Alonso Pena Paradigm

Last changed 11/30 3:34P EDT

I debated for four years at Kansas State University, and three years in highschool at Garden City High School. I try to be as neutral as possible, and I will make my decision predicated on the things that happen in the round. That being said I embody a lived experience, and that experience follows me in every decision in life, so I will not pretend that I can seperate myself from that. I will, however, try to evaluate the debate as fairly as I can.

I think that debate is a place where students have the capacity to use argumentative creativity, and so I am willing to listen to a wide variety of argumentative styles. I will repeat what has been said many many times before - do not try to change the way you debate to move closer to what you think I would like. Yes, I have a particular debate style, but that does not mean that I will privilege this style of debate. Do you to the best degree possible, and I will be happy.

Below are some of the particularities of my judging philosophy

Disads

Disadvantages are very important and underutilized in debate. I love a good specific disad debate. Generic disads are fine, but I expect specific links. You should explain why the disadvantage turns and outweighs the case, and you should compare impacts somehow. This means explain to me why your scenario that leads to world war 3 is more important than their scenario that leads to extinction via global warming. I need to know how I should evaluate these arguments. I'm also not going to lie - I am not the most caught up on domestic politics so you should be explaining the specifics of your politics disad if that is important. Do not expect me to do that work for you, because that would assume that I read your scenarios. Chances are, I have not.

Counterplans

I love seeing specific advantage counterplans deployed strategically. I am fine with agent counterplans, but I would prefer them to be competitive. If your mechanism is techy and deep in the literature then I expect some explaination. I am not a fan of process counterplans, but I will vote for them if they are deployed well. Word PICS are cool, but you should have some basic theoretical defense to why PICing out of discourse is legit.

Critiques

I enjoy them. Please stay grounded and do not travel too far into the level of theory without explaination of praxis. What I mean by this is you might have an awesome idea, but I need you to explain it to me in a way that I can apply to my life. Do not assume I have read your literature base. Dense theoretical concepts should be unpackaged. Explain how the alt solves the links/impacts.

Topicality/Framework

I need a concrete interpretation, violation, and impact in the 2NR if you want to win this position. I am totally fine voting for topicality, but I expect the 2NR to explain a consistent story. I find permutation on framework interesting, and if you can explain it well then I will feel comfortable voting on this argument. I know there are some judges in Kansas who are saying that they will not vote for untopical affirmatives. I find this display a gross interjection that ruins the creative freedom debate is supposed to provide to students. I will respond to this by refusing to take the opposite position. I will try my hardest to evaluate framework fairly, and students should not be afraid to read this argument in front of me. That being said, I do still have expectations for you to win this argument, and I have no ideological issues voting for untopical aff if they win the debate with things like contextualized impact turns or a counter-pedagogy.

Speed

I can most likely keep up with your speed. I'll shout clear three times, and afterward I will flow what I can and feel no kind of guilt about missing arguments that I cannot catch.

My Flow

I would like basic roadmaps. Please tell me where you are going. If this is not how you debate, that's coor too.

