Melissa Swauncy Paradigm

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Background: 1 year High School Debate (Policy). 1 year debate at Hawaii Pacific University (Worlds). 2 Years Debate at Middle Tennessee State University (IPDA/NPDA) . 5 years teaching and developing high school and middle school curriculum for Metro Memphis Urban Debate League (Policy). Currently in my second year as assistant debate coach at Wichita East High.

Overall Philosophy: I believe in quality over quantity. Clear argumentation and analysis are key to winning the round. I like hearing clear voters in rebuttals . While I don't mind a nice technical debate, I love common sense arguments more. Pay attention to your opponent's case. Recognize interactions between different arguments and flows and bring it up in CX and in speeches. Exploit contradictions and double-turns. Look for clear flaws, don't be afraid to use your opponent's evidence against them. Be smart.

Solvency: THE AFF PLAN MUST SOLVE

Topicality: I am VERY broad in my interpretation of topicality. Thus, only use Topicality if you truly have a truly legitimate cause to do so. I am not a fan of hearing T just to take up time or for the sake of throwing it on the flow. I will only vote for T if is truly blatant or if the aff does not defend.

Ks: If you are unsure how to run a K, then don't do it. I expect solid links to case, and a strong alternative. "Reject Aff" is not a strong alternative. Again, use if you have legitimate cause, not just to take up time or to have something extra on the flow.

Conditionality: I believe "Condo Bad" 89% of the time.


Critical Affs: If you are unsure how to run a K, then don't do it.

DAs: Make sure you link and make your impact clear.

CPs: Your CP MUST be clearly mutually exclusive and can NOT just piggy back off of your opponent's plan. Generic CPs rarely win with me.

Speed: I don't mind speed as long as you're speaking clearly.

Fiat: I don't mind fiats AS LONG AS THEY MAKE SENSE. Please don't fiat something that is highly improbable (IE: All 50 states doing a 50 state counterplan on a issue several states disagree with)

Tag Team Debate/ Open CX: For me personally, both partners may answer but only one may ask. UNLESS tournament rules state something different. Then we will abide by tournament rules.


Decorum: Be respectful, stay away from personal attacks. Rudeness to your opponent or partner will guarantee you lowest speaks out of all speakers in the round, personal attacks will net you the lowest speak I can give you.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask me before the round begins.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Boston Latin School Debate Tournament 9/21/2019 LD-V Finals Needham VF Brookline AD Aff Aff on a 2-1
Boston Latin School Debate Tournament 9/21/2019 LD-V Semi Needham VF Brookline LC Aff Aff on a 3-0
Boston Latin School Debate Tournament 9/21/2019 PF-V R4 Newton South RJ Weston CL Neg
Boston Latin School Debate Tournament 9/21/2019 LD-V R3 Brookline NT Sharon JB Neg
Boston Latin School Debate Tournament 9/21/2019 LD-V R1 Brookline LC Needham KC Aff
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 KDC QFS Olathe Northwest BR Olathe South FH Aff Aff on a 2-1
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 KDC R6 Buhler KQ Junction City PD Aff
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 KDC R4 Tonganoxie West LR Washburn Rural RS Aff
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 KDC R3 Fort Scott SA Olathe South FH Neg
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 KDC R2 Lawrence AP Ellinwood HH Aff
Sunflower District Tournament 12/7/2018 CX R3 2 Glaghassi & Hopkins 3 Le & Wemhoff Neg Neg on a 2-1
Sunflower District Tournament 12/7/2018 CX R2 9 Kurtzweil & Vu 10 Hartter & Jarmer Neg Neg on a 2-1
Sunflower District Tournament 12/7/2018 CX R1 4 Ashraf & Lonc 2 Lara & Quintero Aff Aff on a 3-0
Maize High School 11/30/2018 VP RD 5 Washburn Rural MS Garden City SH Neg
Maize High School 11/30/2018 VP RD 4 Kapaun Mount Carmel BT Lawrence Free State BW Neg
Panther Debate Tournament 11/9/2018 JV R4 Garden City Mueller & Wright Hutchinson Colvin & Owens Aff
Panther Debate Tournament 11/9/2018 JV R3 Campus White & Perez Manhattan Brockman & Singh Neg
Panther Debate Tournament 11/9/2018 JV R2 Wichita HS West Walentowski & Marin Hutchinson Unruh & Miller Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R7 X167 X228 Neg Aff on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R6 X135 X242 Aff Aff on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R5 X113 X251 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R4 X247 X140 Neg Neg on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R3 X176 X219 Aff Aff on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R2 X234 X174 Aff Aff on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R1 X254 X267 Aff Aff on a 2-0
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 LD R5 3035 3020 Aff Aff on a 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 LD R5 3211 3021 Neg Aff on a 2-1
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 LD R3 3207 3077 Aff Aff on a 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 LD R3 3221 3019 Aff Aff on a 2-1
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 LD R2 3123 3126 Neg Neg on a 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 LD R2 3095 3079 Neg Neg on a 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 LD R1 3134 3190 Aff Aff on a 2-1
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 LD R1 3184 3085 Aff Aff on a 2-1
KSHSAA 6A 2 Speaker Shadow Tab 2018 1/12/2018 KSHSA QFs 4C 15C Neg Neg on a 2-1
KSHSAA 6A 2 Speaker Shadow Tab 2018 1/12/2018 KSHSA OFs 17D 4D Neg Neg on a 2-1
KSHSAA 6A 2 Speaker Shadow Tab 2018 1/12/2018 KSHSA DOFs 10A 17C Aff Aff on a 2-1
KSHSAA 6A 2 Speaker Shadow Tab 2018 1/12/2018 KSHSA R6 12B 10D Aff
KSHSAA 6A 2 Speaker Shadow Tab 2018 1/12/2018 KSHSA R5 21B 17A Aff
KSHSAA 6A 2 Speaker Shadow Tab 2018 1/12/2018 KSHSA R3 4A 11B Aff
KSHSAA 6A 2 Speaker Shadow Tab 2018 1/12/2018 KSHSA R2 3B 13A Neg
Sunflower District Tournament 12/8/2017 CX R4 AE Rocheleau & Nguyen AN Jarmer & Grossman Aff Aff on a 3-0
Maize High Debate Invitational 12/1/2017 VP RD 3 Kapaun Mount Carmel TJ Derby AC Neg
Maize High Debate Invitational 12/1/2017 VP RD 2 Andover EA Kapaun Mount Carmel BL Aff
Panther Debate Tournament 10/27/2017 DCI R6 Topeka Caracioni & Jacques
Panther Debate Tournament 10/27/2017 DCI R5 Kapaun Mount Carmel Bolinger & Magana Blue Valley West Fortune & Verma Aff
Panther Debate Tournament 10/27/2017 DCI R4 Blue Valley Northwest Garimella & Venkatachalan Eisenhower Brown & Jacobson Aff
Panther Debate Tournament 10/27/2017 DCI R3 Lawrence Free State Gordon-Washington & Lillich Blue Valley West Tallavajhala & Vasudevan Aff