Sean Petersen

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Paradigm Statement
Last changed 20 November 2021 3:57 AM CDT

General Debate Paradigm:

Experienced Coach and Flow Judge and 4 Year High School Debater, World History/Psychology/Sociology Teacher with previous career as a Community Corrections Officer (Probation and Parole).

In my experience, all forms of Debate are a synthesis of examples, evidence, and analysis. Competitors need to dive deep into the resolutions presented and wrestle with the ideas, evidence, philosophy, experiences, and impacts that stem from the resolution while tying back the original intention of the resolution. (Framer's Intent)

In my estimation all possible areas of inquiry are on the table, but be mindful that some styles of debate depend more on some mechanics then others. If you run topicality in a LD case, it feels off. If you try to solve for BQ, that's just wrong. Debate styles need to stay in their own lanes and crossover is risky if I'm judging your round. A note on Spreading: I am not a fan. Debate is about connections and persuasion and connection with your judge. Spreading harms or eliminates all of these. Don't. I will never vote down a debater for Spreading only but you already have one huge strike against you out of the gate if you do.

I believe in the Burdens of Debate. Aff must prove the resolution's premise as true and correct via the Burden of Proof, regardless of the style. If not they lose. Neg must attack and uphold the Burden of Clash (Rejoinder) and if they do not they can not win.

A quick word on preferences for case presentation. Constructives need to be clear cut and purposeful, lay out all your arguments and evidence, simply open doors or you to walk through in the next speech. Extension evidence is always welcome to expand your points in support in 2nd speeches. Cross should allows be respectful and civil, I do take notes on cross but the points made there highlight your style and ability to think on the fly. Use of canned questions in any form are looked down on.

Rebuttals are fair game but you should always attack, rebuild and expand your arguments in this speech. Repeating points in Rebuttals doesn't increase the weight of the argument.

Consolidation Speeches are for crystalizing the main ideas and presenting voting issues in and overall persuasive and final presentation of your case through points. Please respect the format, arguments that extend well past the rebuttals do not carry more weight with me and are presented too late, make sure to do your job in each segment of the round.

A word about style within the round:

Using excessive speed (defined as 145 or more words per minute, above regular conversational speed of speech) or use excessive points or stylistic tricks to try to disadvantage your opponent in a round will win you no style points with me. If you are speaking beyond my ability to flow or use excessive points within a case I will put my pen down and this signifies that I am no longer constructively in the round. This is to be avoided at all costs, keep your judge “in the round” and go slow, standard conversational pace.

Other Points:

  • Case Points for case clarity are gladly accepted.

  • Running Logical Fallacies are strongly encouraged. If you spot one, feel free to call an opponent out for it provided it is valid and you can explain the logical flaw clearly and directly (thus avoiding committing a fallacy of your own.)

  • Unique arguments hold more weight then generic arguments, so look for a new angle to gain the upper hand.

  • If Aff doesn't rebuild and/or extend, they lose. If Neg doesn't attack and disprove, they lose.

  • Observation is good, Observation + Analysis is better, Observation + Analysis+Evidence is best.

