Jonathan McNamee Paradigm

Last changed 9 March 2021 1:25 PM EDT

For TFA State:

Interp: I am a pretty open minded judge when it comes to judging interp overall but there are a few things I look for in performances. Creativity and honesty will always be the most rewarded in my book because it is why we do what we do at the end of the day. Showcasing your own interpretation, but staying true to the core of the story is important to me. Character development and emotional shifts are super important especially over a digital platform to keeping us engaged with the story and showing us the meaning behind the words. Have fun with the choices you make as long as they are PURPOSEFUL, doing something that distracts rather than enhances makes us lose connection between what is happening in the story.

Speaking/Extemp: Big thing is show your own unique style and approach to speaking because this is what separates you from other. I am a big fan of humor, but PLEASE, I BEG do not make it feel forced or this is just awkward for both of us. In terms of depth of the speech, I like more than just surface level arguments and I want to see you get to the higher end issues and core problems effectively. Structure is important obviously to make sure we can connect all of the ideas and know how you are getting to what you are wanting to. Finally, have variation in your delivery, it is important to showcase the different levels and power of your arguments and statements and so we should feel very engaged with how you are saying and what you are saying.

Worlds School Debate:

School affiliation/s : Northwest High School

Hired (yes/no) : Hired for WSD

High School Affiliation if graduated within last five years (required): Northwest High School

Currently enrolled in college? (required) If yes, affiliation? No

Years Judging/Coaching (required) I have been judging for 5- 6 years.

Years of Experience Judging any Speech/Debate Event (required)

I pretty much started off my first year judging in interp and PF and then slowly incorporated all other forms of debate the following year.



Rounds Judged in World School Debate this year (required): Since August I have judged about 40 world school rounds around Texas.

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__x___I judge WS regularly on the local level

_____I judge WS at national level tournaments

_____I occasionally judge WS Debate

_____I have not judged WS Debate this year but have before

_____I have never judged WS Debate

Rounds judged in other events this year : 75 rounds including PF, LD, Interp, Speaking, and Congress.

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__x__ Congress

_x___ PF

__x__ LD

____ Policy

_x___ Extemp/OO/Info

__x__ DI/HI/Duo/POI

____ I have not judged this year

____ I have not judged before

Have you chaired a WS round before?

I have chaired multiple WS rounds before locally.

What does chairing a round involve?

Chairing a round basically is keeping the round in order and ensuring a productive and efficient debate. The chair is in charge of calling up the speakers, leading the RFD for the panel, making sure people do not ask questions during protected time (which I discuss students should keep their own timer at the beginning so we do not have this issue), and making sure a fair debate is occurring.

How would you describe WS Debate to someone else?

I would describe WSD as a form of debate in which you are arguing ideas and issues to show which side of the motion is the most logical. This is way different than Americanized debate where theory and jargon is utilized more, so it is focusing on the core issues of the debate. Worlds is suppose to make sense to anyone who is listening to the debate and therefore the arguments should make rationale sense to anybody.

What process, if any, do you utilize to take notes in debate?

I am fortunate enough to have a full setup for my computer. I have two monitors and on the main monitor I watch the debate, and the second monitor has my tabroom ballot where I am writing notes over each speech and speaker. I also in front of me use a notebook to flow the debate to make sure I keep up with what is being said in the round.

When evaluating the round, assuming both principle and practical arguments are advanced through the 3rd and Reply speeches, do you prefer one over the other? Explain.

This just simply depends on the topic itself. I am pretty open minded when it comes to arguments and do not have a personal preference as long as it is discussed why you chose what to advocate for. This clarity is needed to really emphasize why that approached is needed and it's on the debaters to tell me why it is preferable.

The WS Debate format requires the judge to consider both Content and Style as 40% each of the speaker’s overall score, while Strategy is 20%. How do you evaluate a speaker’s strategy?

I think strategy usually is overlooked in terms of how you want structure arguments. A speaker's strategy is how do you connect the claims you present and how you word things in order to be effective in elaborating on arguments presented by the other side. Picking the right way to argue things and how you say it are definitely things to be aware of for your strategy.

