Megan Butt Paradigm

Last changed 18 April 2021 11:21 AM EDT

Director at Providence High School since 2018

Mostly flow judge - I coach LD, PF, and Worlds

GENERAL:

Please COMPARATIVELY weigh so that I don't have to intervene and do it for you.

If you present a framework, I'll look for you to warrant your arguments to it.

Clear round narrative is key. I especially appreciate comparative worlds analysis in late speeches.

Please be clean: signpost, extend the warrant (not just the card), and weigh impacts and links.

I vote off the flow, so cross is binding, but needs clean extension in a speech.

At the end of the day this is a communication event -- it's your job as the debater in the round to persuade me that the arguments you're winning are important, not just that you're winning the "most" arguments.

I do see debate as a "game," but a game is only fun if we all understand and play by the same rules, right? And we have to acknowledge that this has tangible impacts for those of us in the debate space -- especially when the game harms competitors with fewer resources or from traditionally marginalized groups. Please adapt... you can win my ballot just as easily without having to talk down to a debater with less experience, run six off-case arguments against a trad debater, or spread on a debater who clearly isn't able to spread. The best (and most educational) rounds are inclusive and respectful.

No tricks.

No disclosure theory. Case disclosure is not a norm on my local circuit, so you're going to have a really hard time convincing me that non-disclosure harms the activity. Call me old school or out of touch, but complaining that it harms education that your 3 prep coaches had to do a little extra work to write your response verbatim for you before the round just isn't super compelling to me.

IN LD:

I always consider framework debate before I consider contention-level.

I tend to be more traditional, but can judge progressive LD -- willing to entertain theory, K's, progressive case structures, etc. Explanation/narrative is still key, since these are not regularly run on my regional circuit and I am for sure not as well-read on the critical theory as you.

IN PF:

Please collapse the round!

I see PF as, like, the last bastion for people who want to do debate without all the extra tech. If you want a super tech round, debate in Policy... please don't turn PF into Policy.

