Kelly Thompson

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Paradigm Statement
Last changed 4 December 2021 3:16 AM UTC

I debated for 3 years @ Washburn Rural
I debated for 4 years @ Emporia State (NDT '08)
I am the Director of Debate at Lawrence Free State HS (4th year at FS, 12th year as a head coach, 20th year in Policy Debate)

*Please add me to the email chain if one exists: kmikethompson@gmail.com

tl;dr

I will do my best to answer any questions that you have before the debate.

-I don't care how fast you talk, but I do care how clear you talk. I'm unlikely to clear you but it will be obvious if I can't understand you because I won't be flowing and I communicate non-verbally probably more than most other judges. This is particularly relevant in online debate.

-I don't care what arguments you read, but I do care whether you are making arguments, responding to opposition arguments, and engaging in impact calculus (your arg v their arg, not just your arg) throughout the debate.

-I don't care what aff you read, if you defend a plan, or if you debate on the margins of the topic, but I do care if you have offensive justifications for your decisions, and if you solve.

-If you're reading generic link arguments or CP solvency cards - it will matter a great deal how well you can contextual that generic evidence to the specific affirmative plan.

-I think teams should be willing to go for theory more.

Some top level thoughts:

1) "New in the 2" is bad for debate. Barring an affirmative theoretical objection - I'll evaluate you arguments and not intervene despite my bias. But, if the other team makes an argument about it - I will disregard all new positions read in the negative block.

2) Neg ground on this topic is not very good. I'm sympathetic to the negative on theoretical objections of counterplans as a result.

3) If you're flowing the speech doc and not the speech itself you deserve to be conned in to answering arguments that were never made in the debate, and to lose to analytic arguments (theory and otherwise) that were made while you were busy staring at your screen.

4) People should assume their opponent's are winning some arguments in the last rebuttals. A decision to assume you're winning everything nearly guarantees that you are incorrect and minimizes the likelihood that you're doing relevant impact calculus. I really think "even-if" statements are valuable for final rebutalists.

-My speaker point scale has tended to be:

29+ - you should be in elimination debates at this tournament, and probably win one or more of those rounds

28.5 - you are competing for a spot to clear but still making errors that may prevent you from doing so. Average for the division/tournament.

28 - you are slightly below average for the division/tournament and need to spend some time on the fundamentals. Hopefully, I've outlined in my notes what those are.

27.5 - there were serious fundamental errors that need to be corrected.


Topicality- I really enjoy T debates, I think competing interpretations is probably true and find reasonability arguments to be uncompelling almost always. If you're not topical you should have an offensive reason that you're not. If you are topical then you should win why your vision of the resolution is superior to the negatives.

Critiques- K debaters tend to spend an extraordinary amount of time on their link arguments, but no time on explaining how the alternative resolves them. Affirmatives tend to concede K tricks too often.

Counterplans - I like smart, aff specific counter plans more than generic, topic type counter plans. I understand the need for questions CPs on this topic.

Critical affs - I'm fine with K affs and deployed them often as a debater. I find it difficult to evaluate k affs with poorly developed "role of the ballot" args. I find "topical version of the aff" to be compelling regularly, because affs concede this argument. I have been more on the "defend topical action" side of the framework debate in the last two years or so. I'm not sure why, but poorly executed affirmative offense seems to be the primary cause.

