Nicole Kroepel Paradigm

Last changed 1/28 9:40A CDT

About me:

I have been coaching and judging PF for ten years. I judge on local circuit tournaments and have also judged national circuit tournaments, including the ToC. I am familiar with the topic, but that does not mean that you should not explain your arguments. As a coach I am very aware of all the nuances of Public Forum debate.

Round specifics:

I can flow speed, but I prefer not to. I do not want you to use it as a way to exclude your opponents. In the end, Debate is about intelligible conversation, if you are going too fast, it can get in the way of clarity of expression, which upsets me. I will stop flowing if you are speaking too fast, so please pay attention to that.

I do not flow cross-fire, but I do pay attention to it. However, if you make an excellent point in cross-fire, you will have to bring that information up in a subsequent speech. Also, DO NOT be rude, I will reduce your speaker points for it. It is inappropriate for teams to make their opponent's feel inferior or humiliate them in the round.

If you are speaking second, please address your opponent's responses to your case, especially turns. It does not have to be an even split, but make sure it is something that you do.

I expect that summary and final focus are cohesive to each other. First summary needs extend defense. Second summary needs to address responses on your case, especially in areas you are going to collapse on, and it should also respond to turns. I do expect that you collapse and not go for everything on the flow in summary. I WILL NOT vote on an issue if it is not brought up in summary. Please weigh in your final two speeches and clash your arguments to those provided by your opponent.

As I expect the summary and final focus to be consistent, that also means that the story/narrative coming from your partnership also be consistent. I may not give you a loss because of it, but it is harder to establish ethos. Defend a consistent worldview using your warrants and impacts.

Make it easy for me to fill out my ballot. Tell me where I should be voting and why. Be sure to be clear and sign-post throughout.

I expect that extensions are clean and not just done through ink. In order for you to cleanly extend, you need to respond to responses, and develop your warrant(s). You cannot win an impact withtout warranting. In rebuttal, please make sure you are explaining implications of responses, not just card dumping. Explain how those responses interact with your opponents' case and what their place in the round means. DO NOT just extend card names in subsequent speeches.

The flow rules in my round for the most part, unless the weighing is non-existent. I will not call for evidence unless it is a huge deal, because I view it as interventionist. I am tech over truth, so I go based on the round and what is true in the scope of the debate.

For February specifically:

