Alaina Rafferty Paradigm
Last changed 12 November 2018 4:23 PM CST
My name is Alaina Rafferty. I have judged at this tournament for the past few years. I am constantly impressed by your ability to communicate, perform, and education. I expect to learn how great you adapt in each of my debates. Speed: I believe that debate is a communication event. You should not spread in front of me. I understand that you have a lot to cover, but you can focus on being effective instead of being fast. If I am not taking notes, it is because I don't understand you. Look at me as a traditional judge. I look at the criterion as a thesis. Your offense/contentions should link back into your criterion. Explain why your arguments matter. Explain WHY your opponents don't. Don't be rude. In essence, I want you to have fun. Be clear, be conversational, and warrant your arguments. I look forward to seeing your rounds.
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