Marna Weston Paradigm

Last changed 4/22 6:37P EDT

Marna Weston (coached by Dale McCall at Twin Lakes High, WPB, FL)
State Champion, Lincoln Douglas Debate & NFL District Champion, Policy Debate (Florida)

TLDR

Condo is probably bad. I don't like tricks and rude stuff. I don't like people beating their opponents down in a disrespectful manner. True champions find a way to win with style, finesse, and some measure of grace. Basically, "say what you mean, and mean what you say" in front of me. Kick outs and shifts are not received well. I am comfortable with crystal clear debaters and crystal clear rebuttals. I've been focused on my policy teams this year, so I'm not familiar with the LD topic. I think there is still such a thing as an LD topic, although I keep hearing the same positions regardless of the topic a lot, and I guess that's ok. I am open to a lot of different types of discussions, and I'm excited to listen to what you bring to the debate space.

TOC Haiku:

Sacred space except

The room where we exchange thoughts

is not for condo

Full Paradigm:
Lincoln Douglas Paradigm (Scroll down to see my policy paradigm):

I guess the best statement I can make about typing a philosophy for a mutual judge preference list in Lincoln Douglas Debate is “I do not understand why this is needed.” My high school coach, Mrs. Dale McCall of Twin Lakes High in West Palm Beach, Florida and others contributed their ideas toward a new style of debate in the early 80’s where “superior speaking to lay audiences on a proposition of value” was envisioned. Any reasonable person without specialized knowledge of any kind would be a fitting judge or audience member in such a forum. That event was called Lincoln Douglas Debate. As a participant when LD was still an experimental event and the topics were chosen through individual tournament invitation, I debated in the final round of the Inaugural Lincoln Douglas Debate at the Barkley Forum in March 1983. In October 1981 a fellow teammate and I closed out the New York City Invitational at the Bronx High School of Science. My paradigm is and always has been, “be a high school Lincoln Douglas Debater”. Offer reasonable definitions (required), a value (required), and criteria as appropriate (probably optional, definitely debatable). Debate as if before a community group, and do not perform in such a way that would alienate reasonably intelligent people who have come to be both informed and entertained.


A good standard would be the “my principal” paradigm. If the principal of my school watched you debate and from your performance came to me on the Monday after your performance and said, “Mr. Weston, I am concerned that debate is confusing, exclusionary, and not an activity that is building critical thinking or communication skills for our students based on what I saw last weekend”, then you can be sure that you will have lost my ballot. Such a performance could endanger the existence of my program. My ballot acts as a defense from such examples gaining popularity. I believe enough loses might cause such practices to cease.


The “role of the ballot” and RFD when I am the critic will ideally be to honor the historic intent of the Lincoln Douglas event and those who worked so hard to bridge the debate world for general audiences, and not to exclude such persons. A rude debater can expect to lose “on face” absent any consideration of arguments withstanding in the round. The activity is about life and how one carries oneself.


Additionally, I shall not reward debaters with high speakers for “rolling over” opponents. One to six big ideas is probably the most I should hear in constructive speeches and these then boiled down to one to four critical voters at the end of the debate. “Drops” in LD are evaluated qualitatively, not quantitatively. It is certainly possible that “one big idea” could make many more ideas irrelevant to a decision, if argued effectively. A superior debater should be able to win the round with class while respecting the dignity of the opposition, in every instance. In short, any person coming into the round should be able to evaluate the round, and every person in the round must be treated in a dignified manner, either as a participant, observer, or critic.


Thank you for your interest in my thoughts.

Policy Paradigm

Updated 8/14/16

Overview: I firmly believe that policy debate is first and foremost a communication activity. Consequently, oral presentation plays a larger factor in my adjudication process than in most decisions in recent years. I focus on the “story” of the debate, but line-byline refutation can be a component of that. Know your order before you announce it. Don't change the order after you announce it. Clearly articulated arguments at any speed can be evaluated. Inarticulate utterings that cannot be understood cannot be evaluated. Be quick, but don't hurry. I will not tolerate rudeness. Cross X is binding.

