Megan Butt Paradigm

Last changed 1/14 8:46A EDT

I am the Director of Speech & Debate at Providence High School and coach both LD (traditional) and PF.

I'm generally a flow judge, and look for the following in round:

Framework: I will evaluate the round under frameworks that are established early and consistently extended. If there are competing frameworks, tell me which I should prefer and why. In PF, if neither team provides a framework, I will default to cost/benefit/util analysis. In LD, contentions should be clearly warranted back to value; please weigh values unless they're clearly a wash.

Narrative: I'm looking for organized narratives -- each response after your constructive should either attack the entire contention-level argument, or specific analysis/warrants. In PF, by the second half of the round, you should narrow to the most key arguments & impacts in your case, & answers to your opponent's case. In LD, I'm looking for value debate first, then contention-level. Please clearly signpost/indicate which arguments & where you're responding so they don't get lost on my flow.

Evidence: I prefer that you fully explain evidence & its role in the round; quality context/warranting beats quantity of cards any day. Please don't just extend taglines/card authors -- flesh out the narrative, and extend the "how" & "why" as well.

I tend to be a more traditional LD judge, but I can judge progressive LD -- I am 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 likely not as well-read as you.

At the end of the day, this is a communication event, and I will evaluate the round holistically. 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. Overall narrative, links, & impacting matter.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Carolina West District Tournament 2/1/2020 PF R7 402 426 Aff Aff on a 3-0
Carolina West District Tournament 2/1/2020 PF R6 400 402 Aff Aff on a 3-0
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/24/2020 LD R5 Calhoun AD Baton Rouge CH Neg
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy 1/18/2020 LD Quarte Cape Fear MA King AB Neg Neg on a 2-1
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy 1/18/2020 LD Octas Cary WA Cape Fear MA Neg Neg on a 3-0
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy 1/18/2020 LD Triple Albuquerque SR Hickory Ridge SC Aff Aff on a 3-0
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy 1/18/2020 LD R4 Montgomery CD Apex Friendship AH Aff
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy 1/18/2020 LD R4 Charlotte Catholic CH SpeakFirst FO Neg
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy 1/18/2020 LD R1 Apex Friendship AK Northwest Guilford MM Aff
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy 1/18/2020 LD R1 Cary CP Apex Friendship JS Aff
Asheville High Cougar Classic 11/23/2019 JVLD R2 Bob Jones IC SandHoke Early KW Aff
Asheville High Cougar Classic 11/23/2019 JVLD R1 Myers Park EL Bob Jones EM Aff
Wake Forest Fall Classic 10/26/2019 Var R6 Wylie E. Groves GL DuVal AR Aff
Wake Forest Fall Classic 10/26/2019 Var R2 Alpharetta HS BM DuVal NS Aff
Duke Invitational 10/5/2019 VLD Finals Cape Fear MA Durham JP Neg Aff on a 2-1
Duke Invitational 10/5/2019 NLD Semis Charlotte Catholic KB Cary BF Neg Neg on a 3-0
Duke Invitational 10/5/2019 VLD R4 Woodrow Wilson TMa Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart CG Aff
Duke Invitational 10/5/2019 VLD R3 Durham GH College Preparatory School of America (CPSA) AK Aff
Duke Invitational 10/5/2019 VLD R2 College Preparatory School of America (CPSA) AM Woodrow Wilson LB Neg
Duke Invitational 10/5/2019 VLD R1 Durham BG SandHoke Early MS Aff
Carolina Kickoff 9/28/2019 VPF R4 North Mecklenburg LB Asheville HM Aff
Carolina Kickoff 9/28/2019 NPF 3 Myers Park SB Charlotte Catholic SC Aff
Carolina Kickoff 9/28/2019 NPF 2 Charlotte Catholic FB Myers Park RT Neg
ISD Carolina Tournament 7/24/2019 PF Semis Ilik Webster & Campbell Thawha Engen & Hsu Neg Neg on a 4-1
ISD Carolina Tournament 7/24/2019 PF Qrtrs Ilik Gold & Marcus Thawha Engen & Hsu Neg Neg on a 3-0
ISD Carolina Tournament 7/24/2019 PF Elim BigTim Nayak & Garlapati Ilik Pandit & Ramaswamy Neg Neg on a 3-0
ISD Carolina Tournament 7/24/2019 PF Elim HuA5G Lloyd & Lloyd BigTim Piduru & Goskonda Neg Neg on a 2-1
ISD Carolina Tournament 7/24/2019 PF R6 Thawha Engen & Hsu HuA5G Garg & Adiraju Aff
ISD Carolina Tournament 7/24/2019 PF R5 BigTim Piduru & Goskonda Thawha Schaefer & Wright Aff
ISD Carolina Tournament 7/24/2019 PF R3 BigTim Chavan & Handelsman JesDeb Gabol & Anique Aff
ISD Carolina Tournament 7/24/2019 PF R3 Thawha Sureneni & Rogers Ilik Webster & Campbell Neg
ISD Carolina Tournament 7/24/2019 PF R2 ARoFla Seidman & Exuma Ilik Lee & Meyer Aff
ISD Carolina Tournament 7/24/2019 PF R2 Thawha Tariko & Owens ARoFla Muchane & Maverick Aff
ISD Florida Tournament 7/9/2019 LD R3 DPRK SM DPRK SR Neg
ISD Florida Tournament 7/9/2019 LD R2 DPRK LS DPRK RS Neg
ISD Florida Tournament 7/9/2019 PF R2 Marco Polanco Nabaka & Xu Marco Polanco Hsu & Shah Neg
ISD Florida Tournament 7/9/2019 PF R2 Rye's Up! Jen & Hsu Rye's Up! Dhuruva & Wu Aff
ISD Florida Tournament 7/9/2019 PF R1 B-Man Zafar & Rajpal Belt and Road InitiatiAVE Freund & Wang Aff
ISD Florida Tournament 7/9/2019 PF R1 Rusketeers Raja & Awonusonu Grexit from the GreEU Jones & El-Kaissi Neg