Not a fan of theory in PF -- I'll vote off of it only if there's clearly an abuse and you don't have a cleaner path to my ballot (because the abuse has ACTUALLY happened and isn't just some attempt to win the game), but I'm way more interested in the substance of the debate. In any case, you probably shouldn't ever collapse entirely on theory if you want my ballot.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
ISD Session One Tournament HS 2021-07-06 PF Finals PM Lab Vidra & Odenthal Rusk Lab Park & Asjad Con Pro 4-3
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 CX R6 312 112 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 CX R5 170 202 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 CX R4 285 168 Neg Neg 2-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 LD Octos Scarsdale ZS Harrison MR Neg Neg 3-0
Tournament of Champions HS 2021-04-17 PFS Double Carmel Valley GZ Nueva AR Pro Pro 3-0
Tournament of Champions HS 2021-04-17 PFS Runoff Acton-Boxborough EF College Prep BP Con Con 2-1
Tournament of Champions HS 2021-04-17 PFS R6 Dublin CK Mountain Brook CD Con
Tournament of Champions HS 2021-04-17 PFS R5 Princeton CL Delbarton CG Con
Tournament of Champions HS 2021-04-17 PFS R4 William Fremd GS Montgomery Blair FL Con
Tournament of Champions HS 2021-04-17 PFS R3 Bergen County Academies NN Centennial NC Pro
Tournament of Champions HS 2021-04-17 PFS R2 JR Masterman KE Sunset ZS Pro
Tournament of Champions HS 2021-04-17 PFS R1 Lake Highland Prep KG Mira Loma KS Pro
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 JVPF R7 Newton South CC Trinity BL Pro
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 JVPF R7 New Horizons D.N NM Ashton RS Con
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 NPF Triple Regis BK Horace Mann CS Pro Pro 2-1
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 JVPF R1 BCAcademy CJ Potomac AN Con
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 JVPF R1 Cary BC Taipei American FK Pro
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy HS 2021-01-15 VLD Octas Sequoyah JS Ardrey Kell SR Aff Aff 3-0
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy HS 2021-01-15 VLD Double Vestavia Hills GJ Cary Acad CP Neg Neg 3-0
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy HS 2021-01-15 VLD R6 Carolina Day CK University SK Neg
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy HS 2021-01-15 VLD R5 Henry W Grady PH Carolina Day KC Neg
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy HS 2021-01-15 VLD R3 Millard North SS Colonial Forge SR Aff
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy HS 2021-01-15 VLD R2 Millard North NL University DP Neg
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy HS 2021-01-15 VLD R1 Pembroke Pines Charter BG Ardrey Kell AL Aff
48th Annual Laird Lewis Invitational at Myers Park HS HS 2021-01-09 LD Semis North Mecklenburg LE Dulles RZ Neg Neg 3-0
48th Annual Laird Lewis Invitational at Myers Park HS HS 2021-01-09 LD Quarte Charlotte Latin SP North Mecklenburg LE Neg Neg 2-1
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2020-12-18 PF Double Edgemont Junior-Senior MM Seven Lakes LW Pro Pro 2-1
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2020-12-18 PF Triple Poly Prep Country Day LM Summit YC Con Con 3-0
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2020-12-18 PF R5 James Madison Memorial GG Semiahmoo Secondary WZ Con
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2020-12-18 PF R3 Bethesda Chevy Chase SS West HS SLC MS Con
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2020-12-18 PF R1 Eastview DQ Lynbrook CS Con
The Princeton Classic HS 2020-12-03 VPF Double Newton South RJ Charles W Flanagan DG Con Con 2-1
The Princeton Classic HS 2020-12-03 VPF Triple Newton South MM Trinity AK Pro Pro 3-0
The Princeton Classic HS 2020-12-03 VPF R2 Horace Mann YC Montville ML Con
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2020-10-15 VPF R7 College Prep LS Acton-Boxborough EF Con
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2020-10-15 VPF R5 NSU AG Summit SS Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2020-10-15 VPF R3 Flintridge Prep NC Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches DV Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2020-10-15 VPF R2 NSU FR Hackley YY Con
Yale University Invitational HS 2020-10-01 VPF R6 North Allegheny KS Trinity Prep ZL Pro
Yale University Invitational HS 2020-10-01 VPF R4 Hawken MW Millburn HS Con
Yale University Invitational HS 2020-10-01 VPF R3 Jupiter BB Riverdale Country LN Pro
Yale University Invitational HS 2020-10-01 VPF R1 Iowa City West MA Lincoln FT Con
Duke Invitational HS 2020-09-19 VLD Octas Durham CB William G. Enloe AC Neg Neg 2-1
Duke Invitational HS 2020-09-19 VLD Double Cape Fear FM Ridge GK Aff Aff 2-1
