Fidencio Jimenez

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Paradigm Statement
Last changed 16 April 2022 2:12 PM EDT

Hey everyone! My name is Fidencio Jimenez, and I am currently the head congressional debate coach for Modernbrain Academy. I have competed in a variety of individual and debate events during my time as a competitor in the high school and collegiate circuits of competition. My general approach to judging follows as such:

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Congressional Debate

Make sure your claims are linked and warranted with evidence. If you don't make it clear how your sources and information connect, you just sound like you are listing sources without contextualizing them in the round. This usually results in speakers presenting impacts that were not explicated thoroughly. I do not flow arguments that fail this basic requirement.

Incorporate the legislation in your arguments. I read the topics before each round, make sure you do too. If your points do not connect with the actual plan (that being I don't buy that the topic viably solves the problems or creates claimed harms), I will not flow them.

Keep the debate topical. If the link between your claims and the bill is obvious there isn't much to worry about here. If you don't think the grounds for the link between your harm/benefit are clear, justify yourself by explaining what mechanisms in the legislation make it so that your claims come to fruition. This makes it so you avoid mistranslation and prevent judges (myself included, it can happen to anyone) from overlooking/misunderstanding something in the topic.

For presiding officers, I ask you to be firm, deliberate, and clear in your instructions. The more a PO demonstrates the ability to take control over the round to avoid complications, the more they will be rewarded.

EX: Round does not have anyone who wants to speak so you call for recess, call for splits, and urge people to swap sides or speak.

Policy/LD/PUFO/Parli

Spreading- I do not mind if you spread. However, if your speed makes it so you become audibly incomprehensible I will clear you. Spread at a pace you can actually handle and perform stably.

Counterplans (for where it is relevant)- I am not a fan, too many times it seems like the plans do not tackle the net benefits provided by the proposition. If you can link the counterplan that establishes a harm, run it, but if it doesn't tackle their actual case, you are better off avoiding it.

K's- Same thing as counter plans. There is a time and place but if the K is not extremely fleshed out or justified, I will not consider it. There has to be substantial real-world harm clearly established. Make sure to weigh why the educational value of the discussion is not worth the consequences it creates.

IE's

I evaluate based on performance and the educational value of a competitor. For instance, if someone has a cleaner performance, but does not have a topic that is educationally substantive or as critical as someone with a slightly less clean performance, the person with the more substantive topic will get a higher mark. This is why for interpretation events I ask your thesis is made clear within your introduction and for events like impromptu and platform speaking to avoid surface-level theses or topics.

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Southern States Middle School Speech and Debate Championship MS 2022-04-30 PF R3 Joaquin Miller KR Golden State HN Con
Southern States Middle School Speech and Debate Championship MS 2022-04-30 PF R2 Joaquin Miller WQ Speech and Debate India KL Con
Southern States Middle School Speech and Debate Championship MS 2022-04-30 PF R1 LeapUp Learning YZ Joaquin Miller SC Pro
Southern States Middle School Speech and Debate Championship MS 2021-04-17 PF R4 Phoenix Country Day CS Sugar Land SpiderSmart KP Con
Southern States Middle School Speech and Debate Championship MS 2021-04-17 PF R3 HuaXia Houston KL Sugar Land SpiderSmart ZW Con
Southern States Middle School Speech and Debate Championship MS 2021-04-17 PF R1 South Dickerson KB Sugar Land SpiderSmart LZ Con
Marlborough Middle School and Novice Invitational HS 2021-03-06 N PF R3 Brooks Debate Institute BP Mountain Brook OY Aff
Marlborough Middle School and Novice Invitational MS 2021-03-06 N CX R3 ModernBrain XW ModernBrain LR Neg Neg 3-0
Marlborough Middle School and Novice Invitational MS 2021-03-06 N CX R1 ModernBrain HK ModernBrain SZ Aff Aff 3-0
Claremont Wolfpack Invitational HS 2020-01-03 O LD R5 Cajon AD Honor MG Neg
Claremont Wolfpack Invitational HS 2020-01-03 O LD R5 Troy SJ VIP MA Neg
Claremont Wolfpack Invitational HS 2020-01-03 O LD R4 Los Osos SF Bonita Vista CL Aff
Claremont Wolfpack Invitational HS 2020-01-03 O LD R2 La Jolla Country Day RN Redlands ZH Neg
Claremont Wolfpack Invitational HS 2020-01-03 O LD R2 Carlsbad JV Honor EK Aff
Chuck Ballingall Memorial Invitational at Damien High School HS 2019-11-09 N PF R3 Nova 42 Adam Mimou & Luca Geiger Westridge Holly Nutting & Gladys Yu Aff
Bruschke Invitational at CSU Fullerton HS 2018-04-28 N PF R4 Riverside STEM ZZ ILEAD CK Aff
Bruschke Invitational at CSU Fullerton HS 2018-04-28 M LD R3 Nova 42 ML Oxford LA Aff
Bruschke Invitational at CSU Fullerton 2018-04-28 N LD R2 CL EP Academy of Higher Learning JC Aff
Bruschke Invitational at CSU Fullerton HS 2018-04-28 N LD R1 Troy RC Nova 42 MN Neg
Judge Certifications

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NSDA Nationals CX Paradigm Form

Questionnaire required of all Policy judges at the NSDA National Tournament, even if they have a written Tabroom paradigm.

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NSDA Nationals LD Paradigm Form

Questionnaire required of all LD judges at the NSDA National Tournament, even if they have a written Tabroom paradigm.

Last Updated Apr 16 10:25 PM