NSDA Middle School Nationals 6/18/2019 WSD Finals China Pandas Canada Red Aff Neg on a 4-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R10 X243 X113 Aff Aff on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R5 X253 X249 Neg Neg on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R4 X139 X137 Neg Neg on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R3 X221 X204 Aff Aff on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R2 X150 X276 Neg Neg on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R1 X200 X254 Neg Neg on a 2-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 LD Octo 3207 3093 Neg Neg on a 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 LD Dbl Oc 3157 3071 Neg Neg on a 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 LD R5 3168 3015 Aff Aff on a 2-1
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 LD R5 3092 3102 Neg Neg on a 2-1
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 LD R4 3067 3167 Aff Neg on a 2-1
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 LD R4 3152 3161 Aff Aff on a 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 LD R3 3043 3028 Aff Neg on a 2-1
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 LD R3 3072 3202 Aff Neg on a 2-1
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 LD R2 3075 3176 Aff Aff on a 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 LD R2 3117 3185 Neg Neg on a 2-1
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 LD R1 3153 3111 Neg Neg on a 2-1
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 LD R1 3143 3209 Neg Neg on a 3-0
Tarheel East District Tournament 2/23/2019 LD 6 Runo 112 285 Aff Aff on a 3-0
Tarheel East District Tournament 2/23/2019 LD R5 125 131 Aff Aff on a 2-1
Tarheel East District Tournament 2/23/2019 LD R4 220 128 Aff
Tarheel East District Tournament 2/23/2019 PF R2 299 322 Aff
Tarheel East District Tournament 2/23/2019 PF R1 108 266 Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 PF TR Tut Clayton-Bradley CC Wayland GZ Aff Aff on a 3-0
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 PF R5 Trinity Prep HR Madison Central MD Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 PF R5 Unionville LS Bentonville JE Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 PF R4 Poly Prep Country Day HL Ransom Everglades SS Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 PF R4 Nova BR Vestavia Hills RS Aff
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy 1/19/2019 PF Octas North Mecklenburg NK Potomac KS Neg Neg on a 3-0
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy 1/19/2019 PF Double Ardrey Kell AS Charlotte Catholic CW Neg Neg on a 3-0
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy 1/19/2019 PF R6 Ardrey Kell AS Huntington GA Aff
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy 1/19/2019 PF R4 Northwest Guilford OO Sequoyah SH Aff
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy 1/19/2019 PF R4 Ardrey Kell DG Research Triangle HK Neg
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy 1/19/2019 PF R2 Charlotte Catholic RA Charlotte Latin GS Neg
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy 1/19/2019 PF R2 Potomac ZH East Chapel Hill HY Aff
ISD Carolina 7/25/2018 PF Semis Unclou Palmer & Palmer Unclou Quarton & Guber Neg Aff on a 4-3
ISD Carolina 7/25/2018 PF Qrtrs Unclou Palmer & Palmer Unclou Hayden & Kingery Aff Aff on a 2-1
ISD Carolina 7/25/2018 PF Elim Unclou Hays & Longley LavBil Canyon & Erard Aff Aff on a 2-1
ISD Carolina 7/25/2018 PF Elim Jesthi Dannull & Burns aveRAG Narayan & Smart Neg Neg on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 WS Doubs Florida Manatee Gray New England Gold Aff Aff on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 WS R6 LBJ Red East Texas Blue Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 WS R5 Golden Desert Blue New England Blue Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 WS R4 Show Me Green LBJ Black Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 WS R2 Yellow Rose White Hoosier Heartland Blue Neg
Tarheel Forensic League State Championship 4/14/2018 JVLD Fin 321 304 Neg Aff on a 2-1
Tarheel Forensic League State Championship 4/14/2018 VLD Sem 406 402 Neg Neg on a 2-1
Tarheel Forensic League State Championship 4/14/2018 JVLD Oct 310 325 Aff Aff on a 3-0
Tarheel Forensic League State Championship 4/14/2018 JVLD R6 332 320 Neg
Tarheel Forensic League State Championship 4/14/2018 VLD R5 413 423 Aff
Tarheel Forensic League State Championship 4/14/2018 VLD R3 414 419 Aff
Tarheel Forensic League State Championship 4/14/2018 VLD R2 418 410 Aff
Tarheel Forensic League State Championship 4/14/2018 VLD R1 407 416 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/19/2017 WS Semis New Jersey Red New York City White Aff Neg on a 3-2
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/19/2017 WS Octos North Coast Red New Jersey Red Neg Neg on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/19/2017 WS Double East Texas White Florida Oceanfront Aff Aff on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/19/2017 WS R5 Southern California White North Dakota Roughrider White Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/19/2017 WS R4 East Oklahoma White Hoosier Crossroads Red Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/19/2017 WS R3 Sunflower White New England Red Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 LD R4 Riverside CB Boca Raton Community BF Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 LD R3 North Mecklenburg AE Myers Park LM Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 LD R3 Olive Branch HC Grovetown JD Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 LD R2 North Mecklenburg LV Delbarton EC Neg