Clement Agho-Otoghile Paradigm

Last changed 6/17 10:45A CDT

Forensics is a speaking competition in which the art of rhetoric is utilized - speaking effectively to persuade or influence [the judge].

I take Socrates's remarks in Plato's Apology as the basis of my judging: "...when I do not know, neither do I think I know...I am likely to be wiser than he to this small extent, that I do not think I know when I do not know" (Ap. 21d-e).

My paradigm of any round is derived from: CLARITY!!!

All things said in the round need to be clear! Whatever it is you want me to comprehend, vote on, and so forth, needs to be clearly articulated, while one is speaking. This stipulation should not be interpreted as: I am ignorant about debate - I am simply placing the burden on the debater to debate; it is his or her responsibility to explain all the arguments presented. Furthermore, any argument has the same criteria; therefore, clash, at the substantive level, is a must!

First and foremost, I follow each debate league's constitution, per the tournament.

Secondly, general information, for all debate forms, is as follows:

1) Speed: As long as I can understand you well enough to flow the round, since I vote per the flow!, then you can speak as slow or fast as you deem necessary. I do not yell clear, for we are not in practice round, and that's judge interference. Also, unless there is "clear abuse," I do not call for cards, for then I am debating. One does not have to spread - especially in PF.

2) Case: I am a tab judge; I will vote the way in which you explain to me to do so; thus I do not have a preference, or any predispositions, to the arguments you run. It should be noted that in a PF round, non-traditional/abstract arguments should be expressed in terms of why they are being used, and how it relates to the round.

Set a metric in the round, then tell me why you/y'all have won your metric, while your opponent(s) has lost their metric and/or you/y'all have absorbed their metric.

The job of any debater is to persuade the judge, by way of logical reasoning, to vote in his or her favor, while maintaining one's position, and discrediting his or her opponent's position. So long as the round is such, I say good luck to all!

Ask any other clarification questions before the round!

