Jessica Skordal Paradigm

Last changed 12 December 2020 10:24 AM CDT

Bentonville West High School Speech & Debate Coach

I have been a coach and competitor in the forensics/speech/debate world for 20+ years. I specialize in speaking. Speaker points are important to me. Sloppy or disorganized speeches can cost you the round. Please don't just read to me. I want to see your speaking & delivery skills as much as I want to see your arguments. Make clear arguments and focus on line by line analysis. When it comes to splitting hairs for a win, I will go with the team with line by line argumentation.

Back your claims and counterclaims with solid cards. I'm an analytical thinker when it comes to debate rounds. I want to hear your claims back with more than your opinion.

I am a tab judge and willing to listen to any argument. However, don't kill a dead horse or bet your case on minuscule points. Support your claims with professional backing. Make your points clear and understandable. Make sure you link to the resolution.

I enjoy a clearly organized debate with strong signposting, road-maps, and line by line analysis. Organization is key to keep the flow tidy as well as maintaining clash throughout the round.

PLEASE DON'T SPREAD. Adapt your case structure/speaking style, to adhere to this request. I'm a speaker. I expect solid speaking skills. I can deal with fast speaking as long as you are clear. However, I'm a traditional judge. Don't spread in styles outside of CX. If you do speak quickly, make sure you're clear. If I miss your argument because your not clear, it could cost you the round.

Be sure to read arguments that have a clear link to the resolution. If I don't understand the argument itself or don't understand how it links, there is no way I can evaluate it.

You're not going to win rounds with me in cross. Just because you bring a point up in cross does not mean I will flow it. If you want it considered, bring it up in your rebuttal. Keep it professional. A true debater can give their points without sounding demeaning or disrespectful. It will cost you the round with me. Learn to disagree respectfully.

I am by no means a lay judge, but I judge PF & WSD rounds as if I am. Don't use debate jargon in these rounds. Speak to me as if I had never heard the word debate before. That's the design of these styles.

If you have any questions, please ask me prior to the round.

Avoid arguments that are homophobic, sexist, racist, or offensive in anyway. Be respectful to your opponent and judge. Use professional language at all time.

This is your debate so have fun with it! Best of luck to you!!

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Bentonville Tigers Eye HS 2021-09-28 NLD Quarte 4 Vincent Rodriguez 18 Elizabeth Davis Neg
Bentonville Tigers Eye HS 2021-09-28 VLD Semis 18 Bailey Curry 4 Sawyer Giese Neg Aff 2-1
Bentonville Tigers Eye HS 2021-09-28 NLD Octos 4 Tyler Phillips 4 Calyssa Trostel Aff
Bentonville Tigers Eye HS 2021-09-28 VLD R3 18 Bailey Curry 4 Alexis Childs Neg
Bentonville Tigers Eye HS 2021-09-28 VLD R2 5 COLBY Crihfield 4 Annabelle Morden Aff
Bentonville Tigers Eye HS 2021-09-28 VLD R1 4 Joelle Buckner 18 Daigen Conway Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 LD R5 523 696 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 LD R5 511 726 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 LD R4 725 730 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 LD R4 616 765 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 LD R3 720 678 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 LD R3 691 749 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 LD R2 633 573 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 LD R2 858 684 Aff Aff 2-0
Arkansas Forensics and Debate State Championship HS 2021-03-30 NPF Semis 5 Behar & Hartwig 16 Dennis & Ramsey Pro Con 2-1
Arkansas Forensics and Debate State Championship HS 2021-03-30 NLD R1 1 Isabella Parker 6 COLBY Crihfield Aff
Arkansas World Schools Invitational HS 2021-02-24 WSD Qual R The Debatey Bunch Dark Horses Neg Neg 3-0
Arkansas World Schools Invitational HS 2021-02-24 WSD R2 Steve The Debatey Bunch Neg
Arkansas District Tournament HS 2021-02-11 PF Qualif 10 Graham & Bunch 5 Weaver & Smith Aff Neg 2-1
Arkansas District Tournament HS 2021-02-11 LD R4 3 Sawyer Giese 6 Matthew Eddy Neg
Arkansas District Tournament HS 2021-02-11 PF R1 5 English & Finkenbinder 8 Crow & Coussoule Aff
ACTAA High School February Regional HS 2021-01-31 NLD Finals 4 Isabella Parker 4 Sawyer Giese Aff Aff 2-1
ACTAA High School February Regional HS 2021-01-31 VLD Semis 4 Alexis Childs 5 Jayce Pollard Aff Aff 3-0
Cabot Classic Invitational HS 2021-01-15 NPF R2 26 Pineda & Rackley 9 ChamBon & Sabatini Pro
Isidore Newman School Invitational HS 2020-12-11 PF-V Octas Oxford EA Bellaire DN Pro Con 2-1
Isidore Newman School Invitational HS 2020-12-11 PF-V R6 Gulf Breeze RR Durham SW Con
Isidore Newman School Invitational HS 2020-12-11 PF-N R5 East Chapel Hill MX Madison Central EE Pro
Isidore Newman School Invitational HS 2020-12-11 PF-N R4 Cabot CS Gulf Breeze DY Pro
Isidore Newman School Invitational HS 2020-12-11 PF-V R2 Oxford EA Kamehameha SZ Con
ACTAA High School December Regional HS 2020-11-28 NLD Finals 3 Bailey Van 3 Joelle Buckner Neg Neg 3-0
ACTAA High School December Regional HS 2020-11-28 NPF Semis 3 Nobles & Skinner 3 Schneider & Robertson Con Con 3-0
ACTAA High School December Regional HS 2020-11-28 VLD Semis 5 Jayce Pollard 3 Taniya Henderson Aff Aff 3-0
ACTAA High School December Regional HS 2020-11-28 VLD R3 3 Adrian Esau 5 Olivia Johnson Aff
ACTAA High School December Regional HS 2020-11-28 NIPDA R2 18 Benjamin Shoptaw 10 Joshua Schmidt Neg
ACTAA High School December Regional HS 2020-11-28 NIPDA R1 10 Kevin Sanchez Cueva 20 Kali Givens Neg
Yale University Invitational HS 2020-10-01 VLD R5 Millburn EC Chaminade NB Neg
ACTAA High School September Regional HS 2020-09-20 NLD R3 1 Joelle Buckner 1 Chloe Howard Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2020-06-12 WS Triple Kansas Flint-Hills Yellow New Mexico Red Opp Opp 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2020-06-12 WS R5 Big Valley White Puget Sound Green Opp
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2020-06-12 WS R3 Utah-Wasatch Red Northwest Indiana Gold Prop
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2020-06-12 WS R2 San Fran Bay Brown North Texas Longhorns Orange Opp