Baraa Alkhani Paradigm

Last changed 12/7 2:55P CDT

Hi! My name's Baraa Alkhani, I debated in LD for 3 years at Stagg High School and was the 2018 IHSA state champion. I debated traditionally and never went to the NatCircuit. Though, by Illinois standards, I guess you can say I was a bit progressive in that I valued cards and was a bit faster as a debater.

Framework

The round's yours and I want to analyze it through the weighing mechanisms you provide for me. With that said, be sure to clearly articulate what you want me to analyze so I can do it. If you don't give me a weighing mechanism, then I may have to draw the connections myself, and that might not be to your advantage. I agree with Zachary Mellow, so I'll quote him here, "To me, the value debate isn't as important as it is to a lot of other judges. If you have the same or even a similar value to your opponent, do not spend too much time clashing at the value level if there's nothing to clash about. For example, if your value is morality and your opponent's is justice but you define them in similar ways, to me that doesn't mean there is a need for clash. But if your values are different and you think it's important to distinguish this difference, then, by all means, spend time on the value debate. Moreover, the value criterion debate is substantially more important, as it dictates through what lens I will be weighing impacts from the contention level in the round. On the contention level debate, make sure you're explaining clearly why your impacts outweigh your opponent's, and also make sure to link them back to the value criterion debate."

Speed

Speed is fine, per traditional standards, but if you start spreading like on the NatCircuit, I'll just give up on flowing it. I usually flow on paper, but sometimes on a computer. So if you see me switch up from time to time don't worry because I'll always flow. Be sure to be clear and signpost effectively so that I know where you are on the flow. If I don't catch something, it's probably your fault. Sorry.

Flow

I analyze the flow holistically, meaning you should establish a clear framework and then link back your contentions and impacts through that framework. If an argument is dropped be sure to call it out in your next speech and then I'll take it into consideration on the flow. You can extend cards, but that's not always necessary, but be sure to EXPLAIN IT if you do. Don't say, "Extend the New York Times analysis," and then move on cause that's not a real extension. You're better off extending 1 card and impacting it than 20 with no real elaboration.

I love clash and debate on the warrants and contention levels. Numerous responses, weighing, turns, nonuniqueness, risk of offense, impact calculus, comparative analyses, etc. I love to see. Fill up your rebuttal with meaningful attacks and defense and the ballot will write itself.

Motivation

Finally, as I've learned through my experiences, have fun. If I give you the L, it's not the end of the world. Trust me it doesn't mean I hate you. Rather, it means that you can still learn and improve in your journey as a debater. Same with if you win. Always strive to improve your game, your speaking, and case writing. If you choose to be complacent with how you're doing, you'll never get to the next level where you want to be.

Be respectful, professional, and confident. I'm pretty outgoing so never hesitate to ask me questions or reach out to me at a tournament. If something here hasn't been addressed, then ask me prior to the round :)

