Miles Luce

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Paradigm Statement
Last changed 29 October 2021 11:32 AM CDT

A little bit about me - Hi! I am Miles Luce, I debated for the Barstow School on the national circuit for four years from 2016-2020. Prior, I debated at the Debate Kansas City UDL for two years in Middle School. I have been a lab leader at the 3-Week Jayhawk Debate Institute for two consecutive years. I debated for one year at the University of Kansas. I am an undergraduate at KU studying Art History, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Philosophy. My pronouns are they/them.

My Background - My argumentative history mostly consists of kritiks and planless affs. I am most familiar with Queer Theory and Poststructuralism. Some of my favorite authors are Jasbir Puar, Judith Butler, Gilles Deleuze, David V. Ruffalo, and Jack Halberstam. I love all debates and would be more than willing to judge a technical policy debate. I hope people do not interpret my paradigm to read as a bias for or against a certain style of debate. As a judge, I understand that my role is to determine which team won the debate.

Why I Love Debate - I believe one of high school debate's greatest functions is exposing students to fields of thought they would not otherwise discover. I really value debaters' investment in research. I know that without debate's exposing me to Queer Theory, I wouldn't have some of the texts that are foundational to my identity as a queer person. Debate was that refuge of self-discovery for me in a restricted home and school environment. It allowed me to express myself in a welcoming environment, in squad meetings, and camps where I found my chosen family. I do not know where I'd be without it.

Evaluating Debates - In evaluating debates, I first prioritize impact calculus. Framing your impact is the most important thing a team can do. Regardless of whether your aff solves X, if you cannot win that X matters, then it is incredibly difficult for me as a judge to endorse your position. In order of priority, I would evaluate turns case, ethics/impact framing, then case outweighs. In debates with equivalent levels of impact calculus, I then prioritize solvency. Given, I do believe the ethicality of an impact might outweigh the question of whether the aff does or does not solve.

Determining Speaks - To me, a good speaker is articulate, persuasive, confident, respectful, and kind. I allocate speaker points based on a debater's skill. However, even if someone is a "good debater" in a skill sense, if they are rude or dismissive to their opponents, their ability as a debater matters much less because they have failed to be a good person. Good speakers should be good people first.

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
NY Fall Faceoff at Mamaroneck HS HS 2021-12-03 NCXP Bronze Calvert Hall HW Mamaroneck BF Neg Neg 3-0
NY Fall Faceoff at Mamaroneck HS HS 2021-12-03 NCXP R5 Newark Science AP Bronx Science KS Neg
NY Fall Faceoff at Mamaroneck HS HS 2021-12-03 NCXP R4 Brooklyn Technical GS Mamaroneck WK Neg
NY Fall Faceoff at Mamaroneck HS HS 2021-12-03 NCXP R3 Mamaroneck KP Nashua HS South BH Aff
NY Fall Faceoff at Mamaroneck HS HS 2021-12-03 NCXP R1 Mamaroneck BS NSU GP Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-19 VCX R7 Coppell MC Lansing SC Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-19 VCX R5 Niles West BT Lansing ID Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-19 VCX R2 Lawrence Free State RP Maine East BV Aff
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 VCX R4 Olathe East LL Washington CG Neg
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 VCX R3 Iowa City West BP Stockdale PS Neg
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 VCX R2 Blue Valley West PS Kickapoo MK Neg
Heart of Texas HS 2021-02-27 NCX Semifi Little Rock Central BM Montgomery Bell MT Neg Neg 3-0
Heart of Texas HS 2021-02-27 NCX Quarte Jesuit LM Little Rock Central BM Neg Neg 2-1
Heart of Texas HS 2021-02-27 NCX Octafi SMELKO DEBATE ACADEMY LD Avi Shah Aff Aff 2-1
Heart of Texas HS 2021-02-27 NCX R6 Liberal Arts and Science BL Westwood VK Aff
Heart of Texas HS 2021-02-27 NCX R5 LOGYC KD Grace TE Aff
Heart of Texas HS 2021-02-27 NCX R4 Hebron OP Niles North ST Aff
Heart of Texas HS 2021-02-27 NCX R2 Liberal Arts and Science GM Notre Dame SH Aff
Heart of Texas HS 2021-02-27 NCX R1 Damien GP Cypress Bay FR Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2021-02-05 NCX R5 Greenhill IG Little Rock Central LM Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2021-02-05 NCX R4 Jesuit MM Slocum ISD BK Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2021-02-05 NCX R2 Coppell 9th MS Greenhill JL Neg
Omaha Westside Warrior Invitational HS 2021-01-21 CX Quarte Crossings Christian BY West HS SLC SW Aff Aff 2-1
Omaha Westside Warrior Invitational HS 2021-01-21 CX R4 Crossings Christian CH Millard West CQ Neg
Omaha Westside Warrior Invitational HS 2021-01-21 CX R2 BASIS San Antonio Shavano XM West HS SLC PS Aff
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 Pol Finals Jesuit MR Reagan AG Aff Aff 3-0
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 Pol Octos Westwo CH WinChu AD Neg Neg 3-0
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 Pol Double Elkins JL SMSOT CY Neg Neg 3-0
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 NCX R4 Greenh SX Westwo PS Aff
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 NCX R3 Westwo MS Greenh FZ Aff
NY Fall Faceoff at Mamaroneck HS HS 2020-12-04 JVCX R2 ADL YL Thomas Jefferson HSST RL Aff
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2020-10-30 VCX S Blue Valley West AD Blue Valley Northwest RY Aff Aff 3-0
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2020-10-30 VCX Q Blue Valley Northwest RY Washburn Rural PW Aff Aff 3-0
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2020-10-30 JVCX S Washburn Rural BK Blue Valley Northwest IS Neg Neg 3-0
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2020-10-30 VCX R6 Washburn Rural PW Blue Valley West AD Neg
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2020-10-30 VCX R4 ADL WC La Crosse Central BS Aff
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2020-10-30 VCX R3 Donna Jalosjos Viplove Rahate Aff
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2020-10-30 VCX R2 ADL YH Little Rock Central GR Neg
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2020-10-30 VCX R1 Shawnee Mission East HS Cyprus RL Aff