Michelle Kelsey

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Paradigm Statement
Last changed 7 September 2021 5:37 AM EST

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My paradigm, at its core, is to judge the debate according to the parameters set by the debaters in the room. I am willing to decide the round on any arguments the debaters mark as the voting issues (including T, theory, and other procedural arguments, traditional policy affs, planless affs, performance, etc.). You need to be clear, your evidence should be good, and your authors should generally agree with each other (on solvency, Ks, etc.). If you are running critical and/or performance arguments you should clearly articulate what the role of the judge/ballot is in the round.

I don't especially enjoy reading cards after the debate to try to piece together what should have been explained more clearly in the debate. If you think the round hinges on the text of a piece of evidence, spell it out in the rebuttals. Alternatively, if the debate is really good and evidence must be read, I'm perfectly happy to do so; I encourage you to provide me the context necessary to read for you.

Speed is great, just be clear. With online debating, I would encourage you, as good practice, to reduce your speed to 85% or so. Also, know that I flow on paper and need pen time--slow down on T, Theory, perms, CP texts, etc. If I ask you to be clear and you ignore me, I'm probably not going to be able to follow you on the flow. I keep pretty detailed flows (of course, not perfect), if it's not on my flow I'm not voting on it.

Overviews are a great rhetorical tool but if you speed through them I'm not sure how useful they are. Similarly, if they are 5 mins long, you are probably going to lose the LBL. Speaking of rhetorical tools, humor and personality are also a delightful addition to rounds, especially with everything being virtual. :-)

Needless hostility or defensiveness is intellectually--and just at a human level--crushing. Please don't. If you are racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, abelist, etc. please strike me--you will lose the debate.

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2021-12-17 CX R6 Mamaroneck WV Pine Crest IS Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2021-12-17 CX R5 Rosemount DY Peninsula BY Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2021-12-17 CX R4 St Paul Central UW Mamaroneck GS Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-19 VCX R7 Bellarmine WK Coppell NK Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-19 VCX R5 NSU LT Lawrence SV Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-19 VCX R1 Coppell SC Cathedral Prep VR Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-04 CX-V R7 Glenbrook South JS Thomas Jefferson HSST LP Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-04 RR-J R7 Walter Payton Calvin Hwang & Henry Park Coppell Keerthi Chalamalasetty & Alexis Sibanda Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-04 CX-V R5 West HS SLC KM Lane Tech TP Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-04 RR-J R4 Mamaroneck Jordan Davis & Kira Tretiak Solorio Giovanni Rios & Santiago Leyva Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-04 RR-J R3 Berkeley Prep Peter Zinober & Nikhil Tirupathi West HS SLC Seiji Aoki & Saathvik Pai Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-04 CX-N R3 Montgomery Bell SM Glenbrook South HY Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-04 RR-S R2 Walter Payton Cole Weese & David McDermott Berkeley Prep Antonio Souchet & Kyle Shah Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-04 CX-N R2 Glenbrook North MM Niles West EM Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-04 CX-JV R1 Smelko DL Mamaroneck BV Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-04 RR-J R1 Coppell Kaveen Patel & Trishay Naman James Logan Anirv Ayyala & Caleb Hui Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2021-09-11 PD V Quarte Eagan LS Alpharetta JM Aff Aff 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2021-09-11 PD V Double Edina HM Montgomery Bell MH Aff Aff 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2021-09-11 PD V R6 Montgomery Bell AB James Logan NS Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2021-09-11 PD N R4 St Mark's School of Texas LK Berkeley Prep EK Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2021-09-11 PD RS R3 Pace CZ St Mark's School of Texas GP Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2021-09-11 PD RS R2 Berkeley Prep RF Westminster AG Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2021-09-11 PD V R1 Montgomery Bell EB Calvert Hall LS Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 CX Final 270 145 Neg Aff 8-5
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 CX R11 236 168 Neg Aff 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 CX R10 213 241 Aff Aff 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 CX R8 232 172 Neg Neg 3-0
Mesa High School Jackrabbit Jamboree HS 2021-02-04 VPD R2 25 Minker & Branson 41 Kim & Sumesh Neg
Mesa High School Jackrabbit Jamboree HS 2021-02-04 VPD R1 02 Wang & Hsu 41 Jain & Soto Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2020-12-18 CX R6 Mamaroneck DR Interlake CP Neg
ASDCA Division 1 Winter Trophy HS 2020-12-04 VPD R4 AJ Hsu & Keesler-Evans AF Chintham & Mahant Aff
ASDCA Division 1 Winter Trophy HS 2020-12-04 NPD R3 AJ Shah & Jonas AF Verma & Mohapatra Aff
ASDCA Division 1 Winter Trophy HS 2020-12-04 VPD R2 AJ Hsu & Keesler-Evans AN Chung & Kaplan Aff
ASDCA Division 1 Winter Trophy HS 2020-12-04 VPD R1 AF Sathe & Sathish AJ Hsu & Keesler-Evans Aff
The Tradition HS 2020-11-14 CX Semis Copper Hills LB Berkeley Prep SoSh Neg Neg 3-0
The Tradition HS 2020-11-14 CX Quar North Broward Prep GG Pine Crest RE Neg Neg 3-0
The Tradition HS 2020-11-14 CX R4 Valley International Prep AU Pine Crest RE Aff
The Tradition HS 2020-11-14 CX R3 Berkeley Prep SS Homestead PL Aff
Jim Fountain Classic HS 2020-10-23 CX Finals AG Waghray & Dominguez AB Shah & jagtap Aff Neg 2-1
Jim Fountain Classic HS 2020-10-23 CX Semifi AE Urunkar & Sahoo AB Shah & jagtap Neg Neg 3-0
Jim Fountain Classic HS 2020-10-23 CX 3 AB Shah & jagtap AE Kandala & Singh Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2020-10-15 CX R5 Perry PC Calvert Hall CS Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2020-10-15 CX R4 Cypress Bay FK Brooklyn Technical HB Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PD N R6 SMELKO DEBATE ACADEMY DL ADL CW Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PD V R4 Stuyvesant LL Carmel Valley Independent LR Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PD V R3 Stuyvesant LP Hawken MT Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PD V R2 Stuyvesant HL Glenbrook North KS Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PD V R1 DuVal AS Stuyvesant EP Neg