Amy Liao

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Paradigm Statement
Last changed 31 October 2021 8:34 AM CDT

For prefs

- I debated in high school for 3.1 years (the .1 being freshman year) at Iowa City West. Currently a freshman debating at Northwestern (although I just joined the team like two weeks ago so take that for what it's worth). I was/am a 2A.

- Went to GDI sophomores 5 week and Mich 7 week FFPSVV

- Limited water topic knowledge. I've judged one tournament (Iowa Caucus) on the topic and did a little bit of prep/coaching for Iowa City West

- Very policy-leaning. The vast majority of my experience and knowledge base is in policy-style arguments so I may have difficulty understanding high-theory, abstract, niche, or jargon-heavy Ks (except maybe the fem K because I've been reading a lot of feminist critical literature for a class, but I'd still consider it intro-level material). I have a particular distaste for pomo & baudrillard, but regardless I am willing to vote for any K so long as it is well-explained; just know that my threshold for "well-explained" is high. What will help you either win with the K or beat the K is slowing down in the 2ar/2nr, isolating at the top of your speech the key issues that frame my ballot, and explicitly comparing your offense to your opponents offense on those key issues.

For pre-round prep

Add me on the email chain azl.debate@gmail.com

BE NICE TO YOUR OPPONENT AND YOUR PARTNER IN ROUND >:((((((

Send analytics -- we're online and mics suck sometimes. Even if we're in person, its a good practice.

Speed is fine and good as long as it's CLEAR. Do: slow down on tags, slow down on analytics, signpost, stick to road map, short pause btwn each flow so I can get next sheet of paper, and other good speech practices. Know that I flow exclusively on paper and the faster you go the more unreadable my handwriting becomes.

If there is likely to be a K involved in the debate, read last bullet under "for prefs".

Tech > truth. BUT...

1---no isms good arguments/harmful/violent args

2---I only evaluate arguments that meet my criteria: claim + warrant + impact.

Example:

"Not specifying an agent beyond the USFG in the 1AC is a voting issue (claim) for fairness and education (impact) because it allows for 2AC respecification which spikes out of agent-based arguments (warrant)"

Anything less I will simply ignore.

3---For me to weigh an argument in my decision, it MUST be extended in the final speech, even if it's been conceded by the other team. For example, aff still must extend case/impacts in the 2ar even if neg cold concedes case in the 2nr. Dropped arguments are only true if they are extended.

I will only judge kick if neg wins condo/judge kick in the 2nr.

Be bold!!!! I love non-traditional strategies and will entertain silly arguments. I read the Saudi ally prolif DA on the aff. I put no neg fiat in all my 2ac blocks. I ended my high school debate career extending the God procedural in the 1nr (God solves aff impacts or they are happening for greater good). Note that this does NOT mean I think silly arguments are on-the-whole STRATEGIC, just that they can be fun and I am willing to vote on it. Debater discretion is advised.

Blue is objectively the best color for highlighting.

Tag team cx is fine but please try your best to ask/answer your own questions. Will dock points if you do it too much.

Ins & outs are fine.

+ 0.3 speaks if you say gautam sucks at debate BUT you have to pronounce his name right

& If you make me laugh i'll give you more speaks ahaha ;)

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-19 NCX R6 Niles North CK Montgomery Bell GP Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-19 NCX R4 College Prep BA Taipei American ST Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-19 NCX R3 Teddy Wachtler College Prep AA Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-19 NCX R2 Blue Valley West OS Barstow NG Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-19 NCX R1 Greenhill KO Notre Dame KR Aff
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 VCX Semis Washburn Rural KP Kickapoo MK Aff Aff 3-0
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 VCX R4 Barstow LeSh Univ Of Chicago Lab KS Neg
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 VCX R3 Blue Valley North PR Barstow AP Aff
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 VCX R2 Truman BL Blue Valley North TU Neg
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 NCX R1 USN CR Blue Valley West WM Aff
Cross River Classic Invitational Formerly Kanellis HS 2021-02-19 NCX R4 Maine East MP Barstow AB Neg
Cross River Classic Invitational Formerly Kanellis HS 2021-02-19 NCX R2 Maine East RA Barstow OS Neg
Bettendorf Bulldog Invitational HS 2020-11-13 NCX R5 Iowa City CT Dowling Catholic BC Aff
Bettendorf Bulldog Invitational HS 2020-11-13 NCX R4 Dowling Catholic SM Iowa City Liberty BI Aff
Iowa City West Novice One Day HS 2020-10-24 NCX R3 SMSOT GZ IowCit SB Neg
Iowa City West Novice One Day HS 2020-10-24 NCX R2 SMSOT BaTa DowCat BH Neg
Iowa City West Novice One Day HS 2020-10-24 NCX R1 Polyte PC Lansin CC Aff
Kanellis Invitational HS 2020-02-21 NCX R6 Glenbrook North SY Barstow LM Aff
Kanellis Invitational HS 2020-02-21 NCX R5 Glenbrook North AH Glenbrook South JK Neg
Kanellis Invitational HS 2020-02-21 NCX R4 Glenbrook North DW Iowa City Liberty DB Aff
Kanellis Invitational HS 2020-02-21 NCX R3 Barstow WE Iowa City Liberty SD Aff
Kanellis Invitational HS 2020-02-21 NCX R1 Glenbrook North PT Washington HT Neg
Simpson Storm Indianola High School HS 2019-09-27 NCX R4 West Des Moines Valley NJ Dowling Catholic MR Neg