Kevin Wright Paradigm

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I am an old school traditionalist but appreciate and have adapted to the evolution of modern debate.  

A strong argument unchallenged pays big dividends. A strong argument, weakly challenged, pays dividends as does a weak yet unchallenged argument. 

The presentation of the argument is nearly as important as the quality of the argument. a well developed argument is understandable. I prefer debate to be intelligent, articulate, and persuasive and not a speed-talking amass of statistical evidence. I have to be able to comprehend and flow the internal logic of your arguments. If you are clear, enunciate well, with good diction and voice inflection it helps me understand the key parts of what you are saying. 

Evidence is important, but spend time talking about the implications of evidence and making analytical comparisons between arguments. Description of arguments through analogy, examples, testimony, or hypothetical situations is a more persuasive style of debate than just presenting statistics. Commissions of logic fallicies, especially those challenged by the opposition carry weight.

Debaters should take the time to create good cross-examinations. Use them to reveal the fallacies of your opponents' arguments and how their claims appear to run counter to probable impacts or how their silence or ambiguities are cause to vote against their conditional claims.  Concluding arguments demonstrate an understanding of what was most important in the debate to that point.

Everyone in the debate should be courteous through-out the debate. Winning arguments are quality arguments, not necessarily plentiful ones.

Show that you are having fun while making clear how your arguments matter and why you should win!  

CAREER EXPERIENCE

Extensive instructional  experience in the military and as a civilian-as adjunct faculty at Columbus State University and Georgia State University as a professor of Political Science.  A former full time SROTC instructor at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Five years service as Senior Army Instructor at Centennial High School, Roswell GA, Hephzibah HS, Augusta, GA and Monarch HS Coconut Creek, FL.   Served as a US Army officer 1983-2006 retiring as a lieutenant colonel with two Iraq combat deployments.

EDUCATION

University of Louisville (01/01/1997 - 1 May 2007 Graduate) Louisville, Kentucky Degree: MA - Major: Political Science

United States Military Academy (07/02/1979 - 05/25/1983) West Point, New York Degree: BS - Major: BS  International Affairs

Training - Near East and North Africa Regional Seminar (05/26/1995) US State Department Foreign Service Institute intensive seminar to prepare government employees for foreign service in the Middle East.

 

RELEVANT DEBATE & DRAMA EXPERIENCE

Baldwin City HS, KS  1975-1979 Debate Team.  1978 Kansas State Debate Champion. 1979  4th Place Kansas State Debate Championship

Forensics:  Improvisational Duo, Extemporaneous Speaking

Drama:   Supporting actor roles 4 years HS theater productions-character actor, impersonations, voices

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/23/2018 LD1 Octas Harvard-Westlake Tessa Augsberger Lake Highland Prep Jaden Ackerman Aff Aff on a 3-0
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/23/2018 LD2 Quarte Lake Highland Prep Parnika Agrawal St Pius X Catholic Joseph Tarnowski Aff Aff on a 3-0
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/23/2018 LD1 R4 Meadows Nebi Samuel Lake Highland Prep Samrit Samuel Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/23/2018 LD1 R2 Lake Highland Prep Jaden Ackerman Calhoun Anjena Duhanan Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/23/2018 LD1 R1 Little Rock Central Kassandra Torres Harvard-Westlake Hope Shinderman Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/23/2018 LD1 R1 Marlborough Olivia Feldman Mountain Brook Christian Glenos Aff
GFCA State 3/2/2018 LD Octos Cherokee Anne Greer South Forsyth Shubhang Arashanapalli Neg Neg on a 2-1
GFCA State 3/2/2018 LD R6 Henry W. Grady Alex Opsahl St Pius X Catholic William Poe Aff
GFCA State 3/2/2018 LD R5 Sequoyah Elijah Moore Marist Rachel Lee Aff
GFCA State 3/2/2018 LD R3 Houston County Eli Eddy Cherokee Anne Greer Neg
GFCA State 3/2/2018 LD R2 South Forsyth Shubhang Arashanapalli Henry W. Grady Griffin Richie Aff
GFCA State 3/2/2018 LD R1 Marist Mackenzie Childs Carrollton Janice Teal Aff
GFCA Varsity State Championships 3/3/2017 LD Octofi Henry W. Grady GB Starrs Mill CW Aff Aff on a 2-1
GFCA Varsity State Championships 3/3/2017 LD R6 Lovett PK Lassiter GL Neg
GFCA Varsity State Championships 3/3/2017 LD R3 Starrs Mill CW McIntosh LH Aff
GFCA Varsity State Championships 3/3/2017 LD R2 Sequoyah RC Walton AC Neg
GFCA Varsity State Championships 3/3/2017 LD R1 North Atlanta AM Valdosta MG Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 LD R6 Lassiter GL North Mecklenburg AE Neg
Sequoyah Autumn Argument 11/5/2016 VLD R4 Pope LB Cherokee CS Neg
Sequoyah Autumn Argument 11/5/2016 NLD R1 Hillgrove KJ Cherokee AG Neg
Sequoyah Autumn Argument 11/5/2016 NLD R1 Cherokee MH Allatoona PM Aff
21st Fayette Classic 10/7/2016 VLD R5 Hillgrove AO Evans HD Aff
21st Fayette Classic 10/7/2016 NLD R3 Lassiter GL Starrs Mill JH Aff
21st Fayette Classic 10/7/2016 NLD R1 North Hall BW Lassiter JH Neg