My paradigm is one of few dispositions; the rest is up to the debaters. They are as follows:

1. I agree that conditionality is "probably" bad. So its "probably" not a bad idea to speak to this and support reasons why I might or might not vote on this.

2. Topical Counterplans are not OK. If at the end of the round I haave been effectiely persuaded there are two Affirmative teams, I'll probably vote Affirmative.

3. I prefer not to judge topicality debates. If you're ahead on it, explain to me why its important to care about this, or I might not understand why to vote on it.

4. I enjoy case debates. Solidly clear and irrefuably presented and reasonably current inherency evidence could really win a debate. No, really.

5. Kritikal arguments on both AFF and NEG are fine, but pay close attention to the way you communicate your position (clear and concise!).

6. The topic should be debated, but how you approach the resolution, and how you approach debate generally (content, style, etc.), should be left up to the debaters.

7. If you're Negative, show me how your approach is specific to this Affirmative. Be thoughtful in explaining what a vote for your side means and why I should endorse it.Ask meto vote for your side. Dont complete on-face grant the 1AC in favor of pre-set tangentially related points and expect me to get why that means the Negaative wins the debate. Be paricularly clear on fairness and why ground is or isnt lost and warrants a decision.These are usually not presented clearly and powerfully.

8. I will appreciate teams who competently deploy arguments from the earlier days of CEDA, such as Justification, Hasty G, etc. I also appreciate when the AFF and NEG teams sit on the correct sides of the room with respect to the judge. Otherwise, I might vote for someone but accidentally vote for the wrong team. "Sort of kidding" but I know this has happened to teams and that in my career in the activity, more than one judge thought they voted for a team, when they hadn't. If you're not on the proper side of the room, at least say in your speech which team you represent and why you think your side should win the debate. That is taken for granted a lot.:)

Public Forum Paradigm

Updated 8/14/16

To be truthful, it all goes by a little quickly for me in a PF round. I never competed in PF. The speeches are really short. I do appreciate the skills developed through the practice of concisely presenting so many arguments in a limited space of time. On a personal note, I thought the whole idea of yet another "policy is too fast and there is too much research" debate event, was that PF would remain slow for lay audiences. I have observed this is not the case, but good debates are still where you find them in PF--- as in Congress, Policy, LD, and Worlds. As such, please watch me closely and clearly indicate why as a judge I should prefer your way of evaluating the round over your opponents. I'm always pretty much up to speed on current events through working on Policy & Extemp each week of the season, so I'll probably be up to date on your issue. The key will be to express reasons to prefer your interpretation of what is important-------over what your opponent is saying. Whoever does that most effectively will likely win my ballot.

