Michael Curry Paradigm

Last changed 12 February 2019 12:49 PM PDT

About me: I am a father, Language Arts / History Teacher, and Speech and Debate coach. I have been a member of our community as a competitor, judge, and coach since 1990. I believe that this activity is the most important thing young people can do while in school. Trends an styles come and go, but one immovable truth guides my participation in this activity: I care for you, am proud of you, and look forward to you taking control of our country and making it better than when you found it.

About LD: I see my role in the round as a non-intervening arbiter tasked with the job of determining what world, aff or neg, we would be better off living in. I have judged V/C rounds, policy rounds, theory rounds, framework rounds. And while I have not attended a camp, or have a grasp of the current jargon in circuit debate, I find myself able to render decisions consistent with my peers even though I might not be able to vocalize my rationale the way camp debaters expect. I know who won, I just don't have the catchy phrases or lingo to explain how. You can not spread if you don't include me in the email chain. And even then, during rebuttals, I really do need clear signposting and pen time at the critical moments when you need me to hear your analysis. I am a smart guy, but as a father and teacher, I don't have the time to be hyper-versed in the literature. But if you take a small chunk of time, explain your theory, I'll get it. Ultimately, the email chain and the pen time will allow me to have a clean flow. And I (and you) want that clean flow for me to render a decision we can all be happy with.

So what are we looking at to secure my ballot. I'm a rubber meets the road kind of guy. I look for impacts. I expect engagement. I typically don't pull the trigger on T. I find most T arguments un-compelling if even my uneducated self knows about issues the Aff is bringing up. And in a world of disclosure, I am guessing most people know what's going on. This isn't to say I don't vote on T, but my bar is high. I'm open to pre-fiat arguments. I'm fine with considering RVIs. I'm fine with CX during prep if both competitors are ok with it. I don't mind audience members, but I will clear the room if I find the audience being disrespectful, or trying to cheat a glance at my ballot.

My RFDs in round are short, focus on the major voting issues, and are not open to cross examination by students or their coaches. I will write my more detailed thoughts out on the e-ballots prior to the end of the tournament.