WS Debate is supposed to be delivered at a conversational pace. What category would you deduct points in if the speaker was going too fast?

First, I am glad to have not judged a WSD where someone was spreading, so let's keep it that way hopefully. If someone is just not effective with their speed and tone I usually deduct points from their style.

WS Debate does not require evidence/cards to be read in the round. How do you evaluate competing claims if there is no evidence to read?

As silly as it may sound, I usually vote on simply what makes sense. Since we do not have to have the 20 minutes of calling for cards (thankfully), I simply view whos reasoning and rationale makes the most sense towards the topic and arguments presented in the round. Show me your thought process through your speech and it usually comes down to who can prove their claims in a clear manner, rather than the throw everything at the wall and see what sticks strategy.

How do you evaluate models vs. countermodels?

I look at how effective and clear some model is to make sure it sets the foundation for your ideas. Make sure you think through your model to answer any potential questions individuals may have about it. I do not think all motions need a model or countermodel, so just make sure if you use one there is a purpose to it.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 XDB R8 9731 9835 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 XDB R5 9750 9498 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 XDB R5 9242 9889 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 XDB R5 9956 9571 Neg
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2021-04-10 WSD Final Potomac ERE Greenhill KGSS Opp Opp 3-0
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2021-04-10 WSD Qrtrs Greenhill HSACM Sage Hill GJMZ Prop Prop 3-0
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2021-04-10 WSD R4 Potomac ERE Sage Hill ROL Prop
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2021-04-10 WSD R3 Polytechnic FSZC Greenhill KGSS Opp
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2021-04-10 WSD R2 Greenhill SHLSY Gulliver Prep IPPIA Prop
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2021-04-10 WSD R1 Dougherty Valley CMYSX Polytechnic DGGD Prop
TFA State HS 2021-03-10 WSD Q Northland Christian Red Southlake Saffron Opp Opp 3-0
TFA State HS 2021-03-10 WSD Octos- Northland Christian Red Seven Lakes Orange Prop Prop 2-1
TFA State HS 2021-03-10 WSD R6 Southlake Sepia Woodlands Red Prop
TFA State HS 2021-03-10 WSD 5I Mayde Creek Rams Dripping Springs Gold Prop
TFA State HS 2021-03-10 WSD 4I Hockaday Unicorns Grand Oaks Silver Prop
TFA State HS 2021-03-10 WSD 3I Seven Lakes Blue Northland Christian Gold Prop
TFA State HS 2021-03-10 WSD R2 Northland Christian Red Greenhill Gold Prop
TFA State HS 2021-03-10 WSD R1 Wildcat Green Blue Eagles Opp
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2021-02-05 WS Semis Southlake Carroll BBBC Greenhill SAMCM Prop Prop 3-0
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2021-02-05 WS Quarte Hockaday LSFD Southlake Carroll FAT Opp Opp 3-0