Duke Invitational HS 2020-09-19 VLD R6 Ridge LA Claudia Taylor Johnson AP Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PF RS Quarte Newton South JR BASIS Scottsdale RS Pro Pro 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PF RS Octos BASIS Scottsdale MS Lake Mary Prep MD Con Con 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PF V Quads University MN La Salle GH Pro Pro 2-1
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK 2020-09-12 PF MS R5 Bergen County CK Kugnus ACTS CK Pro
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PF V R4 BASIS Scottsdale WW Bellaire DN Pro
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PF V R4 Clover Hill RW Dowling Catholic HP Pro
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R6 X148 X109 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R4 X138 X235 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R3 X161 X286 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R2 X284 X205 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R1 X104 X229 Aff Aff 2-0
Carolina West District Tournament HS 2020-02-01 PF R7 402 426 Pro Pro 3-0
Carolina West District Tournament HS 2020-02-01 PF R6 400 402 Pro Pro 3-0
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2020-01-24 LD R5 Calhoun AD Baton Rouge CH Neg
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy HS 2020-01-18 LD Quarte Cape Fear MA King AB Neg Neg 2-1
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy HS 2020-01-18 LD Octas Cary WA Cape Fear MA Neg Neg 3-0
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy HS 2020-01-18 LD Triple Albuquerque SR Hickory Ridge SC Aff Aff 3-0
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy HS 2020-01-18 LD R4 Charlotte Catholic CH SpeakFirst FO Neg
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy HS 2020-01-18 LD R4 Montgomery CD Apex Friendship AH Aff
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy HS 2020-01-18 LD R1 Cary CP Apex Friendship JS Aff
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy HS 2020-01-18 LD R1 Apex Friendship AK Northwest Guilford MM Aff
Asheville High Cougar Classic HS 2019-11-23 JVLD R2 Bob Jones IC SandHoke Early KW Aff
Asheville High Cougar Classic HS 2019-11-23 JVLD R1 Myers Park EL Bob Jones EM Aff
Duke Invitational HS 2019-10-05 VLD Finals Cape Fear MA Durham JP Neg Aff 2-1
Duke Invitational HS 2019-10-05 NLD Semis Charlotte Catholic KB Cary BF Neg Neg 3-0
Duke Invitational HS 2019-10-05 VLD R4 Woodrow Wilson TMa Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart CG Aff
Duke Invitational HS 2019-10-05 VLD R3 Durham GH College Preparatory School of America (CPSA) AK Aff
Duke Invitational HS 2019-10-05 VLD R2 College Preparatory School of America (CPSA) AM Woodrow Wilson LB Neg
Duke Invitational HS 2019-10-05 VLD R1 Durham BG SandHoke Early MS Aff
Carolina Kickoff HS 2019-09-28 VPF R4 North Mecklenburg LB Asheville HM Pro
Carolina Kickoff HS 2019-09-28 NPF 3 Myers Park SB Charlotte Catholic SC Pro
Carolina Kickoff HS 2019-09-28 NPF 2 Charlotte Catholic FB Myers Park RT Con
ISD Carolina Tournament HS 2019-07-24 PF Semis Ilik Webster & Campbell Thawha Engen & Hsu Con Con 4-1
ISD Carolina Tournament HS 2019-07-24 PF Qrtrs Ilik Gold & Marcus Thawha Engen & Hsu Con Con 3-0
ISD Carolina Tournament HS 2019-07-24 PF Elim BigTim Nayak & Garlapati Ilik Pandit & Ramaswamy Con Con 3-0
ISD Carolina Tournament HS 2019-07-24 PF Elim HuA5G Lloyd & Lloyd BigTim Piduru & Goskonda Con Con 2-1
ISD Carolina Tournament HS 2019-07-24 PF R6 Thawha Engen & Hsu HuA5G Garg & Adiraju Pro
ISD Carolina Tournament HS 2019-07-24 PF R5 BigTim Piduru & Goskonda Thawha Schaefer & Wright Pro
ISD Carolina Tournament HS 2019-07-24 PF R3 Thawha Sureneni & Rogers Ilik Webster & Campbell Con
ISD Carolina Tournament HS 2019-07-24 PF R3 BigTim Chavan & Handelsman JesDeb Gabol & Anique Pro
ISD Carolina Tournament HS 2019-07-24 PF R2 Thawha Tariko & Owens ARoFla Muchane & Maverick Pro
ISD Carolina Tournament HS 2019-07-24 PF R2 ARoFla Seidman & Exuma Ilik Lee & Meyer Pro
ISD Florida Tournament HS 2019-07-09 LD R3 DPRK SM DPRK SR Neg
ISD Florida Tournament HS 2019-07-09 LD R2 DPRK LS DPRK RS Neg
ISD Florida Tournament HS 2019-07-09 PF R2 Marco Polanco Nabaka & Xu Marco Polanco Hsu & Shah Con
ISD Florida Tournament 2019-07-09 PF R2 Rye's Up! Jen & Hsu Rye's Up! Dhuruva & Wu Pro
ISD Florida Tournament HS 2019-07-09 PF R1 Rusketeers Raja & Awonusonu Grexit from the GreEU Jones & El-Kaissi Con
ISD Florida Tournament HS 2019-07-09 PF R1 B-Man Zafar & Rajpal Belt and Road InitiatiAVE Freund & Wang Pro
NSDA Middle School Nationals HS 2019-06-18 WSD Finals China Pandas Canada Red Aff Neg 4-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 CX R10 X243 X113 Aff Aff 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 CX R5 X253 X249 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 CX R4 X139 X137 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 CX R3 X221 X204 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 CX R2 X150 X276 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 CX R1 X200 X254 Neg Neg 2-0