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Bellaire Forensic Tournament 10/11/2019 CPF Dbl oc Blanton & Duarte WilP Chen & Huang Aff Neg on a 2-1
The Holy Cross School Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhib 9/27/2019 PF Finals Durham OH Strake Jesuit JA Aff Aff on a 2-1
The Holy Cross School Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhib 9/27/2019 PF Quarte Hoover VS Strake Jesuit BG Neg Neg on a 2-1
The Holy Cross School Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhib 9/27/2019 LD R6 Baton Rouge PF Teurlings Catholic RH Aff
The Holy Cross School Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhib 9/27/2019 LD R5 Albuquerque SR Durham JP Aff
The Holy Cross School Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhib 9/27/2019 LD R4 Albuquerque LN Christopher Columbus PP Aff
The Holy Cross School Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhib 9/27/2019 LD R3 Montgomery TD Teurlings Catholic EO Neg
The Holy Cross School Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhib 9/27/2019 LD R2 Albuquerque AK Mountain Brook EJ Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 LD R5 Lovejoy AR Village AF Neg
Winston Churchill Classic 1/11/2019 LD R6 Robert E Lee GG WB Ray AM Neg
Winston Churchill Classic 1/11/2019 LD R4 St Thomas NK Veterans Memorial BM Neg
Winston Churchill Classic 1/11/2019 LD R4 Claudia Taylor AP Louis D. Brandeis SR Aff
King Round Robin 3/23/2018 LDRR R5 Lexington RW Westwood RS Aff
King Round Robin 3/23/2018 LDRR R2 Cy-Fair TW Winston Churchill WC Aff Aff on a 2-0
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/2/2018 VPF F Westwood SL Plano West Senior FZ Aff Aff on a 3-0
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/2/2018 VCX R5 San Marcos OH Wichita East SA Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/2/2018 VCX R4 Hendrickson GS Washburn Rural PK Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/2/2018 VCX R3 Crossings Christian SD Wichita East HG Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/2/2018 VCX R1 Jesuit CP AM Lindale MW Neg
Winston Churchill Classic 1/5/2018 NLD R4 St Thomas DM Flower Mound UV Neg
Winston Churchill Classic 1/5/2018 NLD R4 Teurlings Catholic AC Flower Mound SS Neg
Winston Churchill Classic 1/5/2018 NLD R3 Flower Mound AK Lindale ZJ Neg
Isidore Newman School Invitational 12/8/2017 VarLD Finals St. Andrew's Episcopal IB Prosper AA Aff Aff on a 5-0
Isidore Newman School Invitational 12/8/2017 VarLD Semis St. Andrew's Episcopal IB Cy-Fair TW Aff Aff on a 3-0
Isidore Newman School Invitational 12/8/2017 VarLD Quarte McNeil PV Prosper AA Neg Neg on a 3-0
Isidore Newman School Invitational 12/8/2017 VarLD Octos Montgomery AW Cy-Fair TW Neg Neg on a 2-1
Isidore Newman School Invitational 12/8/2017 VarLD Partia Bellaire JK McNeil AR Aff Aff on a 2-1
Isidore Newman School Invitational 12/8/2017 VarLD R6 Montgomery GC Lamar Houston MT Aff
Isidore Newman School Invitational 12/8/2017 VarLD R6 Alief Taylor SH West Broward AC Aff
Isidore Newman School Invitational 12/8/2017 VarLD R5 Houston Memorial AQ Cy-Fair TW Neg
Isidore Newman School Invitational 12/8/2017 VarLD R5 Cy-Fair KA McNeil AR Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/1/2017 NCX Quarte Hendrickson CI Crossings Christian BR Aff Neg on a 2-1
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/1/2017 CCX R5 Liberal Arts and Science IJ Winston Churchill MB Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/1/2017 CCX R3 Winston Churchill CR Prosper DH Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/1/2017 CCX R2 Crossings Christian DS USN BK Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/13/2017 LD Octas Montgomery AW Greenhill SK Neg Neg on a 3-0
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/13/2017 LD R2 Connally AK George Ranch MS Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/13/2017 LD R1 Greenhill BZ McNeil NK Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/16/2017 LD R5 Edgemont RG Presentation NV Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/16/2017 LD R3 Carroll HS - Southlake JC William G. Enloe TG Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/16/2017 LD R1 St. Andrew's Episcopal IB San Marino ED Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/29/2017 LD R6 Ridge SK Harvard-Westlake VC Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/29/2017 LD R4 Harvard-Westlake AM Cedar Park MG Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/29/2017 LD R3 Law Magnet MG Newark Science BA Neg