Best,

Marna Weston

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
PanDebatic Open 5/2/2020 PF R4 AE Balodis & Katzman AA Kolhe & Agarwal Aff
PanDebatic Open 5/2/2020 CX CX Rd 115 127 Aff
PanDebatic Open 5/2/2020 PF R3 AA Patel & Azom AE Sweet & Martell Aff
PanDebatic Open 5/2/2020 CX CX Rd 127 115 Aff
Isidore Newman Online LD Round Robin 4/13/2020 LDRR R5 Harrison SN Trinity Valley KK Neg Neg on a 2-0
Isidore Newman Online LD Round Robin 4/13/2020 LDRR R4 Albuquerque SR Holy Cross TJ Neg
Isidore Newman Online LD Round Robin 4/13/2020 LDRR R2 Durham JP Montgomery CD Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/15/2020 JVCX Octa ADL WL Winston Churchill DK Aff Aff on a 2-1
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/15/2020 JVCX R5 ModernBrain DS CK McClatchy DB Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/15/2020 JVCX R4 Polytechnic OW BASIS Chandler DV Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/15/2020 JVCX R3 Dougherty Valley KR Langham Creek GS Neg
California Round Round Robin 2/13/2020 PF RR R6 College Prep HN Edina JW Aff Aff on a 2-0
California Round Round Robin 2/13/2020 PF RR R4 Nueva RT Fairmont Prep BC Aff Aff on a 2-0
California Round Round Robin 2/13/2020 LD RR R3 Newark Science SB Dougherty Valley KK Neg
California Round Round Robin 2/13/2020 LD RR R3 Harvard-Westlake SM Loyola JC Aff
California Round Round Robin 2/13/2020 LD RR R2 Quarry Lane MS Southlake Carroll TR Aff
California Round Round Robin 2/13/2020 LD RR R2 Loyola JC Newark Science SB Aff
California Round Round Robin 2/13/2020 PF RR R1 College Prep HN Nueva RT Neg Neg on a 2-0
California Round Round Robin 2/13/2020 PF RR R1 Mission San Jose KZ Fairmont Prep BC Neg Neg on a 2-0
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/24/2020 LD R6 Baton Rouge PF North Allegheny AD Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/24/2020 LD R6 Harrison GC Newark Science TO Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/24/2020 LD R3 Baton Rouge CH Morrison EC Neg
Harvard Westlake Debates 1/16/2020 VLD R6 Saratoga AG Harker AG Aff
Harvard Westlake Debates 1/16/2020 VLD R6 Sequoia AS Sage Hill EX Aff
Harvard Westlake Debates 1/16/2020 VLD R5 San Marino MM Harvard-Westlake GM Neg
Harvard Westlake Debates 1/16/2020 VLD R5 Greenhill KD Quarry Lane ZD Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/10/2020 NCX Quarte Alpharetta HS NJ Woodward BM Aff Aff on a 3-0
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/10/2020 VCX R2 Montgomery Bell HL Barstow AP Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/10/2020 VCX R1 DuVal SN Montgomery Bell BE Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 LD R6 Harker AV Newark Science TO Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 LD R5 Alief Taylor SS Harvard-Westlake OF Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 LD RR R5 Harvard-Westlake SM Newark Science TO Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 LD RR R4 Harrison AZ Edgemont RG Neg Neg on a 2-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 LD R4 Anderson AR Guyer CM Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 LD RR R3 Strake Jesuit BE Santa Monica RE Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 LD RR R2 William G Enloe TG Northland Christian JQ Aff Aff on a 2-0
NSDA Middle School Nationals 6/18/2019 CX R1 EJ Joseph & Raymond EE Paredes & Shan Jr. Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 JVCX Double BASIS Chandler MS Asian Debate League WL Aff Aff on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 JVCX R6 Kent Denver MB Rowland Hall ML Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 JVCX R3 Nevada Union DL Lowell YM Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 JVCX R1 BASIS Chandler MS Langham Creek MS Aff
2019 California Round Robin 2/14/2019 LD RR Round Harvard-Westlake AM Newark Science OS Neg Neg on a 2-0
2019 California Round Robin 2/14/2019 LD RR R6 Halstrom RA West Linn DT Aff Aff on a 2-0
2019 California Round Robin 2/14/2019 LD RR R5 Anderson SJ Harvard-Westlake JN Aff
2019 California Round Robin 2/14/2019 LD RR R5 Pinnacle KA Halstrom RA Aff
2019 California Round Robin 2/14/2019 LD RR R2 West Linn DT Pennsbury CZ Neg Neg on a 2-0
2019 California Round Robin 2/14/2019 LD RR R2 Loyola AO Anderson SJ Aff Aff on a 2-0
2019 California Round Robin 2/14/2019 LD RR R1 Pennsbury CZ Pinnacle KA Neg
2019 California Round Robin 2/14/2019 LD RR R1 Kamiak NB Los Altos PD Aff Aff on a 2-0
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 LD PB Greenhill AM Harvard-Westlake AM Aff Aff on a 2-1