Cross-X

I'm cool with open cross-x, but I would prefer if the non-speaking partner does not answer all of the questions. It will hurt speaker points. Open cross-x is great, but it often turns into the second speaker continually silencing and belittling the first speaker. Let's please make sure this doesn't happen.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Seaman Fall Classic 10/24/2020 OPEN R4 Silver Lake HS (KS) Smith & Sexton Washburn Rural Reed & Taylor Neg
Seaman Fall Classic 10/24/2020 OPEN R3 Hutchinson Thomas & Lebron Basehor-Linwood Berning & Sajid Aff
Wichita East Blue Ace Debate Invitational 10/9/2020 Varsit 6 De Soto Riley Chambers & Dylan Handley Fort Scott Jadelynne Russell & Ashton Nave Neg
Wichita East Blue Ace Debate Invitational 10/9/2020 Varsit 5 Campus Jacey Gonzales & Joseph Reist Lawrence Cuyler Dunn & Aidan Zimney Aff
Wichita East Blue Ace Debate Invitational 10/9/2020 Varsit 4 Olathe South Videl Nelson & Rachel Sum Sumner Jaleon Brown & Neymara Freeman Aff
Wichita East Blue Ace Debate Invitational 10/9/2020 Varsit R2 Pembroke Hill Emerson Pereira & Aarav Yarlagadda Olathe South Tracey Scott & Olivia Swaney Aff
Wichita East Blue Ace Debate Invitational 10/9/2020 JV R1 Fort Scott Trent Toth & Sam Deloney Chanute Brock Godinez & Nathan Matlock Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 LD Final L148 L121 Aff Aff on a 9-6
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 LD R13 L260 L335 Aff Neg on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 LD R6 L269 L187 Neg Neg on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 LD R4 L198 L153 Aff Aff on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 LD R2 L138 L114 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 LD R2 L112 L317 Aff Aff on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 LD R1 L210 L310 Aff Aff on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 LD R1 L277 L236 Aff Aff on a 2-0
ONW Forensics Invitational NIETOC 3/6/2020 LD R2 10 David Koster 12 Amelia Vasquez Aff
ONW Forensics Invitational NIETOC 3/6/2020 LD R1 26 Will Soper 19 Aiden Basore Aff
Derby Panther IE 2/28/2020 PFD R4 Z Penner & Koster P Nelson & Lopez Neg
Derby Panther IE 2/28/2020 LD R3 D Alexis Pruett AB Xander Niblack Aff
Derby Panther IE 2/28/2020 LD R1 A Hunter Smith E Devon Rux Neg
KSHSAA 2020 6A 2 Speaker Tournament 1/17/2020 6A Doub 03B FV 18B GR Neg Aff on a 2-1
KSHSAA 2020 6A 2 Speaker Tournament 1/17/2020 6A R5 06A CD 15C EP Aff
KSHSAA 2020 6A 2 Speaker Tournament 1/17/2020 6A R3 12D RW 16C LP Aff
ONW Debate Invitational 10/4/2019 DCI R4 15 Reddy & Walsh 21 Jones & Marion Aff
ONW Debate Invitational 10/4/2019 DCI R3 21 Bonilla & Daily 23 Joseph & Hossler Aff
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 R3 Mill Valley BB Blue Valley Southwest SwSa Aff
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 R2 Lawrence Free State BH Mill Valley AS Aff
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 R1 Blue Valley West Jaguars MD Blue Valley Southwest PH Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 LD R12 L342 L189 Neg Neg on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 LD R10 L213 L254 Aff Aff on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 LD R10 L182 L257 Aff Aff on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 LD R8 L320 L171 Aff Aff on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 LD R8 L278 L325 Aff Aff on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 LD R7 L322 L329 Aff Aff on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 LD R7 L299 L221 Aff Neg on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 LD R4 L275 L245 Neg Neg on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 LD R4 L340 L145 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 LD R3 L291 L270 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 LD R3 L261 L178 Aff Aff on a 2-0
KSHSAA 2 Person Debate Tournament 1/11/2019 KSHSA DOFs 18C Wichita East 12D Free State Aff Aff on a 3-0
KSHSAA 2 Person Debate Tournament 1/11/2019 KSHSA R6 3D Olathe South 5D Olathe Northwest Aff
KSHSAA 2 Person Debate Tournament 1/11/2019 KSHSA R5 19A BV West 16B BV Northwest Aff
KSHSAA 2 Person Debate Tournament 1/11/2019 KSHSA R2 20A Derby 6A Dodge City Aff
KSHSAA 2 Person Debate Tournament 1/11/2019 KSHSA R1 1A SM East 12B Free State Neg
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 DCI R5 Eisenhower GS Lawrence DR Neg
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 DCI R2 Salina South DV Lawrence Free State VS Neg
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 DCI R1 Lawrence Free State BW Washburn Rural DS Neg
Maize High School 11/30/2018 VP RD 5 Manhattan ZM Hutchinson WW Aff
Maize High School 11/30/2018 VP RD 4 Jenks ZK Washburn Rural BP Neg
Maize High School 11/30/2018 VP RD 2 Andover LA Washburn Rural MS Neg
Maize High School 11/30/2018 VP RD 1 Washburn Rural GR Kapaun Mount Carmel LJ Aff
BHS Crusader Classic DCI 10/21/2016 DCI R5 19 AH 21 YK Aff
BHS Crusader Classic DCI 10/21/2016 Open R1 21 DG 26 BT Aff