Loan Nguyen Paradigm

Last changed 9/28 8:04A CST

I am a teacher and coach. I coach primarily speech but I’ve judged PF for about five years. I flow, but I’m not a policy-oriented person and it shows. My hope is that the experience is fun and rewarding for you, even if you don't win your round. :)

Coherency, strong links and evidence >>> speed for me, always. I believe public forum means *public* access — if you cannot explain or adapt to a lay judge, then do you understand what you’re debating yourself? I abhor grandstanding that sidelines partners or strokes egos; same for any rounds that chase agreeing on a definitions that goes no where. I rarely call for evidence, so if you don’t then I will take it as agreeing to the other team’s use.

Teams should offer a framework.

THIS IS IMPORTANT: cross is for questioning, and during grandx I should hear from both speakers on a team.

Don't steam roll your opponents during cross, especially if you ask them a question - interjecting so they cannot even respond to your question is no go for me. In your summary and final focus, I want to know why your evidence should be preferred, why your impacts outweigh, etc.

Speaker points for me range from 26 to 29 (my "wow!"), I usually don't give 30s unless you are above and beyond.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Polar Bear Open 10/11/2019 PF Oct Johnston KS Okoboji HG Aff Aff on a 2-1
Simpson Storm Indianola High School 9/27/2019 PF R3 Indianola HW Iowa City West GS Aff
Simpson Storm Indianola High School 9/27/2019 PF R2 Southeast Polk BM West Des Moines Valley WT Aff
Johnston Dragon Invitational 11/30/2018 PF R5 Ames HP Ankeny Centennial BW Aff
DM North Polar Bear Open 10/12/2018 PF Q Lincoln CF Ames DC Aff Aff on a 3-0
DM North Polar Bear Open 10/12/2018 PF R5 Bettendorf KK Ames SM Neg
DM North Polar Bear Open 10/12/2018 PF R3 Okoboji DM Lincoln CF Neg
DM North Polar Bear Open 10/12/2018 PF R2 Southeast Polk LW Ames DC Neg
DM North Polar Bear Open 10/12/2018 PF R1 Okoboji FH West Des Moines Valley SJ Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VPF R7 Cranbrook Upper RL Trinity Valley LT Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VPF R7 St Mary's Hall EV Oakwood School - North Hollywood KL Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VPF R4 Amos Alonzo Stagg BH Ardrey Kell AJ Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VPF R4 Homewood-Flossmoor TV Northland Christian NL Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VPF R3 Millburn GM Potomac BM Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VPF R3 Middleton BS Neenah KS Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VPF R2 Strake Jesuit WH Glenbrook North BB Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VPF R2 Northland Christian FE Millard North NS Neg