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Tournament of Champions HS 2022-04-23 CX R6 Truman SW Sonoma JM Aff
Tournament of Champions HS 2022-04-23 CX R5 Neal Dwivedula Kickapoo MK Neg
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships HS 2022-04-08 POL R6 Montgomery Bell PC Little Rock Central LP Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships HS 2022-04-08 POL R4 New Trier JW Calvert Hall LS Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships HS 2022-04-08 POL R3 NSU AT Pace ST Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships HS 2022-04-08 POL R2 Woodward GH Montgomery Bell HM Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships HS 2022-04-08 POL R1 Minneapolis South CN Montgomery Bell HG Aff
Shawnee Mission NorthEast HS 2022-02-11 LD R3 SMS Jeremiah Rimpson BV Leah Snitz Aff
The Longhorn Classic HS 2021-12-03 CCX Semifi Liberal Arts and Science Church & Huang Little Rock Central Rhee & Gaddi Neg Neg 3-0
The Longhorn Classic HS 2021-12-03 CCX Quarte Little Rock Central Rhee & Gaddi Washburn Rural Park & Willingham Aff Aff 3-0
The Longhorn Classic HS 2021-12-03 CCX Octos Greenhill--ONLINE Madhavanur & Mettu Washburn Rural Park & Willingham Neg Neg 3-0
The Longhorn Classic HS 2021-12-03 CCX R6 Montgomery Bell Young & Maxwell Jesuit--ONLINE Jin & Chacko Aff
The Longhorn Classic HS 2021-12-03 CCX R4 Montgomery Bell Geevarghese & Maxwell Washburn Rural Park & Willingham Neg
The Longhorn Classic HS 2021-12-03 CCX R3 Kinkaid Fowler & Zhang Melissa Blackwell & Haylow Aff
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 VCX Semis Washburn Rural KP Kickapoo MK Aff Aff 3-0
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 VCX Quar Truman SW Blue Valley North TU Neg Neg 3-0
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 VCX R5 North Broward Prep GN Iowa City West SC Aff
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 NCX R3 Blue Valley West JB USN CR Neg
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 VCX R1 Kickapoo MK Iowa City West WS Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2021-10-16 VCX Finals New Trier JW Montgomery Bell PC Neg Neg 2-1
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2021-10-16 VCX Semifi Montgomery Bell PC Vikram Valame Aff Aff 3-0
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2021-10-16 VCX Octafi St Mark's School of Texas BC Coppell PC Aff Aff 2-1
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2021-10-16 VCX R2 Montgomery Bell PC Notre Dame AD Aff
Trevian Invitational HS 2021-10-09 VCX Double Bronx Science DB Kent Denver AT Aff Aff 2-1
Trevian Invitational HS 2021-10-09 VCX R2 Berkeley Prep HW Montgomery Bell AB Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2021-09-16 CX Quarte New Trier JW Berkeley Prep SS Neg Neg 2-1
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2021-09-16 CX Octafi Lexington KT Minneapolis South CN Aff Aff 3-0
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2021-09-16 CX RR R5 Ram Gorthi Mamaroneck DR Aff Aff 2-0
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2021-09-16 CX RR R4 Little Rock Central GR Berkeley Prep KZ Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2021-09-16 CX R3 Westminster SY Glenbrook North DM Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2021-09-16 CX R2 Northview IS Mamaroneck RM Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2021-09-16 CX RR R1 Lowell ST Washburn Rural PW Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 CX R13 145 191 Aff Aff 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 CX R12 110 139 Neg Neg 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 CX R7 138 275 Aff Neg 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 CX R6 140 225 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 CX R5 103 189 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 CX R4 240 299 Aff Aff 2-0
