Deborah Garoui Paradigm

Last changed 5/23 1:04P CDT

LD Debate: I am a judge that leans toward the classic style. I don't mind K-debate, but you'd better make it apply to the resolution! I am not a fan Topicality arguments. If you run more than one off, I'm not going to apply the rest. Don't be a whiny debater. Debate the round! Speed is fine as long as you are articulate. Don't be rude to your opponent, and if you are a male debater...DON'T BE SEXIST OR CONDESCENDING to a female opponent. I want to hear framework, value, criterion, impacts, and links. Give me that and I will be happy.

PF Debate: Framework and Impacts! I don't like rudeness in Cross Examination. I like a mix of claims, warrants, and narrative. Tell me a story. I am not looking for solvency. I'm not sure why people think they have to solve in PF. I just want to understand why you support or oppose the status quo, how that fits into the framework provided, and where/how it impacts. Don't make it too difficult.

Speech and Interp: I enjoy being in speech and interp rounds, where I get to see student's personalities take flight! I love stories, and I feel like the journey's students choose to take us on are important ones!

In interp, I look for HONESTY and connection in each performance. Don't force emotion. We see that! It takes us out of the context of the piece! Also, please don't stare directly at me. I can't get lost in your piece if you are including me in the scene. I want to be a fly on the wall. And I'm a big believer in the FOURTH WALL. Also, I'm not a fan of those who exploit special needs characters, or make fun of them. If you use the "R" word in my round, or show disrespect to special needs characters, you will hear about it on my ballot. Please reconsider doing this in any piece you choose. It is exclusive and disturbing...don't resort to such things for the purpose of a trophy. This community encourages you to find growth in your humanity as well as your talents!

In speech, I like it when I learn something I didn't already know. Teach me! I love coming out of rounds and telling people, "I was in this OO/Informative/Extemp round and I just learned that..." And I don't mind controversial subjects either! As long as you aren't excluding anyone, or being offensive to a particular group of people (race, ability, religion, sexual preference...etc), then I'm okay with controversy. And whatever your topic...have conviction!

In both speech AND interp, I like it when students make CHOICES and take CHANCES. I'm a tough judge, but only because I want you to improve and have the best critique you can get to do that! I love the community that speech and debate provides for students. I also know that the experience I get from every single performer is invaluable! So thank you!

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Grapevine Classic 9/6/2019 WSD R3 Winston Churchill WSD Coppell Black Aff
Grapevine Classic 9/6/2019 WSD R1 Northland Christian Red Greenhill S3 Neg
Plano Clark Swing 8/30/2019 CPF R2 Jasper SS Centennial WB Neg
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 JVPF R6 Waring KM Newtown DV Aff
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 JVPF R6 NADA Debate Institute RZ Poly Prep Country Day BW Neg
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 NPF R5 Cardinal Gibbons SJ Bronx HS Of Science PO Neg
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 NPF R5 Millburn HS Nova KD Neg
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 NPF R4 Kingwood GT American School of Santo Domingo PR Neg
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 NPF R4 Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches BS Lakeland SS Aff
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 JVPF R1 Scarsdale SP Newton South LK Neg
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 JVPF R1 Phoenix Country Day MK Princeton RS Aff
Hebron HS 11/2/2018 WSD Final Plano East Panthers Greenhill Gold Neg Neg on a 3-0
Hebron HS 11/2/2018 WSD Semi Plano East Panthers Northwest Red Aff Aff on a 3-0
Hebron HS 11/2/2018 WSD R2 Grapevine Red Greenhill Green Aff
Hebron HS 11/2/2018 WSD R1 Greenhill Gold Slake Snakes Aff
Plano Senior Clark Swing 8/31/2018 CPF Qrtrs Coppell MG Jasper KM Aff Aff on a 2-1
Plano Senior Clark Swing 8/31/2018 PPF Qrtrs Plano West Sr JH Grapevine WR Neg Neg on a 2-1
Plano Senior Clark Swing 8/31/2018 CPF R3 Lovejoy LK Coppell MG Neg
Plano Senior Clark Swing 8/31/2018 CPF R3 Byron Nelson BB Plano East Senior PA Aff
Plano Senior Clark Swing 8/31/2018 CPF R2 Plano West Sr LW Flower Mound MG Aff
Plano Senior Clark Swing 8/31/2018 PPF R1 Colleyville Heritage SR McMillen PS Aff
Plano Senior Clark Swing 8/31/2018 PPF R1 Colleyville Heritage WN Grapevine GM Aff
North Texas Longhorns District Tournament 2/23/2017 PF R4 Colleyville Heritage WA Colleyville Heritage NL Neg
Grapevine Classic 9/11/2015 CX R4 Lindale DW Union JS Neg