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 LD RKR Cambridge Rindge and Latin AG Harvard-Westlake AM Neg Neg on a 2-1
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 LD R6 Stoneman Douglas TH Bronx HS Of Science JB Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 LD R6 Calhoun AD Henry W Grady EH Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 LD R4 Success Academy Manhattan SB Riverside ED Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 LD R1 Ft Lauderdale PC Newark Science OS Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 LD R1 Durham BD University MW Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R6 Trinity MH Neenah MA Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R6 Cypress Bay IM Minnetonka EM Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R5 Harrison EV Chanhassen GL Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R4 Holy Cross BZ Harrison AZ Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R1 Lakeville North AC Harvard-Westlake AD Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/12/2018 LD R7 Hunter KC New Trier EM Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/12/2018 LD R6 Newark Science SB Cypress Bay GB Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/12/2018 LD R6 New Trier KM Stuyvesant WH Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/12/2018 LD R5 Harrison SN Newark Science SBr Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/12/2018 LD R5 Harrison AZ Unionville LI Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 WSDC Semifi USA Red Neg on a 2-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 WSDC Quarte USA Blue Polytechnic BGKH Aff Aff on a 2-1
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 LD RR R6 Carroll SM Newark Science OS Neg Neg on a 2-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 LD RR R5 Edgemont RG
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 LD RR R3 Newark Science SB Grapevine MT Aff Aff on a 2-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 LD RR R2 Strake Jesuit College Prep JH Holy Cross BZ Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 LD RR R1 Hockaday AS Harvard-Westlake SP Neg Neg on a 2-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 WSDC R1 USA Gold Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/28/2018 LD Dbls Newark Science BA Greenhill MR Aff Aff on a 3-0
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VLD Triple Needham ZL Lexington RW Aff Neg on a 2-1
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VLD R6 Timothy Christian JK Lexington PS Aff
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VLD R5 Lovejoy AK Brophy CP KY Aff
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VLD R4 Hamilton AM Booker T. Washington LK Aff
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VLD R3 Edgemont ER Pinecrest CB Aff
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VLD R3 Lexington EL BASIS Independent Silicon Valley AS Aff
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VLD R2 Mountain Brook RW Lexington OR Aff
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VLD R2 Edgemont JJ Ridge JY Neg
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VLD R1 Asheville MF Lexington NK Aff
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VLD R1 Lexington SG Coral Glades KC Aff
The Harvard Westlake Debates 1/11/2018 NLD NQuart Harvard-Westlake TA Brentwood PS Neg Aff on a 2-1
The Harvard Westlake Debates 1/11/2018 NLD R5 Marlborough EN Harvard-Westlake RM Aff
The Harvard Westlake Debates 1/11/2018 NLD R4 Marlborough IW Harvard-Westlake JM Neg
The Harvard Westlake Debates 1/11/2018 NLD R3 Marlborough OF Harvard-Westlake BW Aff
The Harvard Westlake Debates 1/11/2018 NLD R3 Marlborough EY Harvard-Westlake JC Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/13/2017 LD R7 Harrison EL Princeton CP Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/13/2017 LD Split La Salle ZQ Harrison AZ Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/13/2017 LD Split Newark Science BA Harrison DDj Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/16/2017 LD R5 Little Rock Central AR George Ranch MS Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/16/2017 LD R4 Newark Science OS Carroll HS - Southlake SM Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/16/2017 LD R4 St. Andrew's Episcopal IB Torrey Pines FK Aff
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 CX Final 114 134 Aff Aff on a 4-1
Cross Examination Debate Assocation National Tournament 3/17/2017 Open R6 Nevada Las Vegas JF Houston AL Aff
Cross Examination Debate Assocation National Tournament 3/17/2017 Open R5 Houston MP NewSchool SS Neg