Finally, I'm not going to be hurt by how you pref me. I'm going to do my best to do right in the round. One will agree with me. One won't. That's the nature of the game. But the sun will rise on the morn regardless of how you pref, or how I vote.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
The Holiday Edge at Virtual ClackamasCleveland HS 2020-12-02 OPARLI R4 BA 2026 CG 2020 Gov
The Holiday Edge at Virtual ClackamasCleveland HS 2020-12-02 NPOL R3 AR 111 AC 105 Aff
North Oregon District Tournament HS 2020-02-29 BQ R6 AC 160 AR 161 Aff Aff 2-1
North Oregon District Tournament HS 2020-02-29 BQ R5 AL 145 AP 135 Aff Aff 3-0
Robert D Clark at the University of Oregon HS 2020-02-15 OPAR Semis AK 116 BH 106 Neg Neg 5-0
Robert D Clark at the University of Oregon HS 2020-02-15 JPAR R5 BZ 119 AA 121 Aff
Robert D Clark at the University of Oregon HS 2020-02-15 JPAR R3 AE 131 BW 122 Neg
Robert D Clark at the University of Oregon HS 2020-02-15 JLD R1 BA 112 AC 118 Neg
Puget Sound High School Invitational HS 2020-01-10 OPF semis MouSi MS Puyall ES Con Con 3-0
Puget Sound High School Invitational HS 2020-01-10 OPF octos Interl KP MouSi CR Pro Pro 3-0
Puget Sound High School Invitational HS 2020-01-10 OPF R5 Capita EF RaiAvi RL Con
Puget Sound High School Invitational HS 2020-01-10 OPF R5 Interl SK Puyall MP Con
Puget Sound High School Invitational HS 2020-01-10 OPF R4 BCAcad LJ MouSi JM Pro
Puget Sound High School Invitational HS 2020-01-10 OPF R4 ThoJef NS EasPre BR Con
Puget Sound High School Invitational HS 2020-01-10 OPF R3 Interl CD GigHar OE Pro
Puget Sound High School Invitational HS 2020-01-10 OPF R3 Vancou ZW RaiAvi LO Pro
Puget Sound High School Invitational HS 2020-01-10 OPF R2 MouSi CS Bellev CS Pro
Puget Sound High School Invitational HS 2020-01-10 OPF R2 RaiAvi CL EasPre OL Con
Puget Sound High School Invitational HS 2020-01-10 NPF R1 EasPre BK RaiAvi PP Pro
Puget Sound High School Invitational HS 2020-01-10 NPF R1 GigHar KT ThoJef VM Pro
Jerry Hudson Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-10-18 SrPF R6 Woodrow Wilson Natalie Taylor & Hannah Kaye Lakeridge Dexter Lambo & Emily Zou Neg Neg 3-0
Jerry Hudson Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-10-18 JrPar R3 Ashland Zakiyah Clark & Ethan Smith Gresham-Barlow Evan Bressel & Liam Buell Aff
Jerry Hudson Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-10-18 JrPar R2 Oak Hill Samantha Mattox & Leila Sanghvi Ashland Owen Johnson & Mason Decker Neg
OSAA OnPoint Community Credit Union State Speech Championships HS 2019-04-18 CX Quarte 109E 316 107K 313 Neg Neg 3-0
OSAA OnPoint Community Credit Union State Speech Championships HS 2019-04-18 PARLI R4 74E 770 53G 769 Gov
OSAA OnPoint Community Credit Union State Speech Championships HS 2019-04-18 PF R3 2G 901 92W 922 Con
OSAA OnPoint Community Credit Union State Speech Championships HS 2019-04-18 PF R3 92W 923 73D 915 Pro
OSAA OnPoint Community Credit Union State Speech Championships HS 2019-04-18 CX R1 34X 307 37H 310 Neg
Puget Sound High School Invitational MS 2019-01-11 LDNO R10 Olympia JC Raisbeck Aviation AR Neg Neg 3-0
Puget Sound High School Invitational HS 2019-01-11 OLD E3 BELLINGHAM UNITED DEBATE CLUB AB Pennsbury CZ Neg Neg 3-0
Puget Sound High School Invitational HS 2019-01-11 OLD R8 Kamiak NB Newport VC Aff Aff 3-0
Puget Sound High School Invitational HS 2019-01-11 OLD R8 Interlake AX Ferris ML Aff Aff 2-1
Puget Sound High School Invitational HS 2019-01-11 OLD E1 BELLINGHAM UNITED DEBATE CLUB AB Westview AM Aff Aff 2-1
Puget Sound High School Invitational HS 2019-01-11 OLD R6 BELLINGHAM UNITED DEBATE CLUB WB Raisbeck Aviation HT Neg
Puget Sound High School Invitational HS 2019-01-11 LDJV R6 University IM Westview ZZ Neg
Puget Sound High School Invitational HS 2019-01-11 OLD R5 Mercer Island ZW University SB Aff
Puget Sound High School Invitational HS 2019-01-11 OLD R3 Westview AM Raisbeck Aviation JS Aff
Puget Sound High School Invitational HS 2019-01-11 OLD R3 Woodrow Wilson EK Seattle Academy Of Arts & Science DS Aff
Puget Sound High School Invitational HS 2019-01-11 LDNO R1 Vashon WA W F West TS Neg
Puget Sound High School Invitational HS 2019-01-11 OLD R1 Mercer Island TM Gig Harbor AC Neg
Rose City Round Robin HS 2018-02-23 PARLI R5 AA 933 BE 945 Aff
Rose City Round Robin HS 2018-02-23 PARLI R4 AA 932 BE 944 Aff
Rose City Round Robin HS 2018-02-23 PARLI R3 AC 901 AN 940 Aff
Rose City Round Robin HS 2018-02-23 LD R3 AA 725 AB 701 Aff
Rose City Round Robin HS 2018-02-23 LD R2 AA 707 AP 741 Aff
Rose City Round Robin HS 2018-02-23 PF R1 AF 619 AA 628 Neg
Rose City Round Robin HS 2018-02-23 CX R1 AG 807 AX 816 Neg
Puget Sound 84th High School Invitational HS 2018-01-05 OLD E3 Brentwood EL Gig Harbor KG Neg Neg 3-0
Puget Sound 84th High School Invitational HS 2018-01-05 OLD E2 Central Valley TO Los Altos PD Aff Aff 3-0
Puget Sound 84th High School Invitational HS 2018-01-05 OLD E1 Central Valley NM Woodrow Wilson EK Neg Neg 3-0
Puget Sound 84th High School Invitational HS 2018-01-05 OLD R6 Central Valley DT Interlake EZ Aff
Puget Sound 84th High School Invitational HS 2018-01-05 OLD R6 Tahoma Senior JB Brentwood SH Aff
Puget Sound 84th High School Invitational HS 2018-01-05 OLD R4 Newport AL Westview RS Aff
Puget Sound 84th High School Invitational HS 2018-01-05 OLD R4 Brentwood EC Eastside Catholic AL Neg
Puget Sound 84th High School Invitational HS 2018-01-05 LDNO R3 Mount Vernon JT Capital ET Neg
Puget Sound 84th High School Invitational HS 2018-01-05 OLD R3 Central Valley NM McMinnville AC Aff
Puget Sound 84th High School Invitational HS 2018-01-05 OLD R2 Central Valley TO Woodrow Wilson EK Aff
Puget Sound 84th High School Invitational HS 2018-01-05 LDNO R2 Glencoe NB BELLINGHAM UNITED DEBATE CLUB MR Aff
Puget Sound 84th High School Invitational HS 2018-01-05 OLD R1 Vashon MS Interlake ED Neg
Puget Sound 84th High School Invitational HS 2018-01-05 OLD R1 Westview AM BELLINGHAM UNITED DEBATE CLUB AB Aff
83rd Annual Puget Sound High School Tournament HS 2017-01-06 OLD E3 Palo Alto (Independent) BH Gig Harbor CM Neg Neg 2-1
83rd Annual Puget Sound High School Tournament HS 2017-01-06 OLD E2 Gig Harbor CM Brentwood ELi Aff Aff 3-0
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VPF Double Denver East CS Miramonte GZ Con Con 2-1
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VPF Triple Oakwood School - North Hollywood BG Fairmont Preparatory PP Pro Pro 3-0
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VPF Triple Miramonte GZ Oakwood School - North Hollywood LW Pro Pro 3-0
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VPF R6 Harker RJ St Francis BI Pro
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VPF R6 Miramonte WB Cypress Bay HS Con
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VPF R5 St. Francis GG Lynbrook JC Con
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VPF R5 Miramonte GZ Cherry Creek Ro Pro