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Arkansas State Championship HS 2022-04-01 BQ Finals Cabot RH Jonesboro BY Neg Neg 2-1
Arkansas District Tournament In Honor of Jennifer Akers HS 2022-02-24 LD R3 Conway TD Little Rock West HS of Innovation SB Aff
Arkansas District Tournament In Honor of Jennifer Akers HS 2022-02-24 PF R2 Webb Storer Arkansas School for Math, Science, and the Arts GD Aff
Arkansas District Tournament In Honor of Jennifer Akers HS 2022-02-24 LD R1 Bentonville FR Little Rock West HS of Innovation IR Aff
Bentonville Wild West Online Invitational HS 2022-02-04 LD Semis 3 Sawyer Giese 1 Madison Arenaz Neg Neg 2-1
Bentonville Wild West Online Invitational HS 2022-02-04 BQ R2 7 Daniel Taft 12 Ingrid Dominguez Aff
Bentonville Wild West Online Invitational HS 2022-02-04 NIPDA R1 3 Aurora Moran 22 Kaitlynn Lewallen Aff
Cabot Classic HS 2022-01-21 VPF Semis 3 Ewalt & Keefe 2 Jenkins & De Loach Pro Pro 2-1
Cabot Classic HS 2022-01-21 NLD R2 20 Sydney Bateman 22 Jasmin Vogel Aff
Cabot Classic HS 2022-01-21 BQ R1 31 Jorge Paz 2 Freya Rohrmann Aff
ACTAA Junior High December Regional MS 2021-11-30 IPDA R3 9 Harshavardan Thorat 1 Alexis Bervig Aff
Skyhawk Smackdown Online HS 2021-11-18 VLD R5 Logan Ashton Xu Cotton Valery Tomadakis Aff
Skyhawk Smackdown Online HS 2021-11-18 VPF R4 ParCit Allison & Rutkowski Logan Yaun & Leary Pro
Skyhawk Smackdown Online HS 2021-11-18 VLD R3 Logan Gary Zhan Cotton Crew Simpson Aff
Skyhawk Smackdown Online HS 2021-11-18 VLD R2 Cotton Matthew Cessna Logan Micheal Nash Aff
Skyhawk Smackdown Online HS 2021-11-18 VLD R1 Hillcr Michael Chen Logan Dohoon Kwag Neg
ACTAA November Junior High Regional MS 2021-11-09 LD R3 1 Anjulie Bell 2 Caleb Wunderlich Neg
2021 Bob Jones Academy Speech and Debate 35th Invitational HS 2021-10-16 NLD R4 1111 1119 Aff
2021 Bob Jones Academy Speech and Debate 35th Invitational HS 2021-10-16 NLD R3 1108 1131 Aff
2021 Bob Jones Academy Speech and Debate 35th Invitational HS 2021-10-16 VLD R2 1200 1216 Aff
Bentonville Tigers Eye HS 2021-09-28 NLD Semis 4 Aurora Moran 4 Natalie Hubbard Neg Aff 2-1
Bentonville Tigers Eye HS 2021-09-28 NIPDA Octos 11 Miriah Claiborne 18 Averyella Bales Aff
Bentonville Tigers Eye HS 2021-09-28 BQ R3 18 Kallyn Rogers 4 Patrick Gunter III Aff
Bentonville Tigers Eye HS 2021-09-28 BQ R2 18 Lily Sadler 4 Madison Wyatt Neg
Bentonville Tigers Eye HS 2021-09-28 VLD R1 4 Alayna Adineh-Kharat 8 Hemali Gauri Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 LD R6 610 763 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 LD R6 524 521 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 LD R5 781 734 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 LD R4 579 667 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 LD R4 670 594 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 LD R3 765 541 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 LD R3 531 622 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 LD R2 593 621 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 LD R2 525 512 Neg Neg 2-0
IPDA High School National Championship HS 2021-04-23 VIPDA Finals 215 210 Neg Neg 2-1
IPDA High School National Championship HS 2021-04-23 NIPDA Quarte 309 318 Neg
IPDA High School National Championship HS 2021-04-23 NIPDA R6 320 314 Neg
IPDA High School National Championship HS 2021-04-23 VIPDA R5 200 210 Aff
IPDA High School National Championship HS 2021-04-23 VIPDA R4 211 212 Aff
Arkansas Forensics and Debate State Championship HS 2021-03-30 NIPDA Semis 2 Linlee Asbill 5 Kevin Sanchez Cueva Aff Aff 3-0
Arkansas Forensics and Debate State Championship HS 2021-03-30 BQ Semis 3 Sarah Havdala 10 Rainey Page Aff Aff 2-1
Arkansas Forensics and Debate State Championship HS 2021-03-30 VIPDA R3 8 Alex Van Horn 11 Savannah Barrentine Neg
Arkansas Forensics and Debate State Championship HS 2021-03-30 NLD R1 1 Sawyer Giese 10 Ashley Garcia Aff
ACTAA High School March Regional HS 2021-03-07 NIPDA Quarte 15 Reece Boykin 13 Breanna Breedlove Neg
ACTAA High School March Regional HS 2021-03-07 NPF Semis 9 Jefferson & Young 13 Ernst & Stewart Con Pro 2-1
Arkansas District Tournament HS 2021-02-11 LD Semis 3 Joelle Buckner 2 Isabella Moody Aff Aff 2-1
Arkansas District Tournament HS 2021-02-11 LD R4 3 Isabella Parker 14 Bailey Curry Neg