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2021-04-10 POL Octos Bellarmine HM Little Rock Central LP Aff Aff 3-0
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2021-04-10 POL Dbls Little Rock Central GR Calvert Hall BL Aff Neg 2-1
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2021-04-10 POL R4 Glenbrook South WD Decatur ST Neg
Heart of Texas HS 2021-02-27 VCX Octafi Caddo Magnet KW North Broward Prep DR Neg Neg 3-0
Heart of Texas HS 2021-02-27 VCX R4 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart BC Aubrey OM Aff
Heart of Texas HS 2021-02-27 VCX R3 Glenbrook South KK Peninsula MS Aff
Heart of Texas HS 2021-02-27 VCX R2 Peninsula LL Coppell KC Neg
Heart of Texas HS 2021-02-27 VCX R1 Lexington BY Westminster JS Aff
Debate Coaches Invitational HS 2021-01-08 DCI R1 Donna Jalosjos Lawrence RR Neg
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum at MBA HS 2021-01-02 SBF R6 Westminster BW Unionville PW Aff
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum at MBA HS 2021-01-02 SBF R5 McDonogh MW Ram Gorthi Neg
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum at MBA HS 2021-01-02 SBF R4 Oak Hall CD North Broward Prep GG Neg
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum at MBA HS 2021-01-02 SBF R3 Little Rock Central LP Bellarmine HM Neg
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum at MBA HS 2021-01-02 SBF R2 Berkeley Prep ShSo Westminster SB Neg
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum at MBA HS 2021-01-02 SBF R1 Presentation DR Calvert Hall BL Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-21 VCX R6 Rocky Mountain CK West HS SLC ML Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-21 VCX R3 Okemos CN West HS SLC PS Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-21 VCX R1 Sonoma JM Edgemont Junior-Senior SK Aff
KCKCC Policy Debate TOC Qualifier HS 2020-11-06 TOC Semis Lansing Madelyn Atkins & Maddie Souser Blue Valley West Supta Das & Zakariya Ahmed Neg Neg 3-0
KCKCC Policy Debate TOC Qualifier HS 2020-11-06 Nov Semis Blue Valley Northwest Curtis Yang & Owen Kingston Blue Valley Southwest Maggie Howerton & Amy Lloyd Aff Aff 3-0
KCKCC Policy Debate TOC Qualifier HS 2020-11-06 Nov Quarte Shawnee Mission South Ella Stallbaumer & Alexander Merit Westwood Esha Venkat & Floria Xu Neg Neg 3-0
KCKCC Policy Debate TOC Qualifier HS 2020-11-06 TOC R3 Carmel Jade Mehta & Sage Mehta Shawnee Mission West Zachary Wallenburg & Ashley Wright Neg
KCKCC Policy Debate TOC Qualifier HS 2020-11-06 Nov R2 Sabarish Ravi Westwood Sahithi Martha & Dominic Schwarzenbach Aff
KCKCC Policy Debate TOC Qualifier HS 2020-11-06 TOC R1 Pembroke Hill Muad Khalif & Truman Connor Raymore-Peculiar Tara Thomas & Jadyn Galloway Aff
JW Patterson Invitational HS 2020-10-16 VCX Octas Meadows HY Blue Valley West DA Aff Aff 3-0
JW Patterson Invitational HS 2020-10-16 VCX R6 Lawrence SV Wichita East WL Neg
JW Patterson Invitational HS 2020-10-16 VCX R1 Peninsula SY Oak Hall GS Aff
Trevian Invitational HS 2020-10-10 OPEN R6 Berkeley Prep VD Walter Payton HL Neg
Trevian Invitational HS 2020-10-10 TOCPD R5 Walter Payton MW Niles North BR Aff
Trevian Invitational HS 2020-10-10 TOCPD R4 North Broward Prep GG Lexington SY Aff
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational HS 2020-09-18 Var OFs Blue Valley West AD Blue Valley Southwest SS AFF AFF 3-0