King Round Robin 3/24/2017 PFD Finals Nueva PC MisSan CK Neg Aff on a 3-2
King Round Robin 3/24/2017 PFD R7 SouCar BM Nueva MS Aff
King Round Robin 3/24/2017 LDRR R6 Kinkaid JY Greenhill SK Neg Neg on a 2-0
King Round Robin 3/24/2017 PFD R5 Nueva PC HorMan KS Aff
King Round Robin 3/24/2017 PFD R4 HorMan KS Westwo BS Neg Neg on a 2-0
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/3/2017 VLD S Lake Travis KE Texas Academy MX Neg Neg on a 2-1
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/3/2017 VLD O Westwood AD Woodlands College Park JZ Aff Aff on a 2-1
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/3/2017 VLD D Winston Churchill BR Lake Travis KE Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/3/2017 VLD R5 Blue Valley North AT Reagan MC Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/3/2017 VLD R5 Greenhill DB Hebron AL Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/3/2017 VLD R4 Southlake Carroll JC Westwood DM Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/3/2017 VLD R4 keller MH LC Anderson JT Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/3/2017 VLD R3 Andrews MT Southlake Carroll PD Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/3/2017 VLD R2 Lake Travis TW Prosper AA Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/3/2017 VLD R2 Law Magnet MG Grapevine DS Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/3/2017 VLD R1 Reagan RV Southlake Carroll AP Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/3/2017 VLD R1 Marcus KL Flower Mound CM Aff
Newark Invitational 1/5/2017 VLD Octafi Harvard-Westlake AM Success Academy SC Neg Neg on a 3-0
Newark Invitational 1/5/2017 VLD Partia Success Academy SC Harrison BS Aff Aff on a 3-0
Newark Invitational 1/5/2017 VLD R6 Ridge DD Lexington JM Aff
Newark Invitational 1/5/2017 VLD R5 Lexington OR Scarsdale WM Aff
Newark Invitational 1/5/2017 VLD R4 Success Academy SC Byram Hills MZ Aff
Newark Invitational 1/5/2017 VLD R3 Ridge EW Success Academy AB Neg
Newark Invitational 1/5/2017 VLD R2 Byram Hills LP Ridge MC Aff
Newark Invitational 1/5/2017 VLD R1 Holy Cross TL Harrison SO Aff
Isidore Newman School Invitational 12/9/2016 NovLD Finals Lafayette MM Carrollton JT Aff Neg on a 2-1
Isidore Newman School Invitational 12/9/2016 VarCX R5 Marist SZ Airline WW Neg
Isidore Newman School Invitational 12/9/2016 VarCX R4 Bellaire MW Marist AE Aff
Isidore Newman School Invitational 12/9/2016 NovCX R3 Little Rock Central GL Bentonville AC Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 LD Octo StrJes JH Cy-Fai TW Neg Neg on a 2-1
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 LD Double EdmNor AP Kinkai JY Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 LD Triple Westwo SM Kinkai JY Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 LD Triple Westwo SN Cy-Fai TW Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 LD R5 KatTay CR StrJes WD Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 LD R5 Anders DG Montgo WP Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 LD R4 Hebron AA StrJes AMe Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 LD R4 StrJes BB Marsha JR Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 LD R3 StoPoi EW Pfluge HA Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 LD R2 Hebron XB Pfluge SA Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 LD R2 Woodla DK Kinkai JG Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 LD R1 WinChu BY McNeil KP Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 LD R1 McNeil NM Midway JG Aff
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 LD Quarte Cedar Park MT Harvard-Westlake KK Aff Aff on a 3-0
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 LD Octos Prosper EH Harvard-Westlake SP Aff Aff on a 2-1
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 LD Octos Harvard-Westlake KK Greenhill MR Aff Aff on a 2-1
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 LD R6 Prosper MK Harvard-Westlake MG Aff
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 LD R5 Harvard-Westlake SK Prosper EH Neg
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 LD R4 West Broward AC Prosper AA Aff
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 LD R3 Newark Science BA Harvard-Westlake JN Neg
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 LD R2 Sacred Heart Catholic SP Isidore Newman LA Aff