Arkansas District Tournament HS 2021-02-11 LD R2 3 Sawyer Giese 2 Kennedy Marrs Aff
Arkansas District Tournament HS 2021-02-11 PF R1 1 Talluri & Marathe 5 Turner & Lee Neg
ACTAA High School February Regional HS 2021-01-31 NPF Semis 8 Ale Avila 16 Ernst & Stewart Pro Pro 3-0
ACTAA High School December Regional HS 2020-11-28 NPF Quarte Webb Storer 12 Jefferson & Young Pro
ACTAA High School December Regional HS 2020-11-28 NLD R3 5 Tanaya Deshpande 3 Jace Owens Aff
ACTAA High School December Regional HS 2020-11-28 BQ R2 3 Brooklyn Evans 5 Aaron Mosley Aff
ACTAA High School December Regional HS 2020-11-28 NLD R1 13 Andres Berumen 3 Desiree Boykin Neg
ACTAA High School October Regional HS 2020-10-17 VPF Semis 6 English & Finkenbinder 1 Beck & Brumbelow Pro Pro 3-0
ACTAA High School October Regional HS 2020-10-17 VLD Octos 17 Daigen Conway 5 Lexi Aikman Neg
ACTAA High School October Regional HS 2020-10-17 VPF R3 2 Keefe & Ewalt 3 Beard & Turnage Pro
ACTAA High School September Regional HS 2020-09-20 VLD Semis 3 Anna Dean 1 Alexis Childs Neg Neg 2-1
ACTAA High School September Regional HS 2020-09-20 VPF Semis 14 English & Finkenbinder 4 Witt & Karuvath Pro Con 2-1
ACTAA High School September Regional HS 2020-09-20 NLD R5 1 Haley Robbins 7 Logan Bills Aff
ACTAA High School September Regional HS 2020-09-20 BQ R4 7 Rainey Page 13 Caroline Coussoule Aff
ACTAA High School September Regional HS 2020-09-20 NLD R3 7 Bailey Curry 1 Bradley House Aff
ACTAA High School September Regional HS 2020-09-20 NLD R2 1 Desiree Boykin 1 Kiya Massery Neg
ACTAA High School September Regional HS 2020-09-20 NLD R1 1 Jeremy Stewart I 1 Jaydon Nobles Neg
Union Forensic Society Invitational HS 2020-01-31 CLD Qtr BroArr LM BTW SR Aff Neg 2-1
Union Forensic Society Invitational HS 2020-01-31 CLD R5 BTW SR Oologa TD Aff
Union Forensic Society Invitational HS 2020-01-31 CLD R5 TulSch PM Bixby LJ Neg
Union Forensic Society Invitational HS 2020-01-31 CLD R3 MetChr CW Bixby LD Aff
Union Forensic Society Invitational HS 2020-01-31 CLD R1 Bixby NK BTW LV Neg
Dardanelle Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-01-10 NIPDA Quarte Anabelle Clark Rayan Shuja Aff
Dardanelle Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-01-10 NIPDA R3 Lily Sadler Savannah Barrentine Neg
Dardanelle Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-01-10 NIPDA R2 Anabelle Clark Samantha Meeks-Warner Aff
Dardanelle Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-01-10 NIPDA R2 Luke Thurman Jacob Hodges Neg
Dardanelle Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-01-10 BQ R2 Adan Flores Ashley Garcia Neg
Dardanelle Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-01-10 BQ R1 Brianna Wisdom Kaitlyn Smart Aff
Dardanelle Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-01-10 IPDA R1 Adan Flores Samantha Matthews Neg
Bixby Green Corn Classic HS 2019-12-13 6LD Semis TulWas KK BroArr LM Neg Neg 2-1
Bixby Green Corn Classic HS 2019-12-13 QPF Semis TulWas HB Jenks CW Neg Neg 2-1
Bixby Green Corn Classic HS 2019-12-13 CLD R3 Jenks GM TulSch PM Aff
Bixby Green Corn Classic HS 2019-12-13 CLD R3 Jenks MC NorNor JG Aff
Bixby Green Corn Classic HS 2019-12-13 CLD R1 Jenks KQ NorNor AZ Aff
Bixby Green Corn Classic HS 2019-12-13 CLD R1 Jenks RS Verdig DM Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 BQ R12 Q103 Q111 Neg Aff 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 BQ R10 Q164 Q105 Neg Neg 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 BQ R4 Q134 Q135 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 BQ R4 Q163 Q109 Aff
Fayetteville March Madness Invitational HS 2019-03-08 VPF Quarte 13 Collins & Lisk 1 Witt & Manchikanti Pro
Fayetteville March Madness Invitational HS 2019-03-08 VLD R3 19 Juan Olivarez 1 Jacob Floyd Aff
Fayetteville March Madness Invitational HS 2019-03-08 VLD R2 19 Tanner McChristian 1 Lauren Dalton Neg
Bentonville Wild West Invitational HS 2019-02-01 BQ Quarte 7 Josephine Pettway 3 Wilson & Ugarov Aff
Bentonville Wild West Invitational HS 2019-02-01 VPF R3 1 Pandey & Gjeruldsen 1 Franke & Floyd Pro
Bentonville Tigers Eye HS 2018-10-05 NPF Finals 10 Dodd & Sharif 1 Masud & Moyes Pro Pro 2-1
Bentonville Wild West Invitational MS 2017-11-03 JHBQ R3 8 Ellen Zhang 5 Betancourt & Naik Aff
Bentonville Wild West Invitational HS 2017-11-03 JHBQ R2 15 Michael Maddox 15 Eve Dent Aff