Madison McKinniss Paradigm

Last changed 12 February 2021 2:40 PM CST

Hello debaters! My name is Madison McKinniss and I am currently in college, but during my high school career, I participated in my local high school debate class and I competed at tournaments within the state of Arkansas. I partook in many debate forms and styles over the three years that I competed, including Lincoln-Douglas, Policy, Big Questions, Congressional, and Public Forum. However, I am more well-versed within the Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum debate. If I am your judge for your round, I focus on great arguments, rebuttals, and framework. I, personally, do not care if the arguments you present seem “extreme” or “extravagant,” or “simple,” but just make sure the argument is clearly stated and precise, but as well as you can defend your case and the arguments you presented, throughout the entire round. Also, I want to iterate that I do not focus on which high school you are affiliated with, etc., and I come into the round with a clean slate and no opinions. As a previous debater, I did not like, and still do not like, when I felt like the judge was biased because they already had a certain opinion about the topic that was being discussed or because they did not like a certain school, etc. I want to be a fair judge for BOTH sides and I will give honest criticism and feedback. Again, I want to clarify and reiterate that you can use any argument and any card/piece of evidence you desire, but make sure you have strong pieces of evidence and backup evidence that will assist you when you are trying to support your claim. In Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum debate, one of the main focuses on these styles is framework, so please discuss your framework and your opponent’s framework. Another tidbit of information is utilizing your prep time!! This will help you so much in the long run. By doing this, it will allow you to map out your arguments and you can take advantage of opportunities to recognize the flaws within your opponent’s case, such as topicality and dropped arguments. I usually will recognize if a debater dropped a piece of evidence, but for flow reasons, tell me and your other judges when your opponent(s) make a mistake! It allows for clarification and helps with the decision-making process. Continuing with the prep time rules, I will only count prep time if you clearly state that you are using it. I will not count your prep time off if you are sharing or flashing your evidence. Also, I honestly do not care if you keep your own prep time, but I, just to make sure, will count it for you as well.

With your speech documents, please share it with me if it is policy, however, if it is LD or PF, I can cover most of your evidence and your arguments through the use of flowing. I would not recommend flashing your case to your opponent or opponents, if you are competing in the style of Lincoln-Douglas or Public Forum, because of the fact that it is supposed to be a slower pace debating style, but if you want to flash your case, I do not mind. Up next is speaker points! I have a general distaste when judges mark debaters below the twenty-five point mark, so my minimum when it comes to speaker points is twenty-five and my maximum amount that I will give a debater is thirty speaker points. Just beware though, I do not give out perfect speaker points (30) often. The exception for the minimum amount of speaker points if you are inherently rude in round and you do not show professionalism to your opponent(s) as well as me (and if there are more judges, them). I also want to state that I do not mind if you spread, however for styles like LD and PF, I would speak in a manner that is articulate, clear, and eloquent, because again, those two styles are slower when it comes to pacing. It also, to me, allows the debater to be more persuasive when you are speaking at pace that is understandable to the general populace.

When making my decision, I focus on these elements:

  • Evidence (including your links and impacts) and was the case’s evidence unique.

  • Rebuttal arguments and did you successfully backup those claims by providing more evidence, more analytics, etc.

  • Voters (why should I vote for your side)

  • Dropped contentions/arguments

  • Topicality (were you on topic, or were you going on incoherent ramblings that do not match with the topic that you are supposed to be debating)

Again, just make sure you are being clear on the arguments you made throughout the round and elements of topicality, theory, burdens, and performance, you can use it all or any because I am looking at if the argument you are making stands against the other. I hope you have fun in your rounds, stay professional, and stay safe!

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Arkansas Forensics and Debate State Championship HS 2021-03-30 NPF Finals 10 Pineda & Rackley 16 Dennis & Ramsey Con Con 3-0
Arkansas Forensics and Debate State Championship HS 2021-03-30 VIPDA Semis 5 Philip Ryan 1 Ava Ramos Neg Neg 2-1
Arkansas Forensics and Debate State Championship HS 2021-03-30 BQ Semis 3 Sarah Havdala 10 Rainey Page Aff Aff 2-1
Arkansas Forensics and Debate State Championship HS 2021-03-30 BQ R3 6 Ryken Emberson 1 Madison Wyatt Neg
Arkansas Forensics and Debate State Championship HS 2021-03-30 VPF R2 3 Heath & Young 16 Weaver & Smith Con
Arkansas Forensics and Debate State Championship HS 2021-03-30 NPF R1 3 Storer & Sammons 10 Shoptaw & Duesterbeck Pro
Har Ber High School Speaker Series HS 2021-02-16 PF Finals 1510 1517 Con Con 3-0
Har Ber High School Speaker Series HS 2021-02-16 LD R4 1110 1107 Aff
Har Ber High School Speaker Series HS 2021-02-16 BQ R3 107 105 Aff
Har Ber High School Speaker Series HS 2021-02-16 IPDA R1 810 804 Aff