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2021-02-05 WS R5 Hockaday LSFD Southlake Carroll SKPKS Opp
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2021-02-05 WS R4 Southlake Carroll FOKS Greenhill SAMCM Opp
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2021-02-05 WS R3 Grapevine SLAB Hockaday XALMA Opp
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2021-02-05 WS R2 Hockaday DCCC Southlake Carroll RSMJ Opp
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2021-02-05 WS R1 Southlake Carroll DPSS Hockaday RAPLM Opp
Aubrey UIL Academic Invitational HS 2021-01-23 LD R2 Salado Hunter Foster Barbers Hill Carleigh Whitaker Aff
Aubrey UIL Academic Invitational HS 2021-01-23 LD R2 Grand Saline Kraig Coulter Independence Laiba Mehmood Neg
Aubrey UIL Academic Invitational HS 2021-01-23 LD R1 Salado James Tipton North Forney Miya Valdivia Aff
Aubrey UIL Academic Invitational HS 2021-01-23 LD R1 North Forney Byron Golden Rice Consolidated Caleb Miksch Neg
2021 Plano East TFA NIETOC HS 2021-01-15 WS Semi Hockaday Clear Springs PKSH Neg Neg 3-0
2021 Plano East TFA NIETOC HS 2021-01-15 WS R4 Hockaday Strake Jesuit AKCP Aff
2021 Plano East TFA NIETOC HS 2021-01-15 WS R2 St John's BDCH Hockaday Neg
2021 Plano East TFA NIETOC HS 2021-01-15 WS R1 Grapevine Red Hockaday Aff
The 46th Winston Churchill Classic TOC and NIETOC Qualifier HS 2021-01-06 WSD R5 GraOak Bascom & Diaz & Dailey & Goulis & Latham DriSpr Banks & Menjivar & Hearne & Patel & Davis Neg
The 46th Winston Churchill Classic TOC and NIETOC Qualifier HS 2021-01-06 WSD 4-Impr StJoh Clark-Desai & Hasan & Davis & Boom Westla Chirogianis & Dyck & Moore Neg
The 46th Winston Churchill Classic TOC and NIETOC Qualifier HS 2021-01-06 WSD 1-Impr GraOak Fournier & Irvine & DeSpain & Piggott & Bishop Kinkai monday & Gonzalez & Gonzalez & Stephens Aff
Berkner TFA HS 2020-12-08 WSD Final Allen HS/Lowery Freshman Center JVNNK Clear Brook VLSAP Neg Neg 3-0
Berkner TFA HS 2020-12-08 WSD Semis Clear Brook VLSAP Southlake Carroll MBB Aff Aff 3-0
Berkner TFA HS 2020-12-08 WSD R1 Kinkaid GSMDL Trinity ASAAY Aff
The Ed Long Invitational at The Hockaday School HS 2020-11-06 WSD Qrtrs Southlake Carroll SMBBB Potomac EREM Prop Opp 2-1
The Ed Long Invitational at The Hockaday School HS 2020-11-06 WSD R5 Gulliver Prep IAP Potomac EREM Opp
The Ed Long Invitational at The Hockaday School HS 2020-11-06 WSD R3 Potomac DWBN Northland Christian SSL Opp
The Ed Long Invitational at The Hockaday School HS 2020-11-06 WSD R2 Greenhill SHSSM Polytechnic DFMSC Prop
Plano West TFATOC Qualifier HS 2020-10-23 WSD Semis Southlake Carroll BBBA Greenhill HSKSA Opp Opp 3-2
Plano West TFATOC Qualifier HS 2020-10-23 WSD Qrtrs Clear Springs PLT Southlake Carroll BBBA Opp Opp 2-1
Plano West TFATOC Qualifier HS 2020-10-23 WSD R1 Greenhill SGGSL Coppell NKK Prop
Naaman Forest HS 2020-10-16 VPF R2 Strake Jesuit VK Colleyville Heritage LS Neg
Naaman Forest HS 2020-10-16 VPF R2 Centennial RC Southlake Carroll GK Aff
Naaman Forest HS 2020-10-16 VPF R1 Strake Jesuit LZ CMS Southlake Junior SB Aff
