Kathryn Polus Paradigm

Last changed 10/12 2:17P EDT

Current coach for Traverse City Central High School.

Paradigm: I want you to frame the round and tell me where to vote and why. A well developed framework on which I can vote is key. I will not create your arguments for you, so explain them well. As a teacher, it is most important to me that you understand your arguments and learn from the process, so if you can create a framework that convinces me I should vote on it and is well argued I will vote on any argument.

Speed: I can handle speed, but please enunciate. Be sure to be clear on your tags and subpoints. Do not use speed as a tool to confuse. I would rather hear quality arguments and clash than spreading just for the sake of confusing your opponent.

Kritiks: I have no problem with K debate, but for me it must be combined with a quality impact analysis or alternative including a way for me to evaluate the round. Please do the work to explain to me the quality of your framework and why I need to vote in this way. Help me understand the world of the alt, specifically.

DA/CPs: These are great with me. Be thorough in your cards and links, and solid in your impact calc on the DA. Again, understanding of your own arguments are key for learning in the round. Please do not run blocks written by others which you do not understand.

T- It is very hard for me to vote on T without a clear explanation of abuse.

Procedure: Be polite! This is an educational process and should be respected by all competitors. Regardless of your experience level in this community, we are all still learning.

I strongly prefer that you do your own CXs. Each team member should be able to articulate the arguments and should not rely on the other(again learning is the key). I will let you know if your tag-team gets out of hand.

Politeness and respect in the round is a TOP priority. I do not find any flashy behavior appropriate, and will take speaker points for rude interruptions during constructives or rebuttals, cursing or inappropriate language, racist/sexist/classist/xenophobic/homophobic comments to other people in-round, arrogant or insulting comments even if you believe you are winning the round.

Other:

-Line by line! I am super type-A, and if you are not organized my flow is not in your favor.

-Road map before each speech. If I don’t know where you’re going... see above.

-Having a card on something doesn't always beat good analytical arguments

-I will not assume dropped arguments are true if you haven’t done the work to extend it.

-Good analysis needs to make it all the way through to the final speeches.

-I need to be able to understand and find your arguments to vote on them, be organized!

I'm always working on learning as a judge and updating my paradigm.I think all types of debate are interesting and enjoyable as long as you do it well. Ask me questions, make good arguments, and help me understand why it is important to vote for you on any argument. Have fun.

Add to me to the email chain: poluskathryn@gmail.com

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Groves Falcon Invitational 11/15/2019 VP R5 Okemos LY University Prep HC Neg
Groves Falcon Invitational 11/15/2019 NVP R4 Wylie E. Groves LL Okemos KY Aff
Groves Falcon Invitational 11/15/2019 NVP R2 Padre Pio KF Okemos KC Neg
Groves Falcon Invitational 11/15/2019 NVP R1 Okemos MV Wylie E. Groves FSW Neg
Pappas Debate Invitational Wayne State 10/11/2019 PolJV Semis Cody Medicine and Health BT Detroit Country Day CW Neg Neg on a 3-0
Pappas Debate Invitational Wayne State 10/11/2019 PolNR Finals University Prep MR Loyola HS of Detroit CH Aff Aff on a 3-0
Pappas Debate Invitational Wayne State 10/11/2019 PolNU R4 Oakland MR Wylie E. Groves FW Aff
Pappas Debate Invitational Wayne State 10/11/2019 PolOp R3 Loyola HS of Detroit MS Okemos CS Aff
Pappas Debate Invitational Wayne State 10/11/2019 PolNU R2 Okemos CT Wylie E. Groves MS Aff
Pappas Debate Invitational Wayne State 10/11/2019 PolOp R1 Cass Technical CM Detroit Country Day LM Neg
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/14/2018 N POL Npol5 Wylie E. Groves GGW Detroit Country Day BYC Aff
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/14/2018 N POL Npol2 East Kentwood RG Detroit Country Day PW Neg
Spartan Classic at MSU 11/30/2018 O R4 Glenbrook North Jenkins & Razumov Okemos Kethireddy & Li Neg
Spartan Classic at MSU 11/30/2018 O R3 Okemos Srinatha & Chen Niles West Chirayil & Bolchis Aff
Spartan Classic at MSU 11/30/2018 O R1 Detroit Country Day Nimmagadda & Wang H.H. Dow Reza Husain & Wang Neg
Groves Falcon Invitational 11/2/2018 NVP R6 Detroit Country Day WC H.H. Dow BW Aff Aff on a 2-1
Groves Falcon Invitational 11/2/2018 NVP R5 Detroit Country Day BY Padre Pio FK Neg
Groves Falcon Invitational 11/2/2018 NVP R4 Okemos BC Wylie E. Groves LW Aff
Groves Falcon Invitational 11/2/2018 VP R3 Okemos MS H.H. Dow RW Neg
Groves Falcon Invitational 11/2/2018 VP R2 Okemos CN H.H. Dow DV Neg
Groves Falcon Invitational 11/2/2018 VP R1 Okemos TZ H.H. Dow SW Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R7 Lane Tech CG Glenbrook North BM Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R6 Univ Of Chicago Lab NK Casady BB Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R5 Edgemont SS Glenbrook North JK Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R4 Jones DE Mamaroneck ES Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R3 Jones CN Niles West SoKi Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R2 Glenbrook North DL Detroit Country Day LR Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R1 St Ignatius SA Mamaroneck CL Aff
Pappas Debate Invitational Wayne State 10/12/2018 PolJV Finals H.H. Dow TV Aff Aff on a 3-0
Pappas Debate Invitational Wayne State 10/12/2018 PolJV R1 University Prep CH
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/8/2017 N POL Semis Detroit Country Day SL H.H. Dow PV Neg Neg on a 3-0
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/8/2017 N POL Novice H.H. Dow HP Okemos CC Aff
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/8/2017 V POL Varsit Okemos RR H.H. Dow MD Aff Aff on a 2-0
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/8/2017 V POL Varsit West Bloomfield AB H.H. Dow DW Neg Neg on a 2-0
Spartan Classic at MSU 12/1/2017 Nov R4 Glenbrook North Nasir & Wang Niles West Chirayil & Youkhana Aff
Spartan Classic at MSU 12/1/2017 Nov R3 Detroit Country Day Alamari & Liu Catholic Central Pecora & Curvey Aff
Spartan Classic at MSU 12/1/2017 Nov R1 West Bloomfield Deshmukh Niles West Koffman & Memidzam Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 NCX R7 Niles West KK Glenbrook North LS Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 NCX R6 Berkeley Prep SZ Maine East PP Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 NCX R4 Isidore Newman RH Niles West PW Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 NCX R3 Niles North AC Niles West PH Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 NCX R2 Cathedral Prep OS Chicago Lab MA Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 NCX R1 New Trier RR Niles North WK Neg
Groves Falcon Invitational 10/27/2017 NVP R6 H.H. Dow PH Detroit Country Day LZ Aff Aff on a 3-0
Groves Falcon Invitational 10/27/2017 NVP R3 Detroit Country Day LZ H.H. Dow PH Neg
Groves Falcon Invitational 10/27/2017 NVP R2 Detroit Country Day AL H.H. Dow PV Aff