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
2020 Convocation of Eagles 1/25/2020 4 VLD R5 Palatine ND William Fremd KZ Aff
2020 Convocation of Eagles 1/25/2020 6 NLD R3 Homewood-Flossmoor TC Palatine IM Neg
2020 Convocation of Eagles 1/25/2020 6 NLD R2 Fenwick CN Belleville East CP Aff
2020 Convocation of Eagles 1/25/2020 6 NLD R1 Carl Sandburg KC Buffalo Grove CT Aff
Walk the Plank Debate Tournament 1/18/2020 1VLD R5 Palatine KT Homewood-Flossmoor HL Aff
Walk the Plank Debate Tournament 1/18/2020 1VLD R4 Carl Sandburg EM William Fremd KZ Aff
Walk the Plank Debate Tournament 1/18/2020 3NPF R3 Carl Sandburg PR William Fremd CV Neg
Walk the Plank Debate Tournament 1/18/2020 1VPF R2 Palatine HP IL Math And Science BS Aff
Walk the Plank Debate Tournament 1/18/2020 1VPF R1 Carl Sandburg SS Hinsdale Central JA Aff
Thunderbolt Invitational 12/14/2019 2NLD R4 Fenwick WB Carl Sandburg KCa Neg
Thunderbolt Invitational 12/14/2019 1OLD R3 William Fremd JK Homewood-Flossmoor NL Aff
Thunderbolt Invitational 12/14/2019 1OLD R2 William Fremd VC Carl Sandburg KA Aff
Thunderbolt Invitational 12/14/2019 1OLD R1 William Fremd RA Carl Sandburg MA Aff
Blue Thunder Invitational 12/7/2019 1 VLD R5 Homewood-Flossmoor KS William Fremd KJ Neg
Blue Thunder Invitational 12/7/2019 1 VLD R4 Evanston Twp EE Fenwick LW Aff
Blue Thunder Invitational 12/7/2019 1 VLD R3 Homewood-Flossmoor KS Libert MK Neg
Blue Thunder Invitational 12/7/2019 1 VLD R2 Homewood-Flossmoor NL William Fremd EY Neg
Blue Thunder Invitational 12/7/2019 NLD R1 Libertyville AC Evanston Twp OF Neg
Fenwick Friars Invitational 11/23/2019 2 NLD R5 Bolingbrook CN Homewood-Flossmoor DR Neg
Fenwick Friars Invitational 11/23/2019 1 OLD R4 Carl Sandburg EM Schaumburg AP Aff
Fenwick Friars Invitational 11/23/2019 1 OLD R3 Palatine ND New Trier EL Aff
Fenwick Friars Invitational 11/23/2019 2 NLD R1 Homewood-Flossmoor HJ Schaumburg YT Neg
2019 Fall Festival and CCFL Qualifier at Sandburg 11/16/2019 1 C LD R5 Barrington RT Carl Sandburg EM Aff
2019 Fall Festival and CCFL Qualifier at Sandburg 11/16/2019 1 C LD R4 Fenwick VN Buffalo Grove FB Aff
2019 Fall Festival and CCFL Qualifier at Sandburg 11/16/2019 1 C LD R3 Barrington AA Homewood-Flossmoor AP Aff
2019 Fall Festival and CCFL Qualifier at Sandburg 11/16/2019 3 N LD R2 Homewood-Flossmoor PJ College Preparatory School of America (CPSA) AK Aff
2019 Fall Festival and CCFL Qualifier at Sandburg 11/16/2019 1 C LD R1 Homewood-Flossmoor JP Barrington AR Neg
William Fremd Viking Invitational 11/2/2019 NLD R4 Schaumburg DB Belleville Township HS West SH Aff
William Fremd Viking Invitational 11/2/2019 NLD R3 IL Math And Science GW Carl Sandburg AM Aff
William Fremd Viking Invitational 11/2/2019 NLD R2 New Trier ER Chesterton GB Neg
William Fremd Viking Invitational 11/2/2019 VLD R1 Schaumburg AP Belvidere North TF Aff
14th Schaumburg Saxon Invitational 10/12/2019 NLD R5 Carl Sandburg KA Barrington AM Aff
14th Schaumburg Saxon Invitational 10/12/2019 OpenLD R4 Homewood-Flossmoor AP Barrington AA Aff
14th Schaumburg Saxon Invitational 10/12/2019 OpenLD R3 Schaumburg MS Evanston Twp IF Aff
14th Schaumburg Saxon Invitational 10/12/2019 NLD R1 Carl Sandburg NK Fenwick KV Aff
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD Qtrs AK 4008 AZ 4036 Neg Neg on a 3-0
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD R5 AE 4003 BL 4028 Aff
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD R5 AZ 4035 CF 4041 Aff
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD R4 AE 4001 AF 4016 Neg
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD R4 BP 4034 AF 4015 Neg
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD R3 BL 4013 CN 4053 Aff Aff on a 2-0
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD R3 AE 4002 AP 4011 Aff
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD R2 AZ 4036 CF 4043 Aff Aff on a 2-0
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD R2 BS 4030 AP 4012 Aff Aff on a 2-0
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD R1 AF 4017 BS 4029 Aff Aff on a 2-0
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD R1 BD 4026 BL 4038 Aff Aff on a 2-0
Illinois Debate Community NJV State Championship 3/8/2019 JVLD SEMIS BB 4020 BE 4022 Aff Aff on a 2-1