Naaman Forest HS 2020-10-16 VPF R1 CMS Southlake Junior BK Colleyville Heritage RJ Neg
NEWMAN SMITH SPONTANEITY 41 HS 2020-09-25 WSD Semi Greenhill Mukund & Kettles & Stachowiak & Stitt & Greenstone Hockaday Liu & Mukherjee & Ahsan Opp Opp 2-1
NEWMAN SMITH SPONTANEITY 41 HS 2020-09-25 WSD R4 Hockaday Liu & Mukherjee & Ahsan Greenhill Alibhai & Hu & Sanghvi & Mohamed Prop
NEWMAN SMITH SPONTANEITY 41 HS 2020-09-25 WSD R3 Hockaday Lockhart & Stock & Fedorko & Sprouse Greenhill Alibhai & Hu & Sanghvi & Mohamed Opp
NEWMAN SMITH SPONTANEITY 41 HS 2020-09-25 WSD R2 Greenhill Higgins & Stachowiak & Li & Coleman Hockaday Pathak & Bhasin & Long & Duque-Diaz & Zhu Prop
NEWMAN SMITH SPONTANEITY 41 HS 2020-09-25 WSD R1 Hockaday Huang & Allada & Agarwalla Coppell Chitkara & Chaudhuri & Marold & Sirigireddy & Atluri Opp
Lindale Fall TFA HS 2020-09-16 VPF Octafi Lovejoy Kendall Carll & Thomas Pottinger Centennial Abhiram Tadepalli & Aryan Aneesh Pro Pro 2-1
Lindale Fall TFA HS 2020-09-16 VPF R4 Westwood Sharanya Gupta & Hanyu Wei Lovejoy Sanjeev Rajakumar & Matthew Holliman Pro
Lindale Fall TFA HS 2020-09-16 VPF R3 Bellaire Anna Maag & Aditya Markan Centennial Kartike Chowla & Arjun Ramprasad Pro
Lindale Fall TFA HS 2020-09-16 VPF R2 Centennial Nathan Zhou & Aayan Rahat Westwood Siona Shah & Caroline Coplen Pro
Lindale Fall TFA HS 2020-09-16 VPF R1 Bellaire Lucy Ma & Christopher Ho Plano West Shivam Siddaiya & Farhan Buvvaji Con
Southlake Carroll Dragon Faire HS 2020-09-04 WSD R3 Coppell KNT Hockaday Opp
Southlake Carroll Dragon Faire HS 2020-09-04 WSD R1 Hockaday Greenhill HHLM Prop
Plano Senior Clark Swing HS 2020-08-28 WS Final Southlake Carroll Bethi & Chennaiahgari & Hussain & Mohsin Hockaday Xia & Pathak & Soysal Prop Prop 3-0
Plano Senior Clark Swing HS 2020-08-28 WS Semis Hockaday Xia & Pathak & Soysal Southlake Carroll Fall & Adeyemo & Beres & Bhatia Prop Prop 2-1
Plano Senior Clark Swing HS 2020-08-28 WS R4 Southlake Carroll Fall & Adeyemo & Beres & Bhatia Grapevine Srinivasan & Mohan & Mohan & Brigham Prop
Plano Senior Clark Swing HS 2020-08-28 WS R2 Greenhill Shan & Gupta & Yang & Hu & Mukund Hockaday Agarwalla & Allada & Mukherjee Opp
Plano Senior Clark Swing HS 2020-08-28 WS R1 Hockaday Zhu & Long & Sumer & Clavenna Greenhill Stachowiak & Greenstone & Sanghvi & Li & Bidiwala Opp
Prosper Middle High School Spring Invitational HS 2020-02-07 ULD Quarte Swain Feltman Neg Aff 2-1
Prosper Middle High School Spring Invitational HS 2020-02-07 ULD R1 Padalkar Jain Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2020-01-31 HWS Finals Southlake Saffron Greenhill Gold Prop Prop 3-0
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2020-01-31 HWS Semis Southlake Fire Greenhill Gold Opp Opp 2-1
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2020-01-31 HWS R5 Hockaday WGMZ Greenhill Silver Opp
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2020-01-31 HWS R4 Grapevine Silver Trinity Black Opp
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2020-01-31 HWS R3 Hockaday White Coppell Crimson Opp