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational HS 2020-09-18 Var R5 Manhattan DJ Blue Valley Northwest RY NEG
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R12 X165 X146 Neg Neg 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R11 X147 X194 Neg Neg 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R6 X230 X133 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R5 X281 X286 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R4 X176 X144 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R3 X196 X154 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R2 X140 X177 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R1 X157 X102 Neg Neg 2-0
KSHSAA 2020 6A 2 Speaker Tournament HS 2020-01-17 6A Qtr 02A BS 13A WS Neg Neg 2-1
J Matt Hill Invitational HS 2019-11-22 KDCOP R5 Fort Scott GG Shawnee Heights FE Neg
J Matt Hill Invitational HS 2019-11-22 DCI R2 Olathe East BT Topeka Seaman HL Aff
J Matt Hill Invitational HS 2019-11-22 JV R1 Olathe East CB Salina South NM Neg
KCKCC DCI TOC Policy Qualifier HS 2019-11-01 Nov Quarte Blue Valley Northwest Ash Barrett & Andrew Cho Blue Valley Southwest Brett Cranor & Vinny Sandhu Aff Aff 3-0
KCKCC DCI TOC Policy Qualifier HS 2019-11-01 DCI Double Blue Valley Northwest Mayan Bhagavan & Zaki Mansoor Topeka Irene Caracioni & Maddie Jacques Aff Aff 3-0
KCKCC DCI TOC Policy Qualifier HS 2019-11-01 DCI R6 Wichita East Anjali Singh & Allen Dong Topeka Cade Blenden & Adrianne Caracioni Neg
KCKCC DCI TOC Policy Qualifier HS 2019-11-01 DCI R5 Derby Caleb Carter & Jack Sallman Wichita East Aryan Waghmode & Adam Foster Neg
KCKCC DCI TOC Policy Qualifier HS 2019-11-01 DCI R4 Blue Valley Northwest Mayan Bhagavan & Zaki Mansoor Lansing Brett Zimmerman & Marcus Woodcock Aff
KCKCC DCI TOC Policy Qualifier HS 2019-11-01 Nov R1 Washburn Rural Tyler Fullmer & Jack Macha Derby Makenzie Erxleben & Naomi Island Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 CX R7 X248 X235 Aff Aff 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 CX R6 X156 X123 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 CX R5 X234 X196 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 CX R2 X218 X161 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 CX R1 X124 X204 Neg Neg 2-0
Kansas Championship Series HS 2019-01-04 DCIRR R5 Eisenhower JH Blue Valley Southwest HP Neg
Kansas Championship Series HS 2019-01-04 DCIRR R1 Shawnee Mission East CR Blue Valley West ST Neg
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High School HS 2018-11-16 DCI R4 Washburn Rural CM Blue Valley AV Neg
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High School HS 2018-11-16 DCI R1 Salina South MV Shawnee Mission East BH Neg
The Iowa Caucus HS 2018-10-19 VCX Q Barstow FS Blue Valley West ST Aff Aff 3-0
The Iowa Caucus HS 2018-10-19 VCX R6 Barstow FS Univ Of Chicago Lab WS Aff
The Iowa Caucus HS 2018-10-19 VCX R5 Barstow TD Wayzata HR Neg
The Iowa Caucus HS 2018-10-19 VCX R4 Iowa City CH West Des Moines Valley CK Neg
The Iowa Caucus HS 2018-10-19 VCX R3 Highland Park Senior KG Rosemount SP Aff
The Iowa Caucus HS 2018-10-19 VCX R2 Blue Valley West MM Barstow BN Neg
The Iowa Caucus HS 2018-10-19 VCX R1 Wayzata KY West Des Moines Valley LB Aff
Trevian Invitational HS 2018-10-06 Open R2 Solorio MU North Broward Prep GG Neg
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High HS 2017-11-17 DCI R4 Blue Valley Southwest SK Shawnee Mission East CB Aff
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High HS 2017-11-17 JV R2 Sumner BF Lansing Sr HK Aff
Buhler HS Crusader Classic HS 2017-10-20 DCI QF 5 BJ 12 HP Neg Neg 3-0
