Whitman Howard

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Paradigm Statement
Last changed 30 November 2017 2:15 AM MDT

I forgot to update this, so apologies in advance if it caused any issues.

I mostly did LD throughout high-school, and a bit of a mix between progressive and traditional. So, with that in mind, here's generally how my paradigm boils down.

I don't really care much about what you run between kritiks, DAs, etc, so don't be afraid to read those in front of me, but understand that I likely haven't read the literature you're reading, or may not understand hyper-specific jargon, so it is in your interest to guess that I don't know what you're talking about and give an understandable statement as to what it all means. I care more about how you tell me to vote than anything; make the round about what you want to discuss (hint: this makes it easier for judges to make a decision, which prevent situations where debaters get pissed at the judge. It's harder than it looks!)

In regards to speed: I can handle a decent amount, but the main problem is that clarity is often disregarded by debaters. If it's really bad I'll call clear a couple times, so please just make it good from the beginning. Also, keep in mind that since I graduated I've barely even thought about debate (because I'm finally free!) so it is probably in your best interest to not go at your max speed. I'd like to be included in email chains so I can follow along, but don't take me reading your case as an excuse to sacrifice clarity: whitmanhoward@gmail.com

Furthermore, I'm not versed basically at all in the over-the-top technical stuff. I don't even know exactly what examples to give as I never even had a round with stuff like that, so unless you can succinctly explain what it means in your speech, you should probably avoid it.

Aside from all that, here are just a few preferences:

1. Be relatively nice. There's a difference between assertion and aggression, and the former is always better.

2. You can sit or stand, I don't really mind, but know that standing is better for airflow, forces your blood to stay pumping (which is good for your brain, quite basically), and makes it easier for me to hear you.

3. PLEASE give clear signposting and tags. Simply saying the order at the start isn't enough if you never again indicate where you are on the flow, and speeding through tags will get me lost quite quickly. In addition to slowing down, change the tone of your voice a little when switching between flows, reading tags, or emphasizing certain points.

4. Try your best to have fun. I know this is a typical statement from younger judges, but it's really painful to see other debaters get too stressed out, as I've been in many of those situations. Realize that debate isn't everything: it's a learning experience at the most fundamental level, not a system of grievances and grudges (though this seems to be the case for many kids)

If you have questions feel free to ask before the round, I'll do my best to answer.

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
2018 UHSAA 5A State Tournament HS 2018-03-09 CX R6 105 101 Neg Neg 3-0
2018 UHSAA 5A State Tournament HS 2018-03-09 CX R5 103 106 Aff
2018 UHSAA 5A State Tournament HS 2018-03-09 CX R4 102 109 Aff
Great Salt Lake District Tournament HS 2018-02-28 LD R3 142 123 Neg
Great Salt Lake District Tournament HS 2018-02-28 LD R2 108 159 Neg
Leopard Novice Cup HS 2017-04-17 PF R14 Ro DP Neg Neg 5-1
Leopard Novice Cup HS 2017-04-17 PF R11 DP AW Aff Aff 6-1
Leopard Novice Cup HS 2017-04-17 PF R10 DP AW Aff Aff 7-2
Leopard Novice Cup HS 2017-04-17 PF R9 SR DP Neg Neg 9-0
Leopard Novice Cup HS 2017-04-17 PF R8 PH DP Neg Neg 6-2
Leopard Novice Cup HS 2017-04-17 PF R6 Ro PH Neg Aff 6-3
Leopard Novice Cup HS 2017-04-17 PF R5 Ro DP Neg Neg 7-1
Leopard Novice Cup HS 2017-04-17 PF R3 Ro LD Aff Aff 9-0
Leopard Novice Cup HS 2017-04-17 PF R2 PH SR Neg Aff 8-1
Leopard Novice Cup HS 2017-04-17 PF R1 AW DP Neg Aff 5-3