Uma Srivatsa ParadigmLast changed 2/13 12:40A EST
I am a parent judge. I have experience judging for the past three years and familiar with rules. I have primarily judged LD, but have done some PF rounds.
I believe that the debators should speak effectively and communicate their perspectives on the topic with appropriate evidence. They should convince me why their perspective has superiority over their opponent. Speaking skills will only be considered if there is a tie between the two teams. I appreciate professionalism in the debate.
I can accept fast speaking, but I would not like speed reading which makes it very difficult to understand and strains the process of listening. I believe that effective arguments have to be succinct, not necessarily elaborate.
I enjoy being a judge, often get inspired by the students and admire the work they put into the debate.
I look forward to being a judge.
Uma Srivatsa MD