Buhler HS Crusader Classic HS 2017-10-20 DCI R4 18 KP 29FS Aff
Buhler HS Crusader Classic HS 2017-10-20 DCI R1 12 HP 22 BR Aff
Washburn Rural Invitational HS 2017-09-15 VDB8 Var 4 Olathe East MS Theodore Roosevelt AD NEG
Washburn Rural Invitational HS 2017-09-15 VDB8 Var 2 Newton KH Silver Lake NS AFF
Washburn Rural Invitational HS 2017-09-15 VDB8 Var 1 Kapaun Mount Carmel MR Blue Valley West SV NEG
Tournament of Champions HS 2017-04-29 CX R4 Meadows BN College Prep RH Neg
Cross Examination Debate Assocation National Tournament C 2017-03-17 Open R8 Vanderbilt KK James Madison GM Neg
Cross Examination Debate Assocation National Tournament C 2017-03-17 Open R7 Johnson County Community CK Vanderbilt RJ Neg
Cross Examination Debate Assocation National Tournament C 2017-03-17 Open R6 Cornell KS NewSchool ST Aff
Cross Examination Debate Assocation National Tournament C 2017-03-17 Open R5 Illinois HH Nevada Las Vegas JF Neg
Cross Examination Debate Assocation National Tournament C 2017-03-17 Open R4 Cornell MV NYU LS Aff
Cross Examination Debate Assocation National Tournament C 2017-03-17 Open R3 Wake Forest NW NYU BK Aff
Cross Examination Debate Assocation National Tournament C 2017-03-17 Open R2 Rochester MP Kansas City Kansas CC WW Aff
Cross Examination Debate Assocation National Tournament C 2017-03-17 Open R1 Georgia State CL Central Oklahoma HS Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2017-02-03 VCX R4 CadMag RJ Lansin BW Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2017-02-03 VCX R1 KapMou LS HigPar LK Aff
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High School HS 2016-11-18 DCI R3 Maize TW Olathe Northwest CV Neg
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High School HS 2016-11-18 DCI R1 Wichita East OT SM Northwest EO Aff
KCKCC DCI TOC Qualifier HS 2016-11-04 DCI Octos Blue Valley Southwest Fry & Ziegelman Olathe Northwest Elsner & Larson Aff Aff 3-0
KCKCC DCI TOC Qualifier HS 2016-11-04 DCI R3 Lansing Butler & Atkins Millard West Koch & Gill Aff
KCKCC DCI TOC Qualifier HS 2016-11-04 DCI R2 Barstow Case & Park Blue Valley Southwest Lee & Shi Neg
KCKCC DCI TOC Qualifier HS 2016-11-04 DCI R1 Kapaun Mount Carmel Arriaga & Hessman Cabot Cummings & Hudson Neg
Kapaun Crusader Classic HS 2016-10-28 DCI R6 104 KH 121 MR Aff
Kapaun Crusader Classic HS 2016-10-28 DCI R4 135 KR 115 SW Aff
Kapaun Crusader Classic HS 2016-10-28 DCI R1 109 BL 107 SW Aff
NJDDT at Johnson County Community College C 2016-03-19 JV R7 Northern Iowa BF Indiana GT Neg
NJDDT at Johnson County Community College C 2016-03-19 JV R3 UT San Antonio AW Southern Methodist CM Aff
NJDDT at Johnson County Community College C 2016-03-19 JV R1 Southern Methodist SL Minnesota SY Neg
KCKCC DCI TOC Qualifier HS 2015-11-06 Nov R2 Blue Valley Northwest Ahluwalia & Choudhry Barstow Case & Park Neg
KCKCC DCI TOC Qualifier HS 2015-11-06 Nov R1 Barstow Lin & Williams Blue Valley Northwest Thurlby & Williams Neg
Kapaun Mount Carmel DCI Qualifier HS 2015-10-23 DCI R4 Maize RY Newton BK Neg
Kapaun Mount Carmel DCI Qualifier HS 2015-10-23 DCI R2 ONW KS Maize KS Aff
57th Pflaum Debates at ESU C 2012-10-19 OPEN Open 6 UMKC JW KState KK Aff
57th Pflaum Debates at ESU C 2012-10-19 OPEN Open 5 Kansas HW Emporia BW Aff
57th Pflaum Debates at ESU C 2012-10-19 OPEN Open 4 UCO BY Kansas HH Neg
57th Pflaum Debates at ESU C 2012-10-19 JV JV 3 UCO\KState JM Minnesota MS Neg
57th Pflaum Debates at ESU C 2012-10-19 OPEN Open 2 UCO DV Oklahoma MR Aff
57th Pflaum Debates at ESU C 2012-10-19 OPEN Open 1 Oklahoma MY UCO AB Aff
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