Illinois Debate Community NJV State Championship 3/8/2019 JVLD QTRS AZ 4014 BH 4025 Aff Aff on a 3-0
Illinois Debate Community NJV State Championship 3/8/2019 JVLD R5 AK 4007 AC 4000 Aff
Illinois Debate Community NJV State Championship 3/8/2019 JVLD R4 BH 4024 AN 4016 Aff
Illinois Debate Community NJV State Championship 3/8/2019 JVLD R3 BP 4032 AZ 4004 Aff
Convocation of Eagles 1/26/2019 4 VLD R5 Fenwick VN Palatine ND Neg
Convocation of Eagles 1/26/2019 4 VLD R4 William Fremd RC Barrington RT Neg
Convocation of Eagles 1/26/2019 4 VLD R3 Palatine LS Fenwick JM Aff
Convocation of Eagles 1/26/2019 4 VLD R2 New Trier JS Belleville East CC Aff
Convocation of Eagles 1/26/2019 4 VLD R1 Palatine KT Belleville Township HS West MJ Aff
Fenwick Friars Invitational 12/15/2018 2 NLD R4 New Trier JC New Trier BS Aff
Fenwick Friars Invitational 12/15/2018 1 OLD R3 Schaumburg AP New Trier WT Aff
Fenwick Friars Invitational 12/15/2018 1 OLD R2 Schaumburg SP New Trier NJ Aff
Fenwick Friars Invitational 12/15/2018 1 OLD R1 New Trier SD Schaumburg RP Neg
Chesterton High School Debate Invitational 12/8/2018 PFD-V R6 Hamza Ali & Ranger Kuang Peyton Day & Luke Vetroczky Aff
Chesterton High School Debate Invitational 12/8/2018 PFD-N R4 Akansha Chauhan & Alison Lee Conner Mathias & Trinity Irving Aff
Chesterton High School Debate Invitational 12/8/2018 LD-N R3 Victorya Engle Nicholas Wells Neg
Chesterton High School Debate Invitational 12/8/2018 PFD-N R2 Mallika Keralavarma & Emily Sun Alexander Szmutko V & Halcyon Barton-Damsch Aff
Chesterton High School Debate Invitational 12/8/2018 LD-JV R1 Kylie Brickley Savannah Molina Aff
Charger Challenge 11/17/2018 1 V LD R5 NewTri JS Homewo EM Neg
Charger Challenge 11/17/2018 2 JVLD R3 WilFre VC Homewo BH Neg
Charger Challenge 11/17/2018 1 V LD R2 Fenwic VN BelNor NG Neg
Charger Challenge 11/17/2018 1 V LD R1 WilFre MJ CarSan GN Aff
Fall Festival and CCFL Qualifier 11/10/2018 3 N LD R5 College Preparatory School of America (CPSA) RK Homewood-Flossmoor CA Aff
Fall Festival and CCFL Qualifier 11/10/2018 1 C LD R4 Homewood-Flossmoor EM Evanston Twp SB Aff
Fall Festival and CCFL Qualifier 11/10/2018 3 N LD R3 Evanston Twp AM Barrington SS Neg
Fall Festival and CCFL Qualifier 11/10/2018 1 C LD R2 Barrington RT Homewood-Flossmoor TS Neg
Fall Festival and CCFL Qualifier 11/10/2018 1 C LD R1 Homewood-Flossmoor GW Evanston Twp GS Aff
William Fremd PFLD Invitational 11/3/2018 VLD R5 Palatine ND IL Math And Science KG Aff
William Fremd PFLD Invitational 11/3/2018 VLD R4 William Fremd EP IL Math And Science ST Aff
William Fremd PFLD Invitational 11/3/2018 VLD R2 Palatine KT William Fremd MJ Neg
William Fremd PFLD Invitational 11/3/2018 VLD R1 IL Math And Science JEb William Fremd RC Neg
13th Schaumburg Saxon Invitational 10/20/2018 NLD R5 Evanston Twp SB College Preparatory School of America (CPSA) RK Aff
13th Schaumburg Saxon Invitational 10/20/2018 NLD R4 William Fremd KJ Fenwick CK Aff
13th Schaumburg Saxon Invitational 10/20/2018 NLD R3 William Fremd EY Evanston Twp AB Neg
13th Schaumburg Saxon Invitational 10/20/2018 NLD R2 Barrington RS Belvidere North RG Aff
13th Schaumburg Saxon Invitational 10/20/2018 NLD R1 Homewood-Flossmoor CA College Preparatory School of America (CPSA) MK Aff
HF Nordic Debates 9/29/2018 1 VLD R3 IL Math And Science AS Belvidere North NG Neg
HF Nordic Debates 9/29/2018 3 NLD R2 Belvidere North RG Homewood-Flossmoor NM Neg
HF Nordic Debates 9/29/2018 3 NLD R1 Homewood-Flossmoor MT College Preparatory School of America (CPSA) SA Neg
Illinois Debate Community IDC NoviceJV State Championships 3/2/2018 NLD FINALS AE 3035 AG 3020 Neg Neg on a 4-1
Illinois Debate Community IDC NoviceJV State Championships 3/2/2018 NLD SEMIS AE 3035 AF 3015 Aff Aff on a 3-0
Illinois Debate Community IDC NoviceJV State Championships 3/2/2018 NLD R5 AL 3009 BG 3019 Aff Aff on a 2-0
Illinois Debate Community IDC NoviceJV State Championships 3/2/2018 NLD R4 AE 3001 AW 3030 Aff Aff on a 2-0
Illinois Debate Community IDC NoviceJV State Championships 3/2/2018 NLD R3 AX 3026 AF 3002 Aff Aff on a 2-0
Illinois Debate Community IDC NoviceJV State Championships 3/2/2018 NLD R2 AG 3021 AK 3007 Aff Aff on a 2-0
Illinois Debate Community IDC NoviceJV State Championships 3/2/2018 NLD R1 AE 3036 AP 3023 Neg Neg on a 2-0