This topic needs weighing; you will have to weigh your argument against that of your opponent. There are people at the heart of both sides, so that should always be part of your calculus in the back half of the round. Interact with your opponents' case as much as possible. This topic is economic in nature, so make sure you understand the economics you are running or using to respond. Poorly done ecconomics contentions/responses can be blippy and hard to follow. If you are going to engage in the policitcal climate/policies/elections in the United States, these arguments need to be warranted and explained and must be logical and realistic.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Northern Illinois District Tournament 3/7/2020 LD R5 162 158 Aff Aff on a 3-0
Northern Illinois District Tournament 3/7/2020 LD R4 161 159 Aff Aff on a 2-1
Northern Illinois District Tournament 3/7/2020 LD R3 157 162 Neg Neg on a 3-0
Northern Illinois District Tournament 3/7/2020 LD R3 158 120 Aff Aff on a 3-0
The Milo Cup at Millard North 2/21/2020 PFRR R4 Hunter College Independent BX Newton South SJ Neg Neg on a 2-0
The Milo Cup at Millard North 2/21/2020 PFRR R3 Newton South SJ Washburn Rural MM Aff Aff on a 2-0
The Milo Cup at Millard North 2/21/2020 PFRR R2 Hunter College Independent BX Lakeville GN Aff
The Milo Cup at Millard North 2/21/2020 PFRR R1 Lincoln TF Millard North ZI Aff Aff on a 2-0
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational 1/10/2020 VPF R6 Park City AE Hamilton SD Neg
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational 1/10/2020 VPF R6 Torrey Pines AP BASIS Scottsdale WW Neg
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational 1/10/2020 VPF R5 Phoenix Country Day MP Riverside STEM GL Neg
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational 1/10/2020 VPF R5 Coral Academy AP BASIS Peoria CK Neg
2019 Fall Festival and CCFL Qualifier at Sandburg 11/16/2019 3 N LD R1 Amos Alonzo Stagg SA Homewood-Flossmoor HJ Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 PFG R7 Blake SW Ames AM Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 PFG R5 Hackley BW Corona Del Sol PJ Neg
Northern Illinois District Tournament 3/2/2019 LD R5 Schaumburg Portillo Barrington Thomas Neg Neg on a 3-0
Northern Illinois District Tournament 3/2/2019 LD R3 Barrington Thomas Palatine Tewari Aff
Northern Illinois District Tournament 3/2/2019 LD R2 Schaumburg Prathammanon Evanston Twp Hughes Neg
Northern Illinois District Tournament 3/2/2019 LD R1 New Trier McLaughlin Evanston Twp Toro Aff
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational 1/4/2019 VPF R6 Park City EG Rowland Hall MM Aff
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational 1/4/2019 VPF R6 Harker GC Fairmont Prep BY Aff
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational 1/4/2019 VPF R5 Horizon MM Canyon Crest Independent SL Neg
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational 1/4/2019 VPF R5 La Salle CS BASIS Scottsdale CZ Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VPF Sextos Lake Mary Prep HM Plano West Sr LW Aff Aff on a 3-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VPF R6 Bloomington Jefferson MM Blake PH Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VPF R5 Anderson BF R.E Mountain Secondary CW Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VPF R4 Palisade KM Durham LH Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VPF R3 Campbell Hall DL Walt Whitman KK Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VPF R2 Mountain Brook BA Corona Del Sol PJ Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 NPF Quarte Potomac LX Saline LR Aff Aff on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VPF R5 Edgemont NB Hinsdale Central Independent JR Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VPF R4 Dublin Jerome RB McDowell BK Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VPF R3 Cranbrook RZ Potomac SS Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VPF R2 Potomac LW Dublin Jerome TA Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VPF R1 Roeper LL Dexter AL Aff
13th Schaumburg Saxon Invitational 10/20/2018 VLD R5 Barrington AA College Preparatory School of America (CPSA) AM Aff
13th Schaumburg Saxon Invitational 10/20/2018 NLD R2 New Trier AR Homewood-Flossmoor NL Aff
13th Schaumburg Saxon Invitational 10/20/2018 NLD R1 Libertyville EM William Fremd ED Neg
CPSA Novice LD and PF 1st Annual Tournament 10/13/2018 NLD R3 Homewo Hailey Lunceford Fenwic Conor Kotwasinski Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 PF R7 N118 N107 Neg Neg on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 PF R7 N327 N142 Aff Aff on a 2-1
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 LD Dbl Oc 3170 3142 Aff Aff on a 2-1
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 LD R5 3093 3051 Aff Aff on a 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 LD R5 3002 3212 Aff Aff on a 2-1
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 LD R3 3127 3071 Neg Neg on a 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 LD R2 3027 3159 Aff Neg on a 2-1
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 LD R2 3205 3097 Aff Aff on a 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 LD R1 3031 3188 Neg Neg on a 2-1
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 LD R1 3057 3176 Aff Aff on a 2-1
Northern Illinois District Tournament 3/3/2018 PF R2 New Trier MS Schaumburg GD Neg
Northern Illinois District Tournament 3/3/2018 PF R1 New Trier BM Evanston Twp WC Neg
Illinois Debate Community IDC NoviceJV State Championships 3/2/2018 JVLD R3 AF 4010 AM 4002 Neg
Illinois Debate Community IDC NoviceJV State Championships 3/2/2018 JVLD R2 AG 4013 BD 4018 Aff
Illinois Debate Community IDC NoviceJV State Championships 3/2/2018 JVLD R1 AM 4000 AX 4020 Neg
ETHS Superb Owl 2/2/2018 PF Semifi Bettendorf DS Greenhills BG Neg Neg on a 2-1
ETHS Superb Owl 2/2/2018 PF Quarte New Trier BM Theodore Roosevelt AC Neg Neg on a 3-0
ETHS Superb Owl 2/2/2018 PF R6 Greenhills BG New Trier MS Aff
ETHS Superb Owl 2/2/2018 PF R5 New Trier BM Hinsdale Central WA Aff
ETHS Superb Owl 2/2/2018 PF R3 Hinsdale Central SW New Trier KL Aff
ETHS Superb Owl 2/2/2018 PF R1 Hinsdale Central JR Theodore Roosevelt AC Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VPF R7 Cypress Bay SR Anderson GJ Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VPF R7 Eagan KW Charlotte Latin GT Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VPF R5 Chanhassen MW Theodore Roosevelt CA Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VPF R5 DuPont Manual HG Poly Prep Country Day KR Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VPF R1 Bronx HS Of Science IQ West Orange SH Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VPF R1 Cypress Woods MB Munster BM Aff
The 12th Annual Schaumburg Saxon Invitational 10/28/2017 NLD R5 Homewood-Flossmoor OB Carl Sandburg LM Neg
The 12th Annual Schaumburg Saxon Invitational 10/28/2017 NLD R3 Homewood-Flossmoor AP Evanston Twp TC Neg
The 12th Annual Schaumburg Saxon Invitational 10/28/2017 VLD R2 Homewood-Flossmoor TS College Preparatory School of America (CPSA) HS Neg
The 12th Annual Schaumburg Saxon Invitational 10/28/2017 VLD R1 Evanston Twp ES New Trier KM Aff
Northern Illinois District Tournament 3/4/2017 PF R5 3004 3005 Aff
Northern Illinois District Tournament 3/4/2017 PF R3 3005 3008 Neg Neg on a 3-0
Northern Illinois District Tournament 3/4/2017 PF R2 3005 3009 Aff
ETHS Dead Presidents Invitational 2/3/2017 PF R4 New Trier MM Benet JL Neg
ETHS Dead Presidents Invitational 2/3/2017 CFLPF R3 Carl Sandburg Debate HC Evanston Township OJ Aff
ETHS Dead Presidents Invitational 2/3/2017 PF R2 New Trier RS Carl Sandburg Debate KA Neg
ETHS Dead Presidents Invitational 2/3/2017 PF R1 New Trier ZL Fenwick SS Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VPF Sextos Hackley TW Mission San Jose KW Neg Neg on a 2-1
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VPF R7 Nova AB Blake GY Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VPF R6 American Heritage School - Plantation BK Neenah KS Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VPF R6 Millard North NS Bettendorf HS Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VPF R5 Oakwood School - North Hollywood KL Lakeville South MD Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VPF R5 William Fremd BG Homewood-Flossmoor GN Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VPF R4 Strake Jesuit WH DuPont Manual CS Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VPF R4 Johnston BS William Fremd VD Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VPF R2 American Heritage School - Plantation CK Fairmont Prep OP Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VPF R2 Western MR Morristown West WR Aff