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VLD R6 LC Anderson IH SandHoke Early College AM Aff
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VLD R6 George Ranch SC Loyola Blakefield CG Neg
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VLD R5 Trinity BV Timothy Christian DQ Aff
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VLD R5 Hunter College MS Ridge JH Aff
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VLD R4 Cooper City JA Sequoyah NF Aff
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VLD R4 Ft. Lauderdale HB Pinecrest MW Aff
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VLD R3 Chaminade AF Southlake Carroll AP Neg
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VLD R3 Pine View RG Hunter College TF Neg
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VLD R2 Fenwick IC Ft. Lauderdale SB Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 LD R6 Cape Fear MA Southlake Carroll AP Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 LD R6 Lovett PK Southlake Carroll SM Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 LD R4 Southlake Carroll JC Hawken HG Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 LD R3 Montgomery JT William T. Dwyer LM Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R5 Dougherty Valley CL Fenwick ED Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R2 Ft. Lauderdale HB Dulles AW Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 LD R6 Dallastown Area OM Lake Mary AR Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 LD R4 Pingry AG Davis KS Neg
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 NPOL Semis Caddo Magnet PT Caddo Middle Magnet BK Neg Neg on a 3-0
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 VPOL R5 St. Andrew's Episcopal DY Caddo Magnet RM Neg
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 NPOL R4 Benton TW Caddo Magnet WW Neg
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 NPOL R2 St. Andrew's Episcopal JL Caddo Middle Magnet LU Neg
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 NPOL R1 Airline CP Caddo Magnet IP Neg
Bruce Rogers Debate Tournament 9/10/2016 NPF Quater Warner Robins PH Carrollton CJ Aff Neg on a 2-1
Michigan National Debate Institute Summer Camp 7/28/2016 POL Dubs HJPPV Kaplan & Barton BFHLR Appleby & Rounds Aff Aff on a 3-0
Michigan National Debate Institute Summer Camp 7/28/2016 POL R6 MML Brodson & Silva MP Hart & Rothstein Neg
Michigan National Debate Institute Summer Camp 7/28/2016 POL R2 HJPPV Pham & Lowe FFRSV Buzil & Zou Aff
Michigan National Debate Institute Summer Camp 7/28/2016 POL R1 MP Hunter & Page MML Pang & Bendl Aff
Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament 3/25/2016 Open RD 4 United States Military LO Kansas City Kansas CC WU Neg
Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament 3/25/2016 Open RD 2 United States Military HM Emporia State TW Aff
Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament 3/25/2016 Open RD 1 Long Beach City DZ Louisville GW Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 LD R1 North Atlanta AM Riverside AH Aff
Wildcat Classic at VHS 10/24/2015 PF R5 Houston County AS Brookwood BN Aff Aff on a 3-0
Wildcat Classic at VHS 10/24/2015 PF R4 Brookwood DJ Brooks County CG Aff
Wildcat Classic at VHS 10/24/2015 PF R3 Warner Robins TJ Brooks County GL Aff
Johns Creek Gladiator Debates 10/9/2015 CX Round SouFor QC
CEDA Nats Indiana 3/21/2014 Dbls Oklahoma CL Kansas City Kansas CC FG Neg Aff on a 4-1
CEDA Nats Indiana 3/21/2014 Trip Missouri State BR Oklahoma SB Aff Aff on a 3-0
CEDA Nats Indiana 3/21/2014 Rd 8 Samford BM Kansas City Kansas CC JM Aff
CEDA Nats Indiana 3/21/2014 Rd 7 Sacramento State GM Pepperdine CE Aff
CEDA Nats Indiana 3/21/2014 Rd 6 James Madison GP CUNY DL Neg
CEDA Nats Indiana 3/21/2014 Rd 4 James Madison ML San Francisco State/Irvine AP Aff
CEDA Nats Indiana 3/21/2014 Rs 2 Cornell GR Louisville TW Aff
CEDA Nats Indiana 3/21/2014 Rd 1 Los Rios EJ Sacramento State FT Aff
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/21/2013 OPEN Rd 7 Kansas City Kansas CC CG Emory AlBe Aff
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/21/2013 OPEN Rd 5 Clarion BC Vermont BB Neg
CEDA Nationals at Idaho State University 3/22/2013 0 r6 SacSta FG NewYor FI Aff
CEDA Nationals at Idaho State University 3/22/2013 0 r4 CalSta GM SacSta AF Neg
CEDA Nationals at Idaho State University 3/22/2013 0 r2 KanCit ML CUNY MC Aff
District 6 SEC Tournament 2/22/2013 Nov 5 Wake BJ GSU GP Neg
District 6 SEC Tournament 2/22/2013 JV 2 AppState BM GSU BN Neg