NCFL Grand Nationals HS 2019-05-25 LD Octo 3207 3093 Neg Neg 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals HS 2019-05-25 LD Dbl Oc 3157 3071 Neg Neg 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals HS 2019-05-25 LD R5 3092 3102 Neg Neg 2-1
NCFL Grand Nationals HS 2019-05-25 LD R5 3168 3015 Aff Aff 2-1
NCFL Grand Nationals HS 2019-05-25 LD R4 3067 3167 Aff Neg 2-1
NCFL Grand Nationals HS 2019-05-25 LD R4 3152 3161 Aff Aff 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals HS 2019-05-25 LD R3 3072 3202 Aff Neg 2-1
NCFL Grand Nationals HS 2019-05-25 LD R3 3043 3028 Aff Neg 2-1
NCFL Grand Nationals HS 2019-05-25 LD R2 3075 3176 Aff Aff 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals HS 2019-05-25 LD R2 3117 3185 Neg Neg 2-1
NCFL Grand Nationals HS 2019-05-25 LD R1 3153 3111 Neg Neg 2-1
NCFL Grand Nationals HS 2019-05-25 LD R1 3143 3209 Neg Neg 3-0
Tarheel East District Tournament HS 2019-02-23 LD R5 125 131 Aff Aff 2-1
Tarheel East District Tournament HS 2019-02-23 LD R4 220 128 Aff
Tarheel East District Tournament HS 2019-02-23 PF R2 299 322 Pro
Tarheel East District Tournament HS 2019-02-23 PF R1 108 266 Con
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2019-01-25 PF TR Tut Wayland GZ
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2019-01-25 PF R5 Trinity Prep HR Madison Central MD Pro
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2019-01-25 PF R5 Unionville LS Bentonville JE Pro
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2019-01-25 PF R4 Poly Prep Country Day HL Ransom Everglades SS Con
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2019-01-25 PF R4 Nova BR Vestavia Hills RS Pro
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy HS 2019-01-19 PF Octas North Mecklenburg NK Potomac KS Con Con 3-0
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy HS 2019-01-19 PF Double Ardrey Kell AS Charlotte Catholic CW Con Con 3-0
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy HS 2019-01-19 PF R6 Ardrey Kell AS Huntington GA Pro
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy HS 2019-01-19 PF R4 Northwest Guilford OO Sequoyah SH Pro
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy HS 2019-01-19 PF R4 Ardrey Kell DG Research Triangle HK Con
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy HS 2019-01-19 PF R2 Charlotte Catholic RA Charlotte Latin GS Con
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy HS 2019-01-19 PF R2 Potomac ZH East Chapel Hill HY Pro
ISD Carolina HS 2018-07-25 PF Semis Unclou Palmer & Palmer Unclou Quarton & Guber Con Pro 4-3
ISD Carolina HS 2018-07-25 PF Qrtrs Unclou Palmer & Palmer Unclou Hayden & Kingery Pro Pro 2-1
ISD Carolina HS 2018-07-25 PF Elim Unclou Hays & Longley LavBil Canyon & Erard Pro Pro 2-1
ISD Carolina 2018-07-25 PF Elim Jesthi Dannull & Burns aveRAG Narayan & Smart Con Con 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2018-06-17 WS Doubs Florida Manatee Gray New England Gold Prop Prop 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2018-06-17 WS R6 LBJ Red East Texas Blue Prop
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2018-06-17 WS R5 Golden Desert Blue New England Blue Opp
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2018-06-17 WS R4 Show Me Green LBJ Black Prop
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2018-06-17 WS R2 Yellow Rose White Hoosier Heartland Blue Opp
Tarheel Forensic League State Championship HS 2018-04-14 JVLD Fin 321 304 Neg Aff 2-1
Tarheel Forensic League State Championship HS 2018-04-14 VLD Sem 406 402 Neg Neg 2-1
Tarheel Forensic League State Championship HS 2018-04-14 JVLD Oct 310 325 Aff Aff 3-0
Tarheel Forensic League State Championship HS 2018-04-14 JVLD R6 332 320 Neg
Tarheel Forensic League State Championship HS 2018-04-14 VLD R5 413 423 Aff
Tarheel Forensic League State Championship HS 2018-04-14 VLD R3 414 419 Aff
Tarheel Forensic League State Championship HS 2018-04-14 VLD R2 418 410 Aff
Tarheel Forensic League State Championship HS 2018-04-14 VLD R1 407 416 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2017-06-19 WS Semis New Jersey Red New York City White Prop Opp 3-2
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2017-06-19 WS Octos North Coast Red New Jersey Red Opp Opp 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2017-06-19 WS Double East Texas White Florida Oceanfront Prop Prop 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2017-06-19 WS R5 Southern California White North Dakota Roughrider White Prop
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2017-06-19 WS R4 East Oklahoma White Hoosier Crossroads Red Opp
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2017-06-19 WS R3 Sunflower White New England Red Opp
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 LD R4 Riverside CB Boca Raton Community BF Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 LD R3 Olive Branch HC Grovetown JD Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 LD R3 North Mecklenburg AE Myers Park LM Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 LD R2 North Mecklenburg LV Delbarton EC Neg