Loan Nguyen Paradigm

Last changed 5 March 2021 2:47 PM CDT

Pronouns: they/them

Style: I respond negatively to speakers who are rude, inappropriate/disrespectful, behaviorally "icky." if you make snarky remarks that feel like personal or direct attacks to your fellow competitors, you immediately lose speaker points

Background: I am a teacher and coach. I coach primarily speech but I enjoy congress and PF. I flow; I’m not a Policy person in PF, they are separate for a reason. I am not a lay judge, but I expect to see adaptation in round as it shows a level of skill in competitors who can persuade to their judges' paradigms. My hope is that the experience is fun and rewarding for you, even if you don't win your round. :)

What I look for in a 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. I also believe that if there are fundamentally untrue things ("racism good") I will not accept them in round (truth over tech).

Teams should, explicitly, at the beginning determine how the round should be weighed!!

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.

For congress: I want to hear refutation --> I want to see warrants (you are all students!) --> I want to see clash and I want advancement of the debate! I cannot stand questioning when the speaker is rude or dismissive of questions, even if they are simple or irrelevant questions. Congress is unique in its demand of decorum and if you cannot handle being a decent person in a role play of congress, then you need to reevaluate if you understand how congress in this activity functions.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Simpson Storm HS 2021-10-02 VPF R6 Indianola EB Johnston CK Con Con 2-1
Bettendorf Bulldog Invitational HS 2020-11-13 NPF R4 Waukee BY Norwalk PK Pro
National Speech and Debate Tournament MS 2020-06-12 PF R16 N349 N265 Con Con 4-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 PF R7 N215 N313 Con Con 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 PF R7 N320 N204 Pro Pro 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 PF R6 N227 N319 Pro
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 PF R6 N141 N264 Pro Pro 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 PF R5 N284 N110 Pro Pro 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 PF R5 N213 N198 Con Con 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 PF R4 N106 N147 Con Con 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 PF R4 N383 N242 Pro
Simpson Storm Indianola High School HS 2019-09-27 PF R3 Indianola HW Iowa City West GS Aff
Simpson Storm Indianola High School HS 2019-09-27 PF R2 Southeast Polk BM West Des Moines Valley WT Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2016-11-19 VPF R7 St Mary's Hall EV Oakwood School - North Hollywood KL Con
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2016-11-19 VPF R7 Cranbrook Upper RL Trinity Valley LT Con
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2016-11-19 VPF R4 Amos Alonzo Stagg BH Ardrey Kell AJ Pro
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2016-11-19 VPF R4 Homewood-Flossmoor TV Northland Christian NL Con
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2016-11-19 VPF R3 Millburn GM Potomac BM Pro
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2016-11-19 VPF R3 Middleton BS Neenah KS Pro
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2016-11-19 VPF R2 Strake Jesuit WH Glenbrook North BB Pro
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2016-11-19 VPF R2 Northland Christian FE Millard North NS Con