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2020-01-31 HWS R2 Hockaday Green Coppell KMN Prop
The Ed Long Invitational at The Hockaday School HS 2019-11-08 WSD Final Southlake Saffron Greenhill Peacocks Prop Prop 3-0
The Ed Long Invitational at The Hockaday School HS 2019-11-08 WSD Semi Grapevine Red Greenhill Peacocks Opp Opp 2-1
The Ed Long Invitational at The Hockaday School HS 2019-11-08 WSD R5 Columbus - Red Southlake Saffron Opp
The Ed Long Invitational at The Hockaday School HS 2019-11-08 WSD R4 Columbus - Blue Southlake Fire Opp
The Ed Long Invitational at The Hockaday School HS 2019-11-08 WSD R3 Greenhill Peacocks Grapevine Red Prop
The Ed Long Invitational at The Hockaday School HS 2019-11-08 WSD R2 Trinity Gold Grapevine Blue Prop
The Ed Long Invitational at The Hockaday School MS 2019-11-08 WSD R1 Carroll Senior BBSV Irma Rangel Prop
Hebron HS 2019-11-01 WSD R4 Grapevine Blue Black Neg
Hebron HS 2019-11-01 WSD R2 Red Greenhill S4 Neg
Hebron HS 2019-11-01 WSD R1 Greenhill Hornets Black Aff
Newman Smith Spontaneity HS 2019-09-27 WSD R4 Southlake Green Green Aff
Newman Smith Spontaneity HS 2019-09-27 WSD R3 Lions Den Greenhill Peacocks Neg
Newman Smith Spontaneity HS 2019-09-27 WSD R2 Greenhill Hornets White Aff
Trinity High School HS 2019-09-20 WSD R1 Southlake Saffron Grapevine Gold Prop
Grapevine Classic HS 2019-09-06 WSD R3 Greenhill Peacocks Hockaday WZI Prop
Grapevine Classic HS 2019-09-06 WSD R2 Green XSAL Wolfpack Opp
Prosper Spring UIL Invitational HS 2019-02-22 ULD R3 Dadwal Bawa Neg
Prosper Spring UIL Invitational HS 2019-02-22 ULD R3 Poduval Nanda Aff
Prosper Spring UIL Invitational HS 2019-02-22 PF R2 Musser & Kasarla Valecka & Kauffman Con
Prosper Spring UIL Invitational HS 2019-02-22 ULD R2 Boris Hess Aff
Prosper Spring UIL Invitational HS 2019-02-22 PF R2 Carline & Cronin Skoog & Jenson Pro
Prosper Spring UIL Invitational HS 2019-02-22 ULD R1 Gudur Gonzalez Aff
Prosper Spring UIL Invitational HS 2019-02-22 ULD R1 Singh Tyms Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2019-02-01 HWS Semi Greenhill SAWSS Southlake Carroll Sage Prop Prop 3-0
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2019-02-01 HWS R4 Hockaday Green Southlake Carroll Sage Opp
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2019-02-01 HWS R3 Hockaday White Coppell 9th Crimson Opp
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2019-02-01 HWS R1 Trinity Gold Southlake Carroll Scarlet Opp
Coppell Cowboy Classic HS 2019-01-18 WSD R3 Southlake Carroll Silver Grapevine Blue Aff
Coppell Cowboy Classic HS 2019-01-18 WSD R2 Southlake Carroll Sapphire Hockaday Green Neg
Coppell Cowboy Classic HS 2019-01-18 WSD R1 Southlake Carroll Scarlet Hockaday White Neg
Guyer Tournament HS 2019-01-11 WSD Semi Southlake Carroll Sapphire Greenhill Green Opp Opp 3-0
Guyer Tournament HS 2019-01-11 WSD R4 Southlake Carroll Sapphire Grapevine Blue Prop
Guyer Tournament HS 2019-01-11 WSD R3 Hockaday Green Grapevine Red Prop
Guyer Tournament HS 2019-01-11 WSD R2 Colleyville Heritage Black Southlake Carroll Scarlet Prop
Guyer Tournament HS 2019-01-11 WSD R1 Southlake Carroll Silver Greenhill Green Opp