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 LD R1 UMS-Wright Preparatory TF Harvard-Westlake JC Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD R5 Southlake Carroll AP St. Andrew's Episcopal BM Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD R3 Southlake Carroll JC St. Agnes CD Neg
Grapevine Classic 9/9/2016 CX R5 Hebron AR Union JS Neg
King Round Robin 4/1/2016 PFD R6 ColHer NL SouCar BM Aff Aff on a 2-0
King Round Robin 4/1/2016 PFD R5 SevLak BS SouCar PF Aff
King Round Robin 4/1/2016 PFD R4 Nueva CC NorChr NL Aff
King Round Robin 4/1/2016 PFD R3 Nueva MS ColHer JS Neg
King Round Robin 4/1/2016 PFD R2 OxbAca BL SouCar BM Neg Neg on a 2-0
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/5/2016 VLD S Dulles NB Dulles AW Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/5/2016 VLD Q Woodlands College Park VM Kempner TL Aff Aff on a 3-0
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/5/2016 VLD O Greenhill GB Edmond Santa Fe IM Neg Neg on a 3-0
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/5/2016 VLD O Westwood RS Woodlands College Park VM Neg Neg on a 3-0
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/5/2016 VLD R5 Reagan NP Grapevine JT Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/5/2016 VLD R5 Liberty Christian BS Edmond Santa Fe IM Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/5/2016 VLD R4 Marcus JS Greenhill SA Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/5/2016 VLD R4 williams JL Marcus NS Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/5/2016 VLD R3 Lindale AR Flower Mound MF Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/5/2016 VLD R3 Law Magnet DR Grapevine Faith Christian SB Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/5/2016 VLD R2 Southlake Carroll JC Grapevine KB Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/5/2016 VLD R2 Ruston WP Hockaday SF Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/5/2016 VLD R1 Westwood RS Reagan DM Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/5/2016 VLD R1 Prosper EH Hockaday LH Neg
Cougar Classic New Year Swing at Houston 1/8/2016 VLDUH 4 PlaEas AK CyFair CM Neg
Cougar Classic New Year Swing at Houston 1/8/2016 VldDb R3 Westside AS WdlCol JL Neg
Cougar Classic New Year Swing at Houston 1/8/2016 VldDb R3 Strake CL Crosby JM Aff
Strake Jesuit College Preparatory LD Tournament 12/18/2015 VLD LD5 Montgomery WP HuaXia Chinese AZ Aff
Strake Jesuit College Preparatory LD Tournament 12/18/2015 VLD LD4 Westwood JA Dayton WT Aff
Strake Jesuit College Preparatory LD Tournament 12/18/2015 VLD LD3 Woodlands College Park MSy Barbers Hill AH Neg
Strake Jesuit College Preparatory LD Tournament 12/18/2015 VLD LD2 Dayton IN Woodlands DYu Neg
Strake Jesuit College Preparatory LD Tournament 12/18/2015 VLD LD1 Woodlands College Park MB Clear Brook GR Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/16/2015 PD Round Crosby NF Berkner GO Aff
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 10/2/2015 LD R5 Harrison RP Hockaday KB Aff
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 10/2/2015 LD R3 Isidore Newman MK Plano East AK Neg
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 10/2/2015 LD R2 Hockaday ES Benjamin Franklin Higbh MB Neg
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 10/2/2015 LD R1 Harvard-Westlake LM J. Graham Brown BD Aff
Grapevine Classic 9/11/2015 LD Octos Cy-Fair CM Kinkaid JY Aff Aff on a 2-1
Grapevine Classic 9/11/2015 LD Double Montgomery WP Houston Memorial PK Aff Aff on a 2-1
Grapevine Classic 9/11/2015 LD Double Kinkaid JY Marcus LH Aff Aff on a 3-0
Grapevine Classic 9/11/2015 LD R5 Houston Memorial AF Marcus NS Neg
Grapevine Classic 9/11/2015 LD R4 Holy Cross RS Montgomery WP Neg
Grapevine Classic 9/11/2015 LD R3 Episcopal AB Colleyville Heritage MS Aff
Grapevine Classic 9/11/2015 LD R3 Colleyville Heritage AS Law Magnet DD Neg
Grapevine Classic 9/11/2015 LD R2 American Heritage Boca Delray AD Marcus SR Aff
Grapevine Classic 9/11/2015 LD R2 Liberty Christian BS Cy-Fair TW Aff
Grapevine Classic 9/11/2015 LD R1 Plano Senior EJ Ryan AP Aff
Grapevine Classic 9/11/2015 LD R1 Montgomery MB Kinkaid SS Aff
King Round Robin 3/27/2015 LD RR Round Tan, Felix Branse, David Neg Neg on a 2-0
King Round Robin 3/27/2015 LD RR Round Chapman, Abbey Gelfer, Rebecca Aff
Cougar Classic 1/2/2015 VLD Round Seven Lakes KZ Hebron AN Neg
Cougar Classic 1/2/2015 VLD Round Clements KZ Episcopal AB Neg
Cougar Classic 1/2/2015 VLD Round Kinkaid NK Hebron SM Aff