Hebron HS HS 2018-11-02 VPF R2 Plano West Sr HJ Richardson UH Pro
Hebron HS HS 2018-11-02 VPF R2 Richardson GC Colleyville Heritage SL Con
Plano West Wolf Classic HS 2018-10-19 PF R2 IH Kempner SB Hockaday AR Pro
Plano West Wolf Classic HS 2018-10-19 PF R1 Westlake WY Coppell DD Con
Plano West Wolf Classic HS 2018-10-19 PF R1 Coppell BC Centennial HS - Frisco SB Pro
Newman Smith Spontaneity HS 2018-09-28 VPF Finals Colleyville Heritage WL Grapevine MG Pro Pro 3-0
Newman Smith Spontaneity HS 2018-09-28 VPF Qrtrs Southlake Carroll RV Colleyville Heritage NW Con Con 3-0
Newman Smith Spontaneity HS 2018-09-28 VPF Octo Colleyville Heritage SR Southlake Carroll BeBo Pro
Newman Smith Spontaneity HS 2018-09-28 VPF R4 Coppell CJ THEO Christian LC Pro
Newman Smith Spontaneity HS 2018-09-28 VPF R4 Hebron IJ Coppell BC Con
Newman Smith Spontaneity HS 2018-09-28 WSD R3 THEO Christian Red Greenhill Gold Neg
Newman Smith Spontaneity HS 2018-09-28 WSD R2 Grapevine Red Greenhill Green Neg
Richardson Eagle Extravaganza HS 2018-01-20 PF Semis Plano West Senior GM Greenhill KJ Con Pro 2-1
Richardson Eagle Extravaganza HS 2018-01-20 PF R3 HHS AS Lovejoy MS Con
Richardson Eagle Extravaganza HS 2018-01-20 PF R1 Plano West Senior GM Centennial MK Pro
Richardson Eagle Extravaganza HS 2018-01-20 PF R1 Coppell MJ Colleyville Heritage FS Pro
Coppell Cowboy Classic HS 2018-01-05 VPF Semis Colleyville Heritage AW Greenhill JK Con Con 2-1
Coppell Cowboy Classic HS 2018-01-05 VPF Qrtrs Jasper LY Colleyville Heritage AW Con Con 3-0
Coppell Cowboy Classic HS 2018-01-05 VPF Octos Carroll HS - Southlake KS Jasper LM Pro
Coppell Cowboy Classic HS 2018-01-05 VPF R4 Colleyville Heritage LW Plano West Senior DS Pro
Coppell Cowboy Classic HS 2018-01-05 VPF R4 Plano West Senior LR Colleyville Heritage FS Pro
Coppell Cowboy Classic HS 2018-01-05 VPF R3 Jasper TV Greenhill JK Con
Coppell Cowboy Classic HS 2018-01-05 VPF RD 1 Jasper LM Carroll HS - Southlake RV Pro
Coppell Cowboy Classic HS 2018-01-05 VPF RD 1 Colleyville Heritage NW Plano West Senior DV Con
Berkner Tournament HS 2017-12-08 VLD Qrtrs Law Magnet MG Grapevine HS Aff Aff 3-0
Berkner Tournament HS 2017-12-08 VLD R4 Lake Highlands GG Melissa DR Neg
Berkner Tournament HS 2017-12-08 VLD R4 Arlington BK Plano East AK Aff
The Hockaday Invitational HS 2017-11-10 VLD R2 Grapevine RM Plano West Senior DV Aff
The Hockaday Invitational HS 2017-11-10 VLD R2 Trinity WT Grapevine MT Neg
The Hockaday Invitational HS 2017-11-10 VLD R1 John Paul II AA Carroll HS - Southlake SM Aff
The Hockaday Invitational HS 2017-11-10 VLD R1 John Paul II BP Prosper KS Aff
Hebron HS HS 2017-11-03 VLD R3 PlaWes DV ColHer AL Neg
Hebron HS HS 2017-11-03 VLD R2 Richar FY ColHer EC Aff
Hebron HS HS 2017-11-03 VLD R2 Jasper NC Richar RZ Neg
Guyer MLK Invitational HS 2017-01-13 VLD R2 THEO Christian Solutions JM Hebron XB Neg
Guyer MLK Invitational HS 2017-01-13 VLD R2 Hebron SH Grapevine RS Neg
Guyer MLK Invitational HS 2017-01-13 VLD R1 Grapevine DV Plano West Senior DV Neg
Guyer MLK Invitational HS 2017-01-13 VLD R1 Grapevine JT THEO Christian Solutions JM Aff