Amarillo High Shut Up Speak
2023 — Amarillo, TX/US
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I look forward to hearing prepared speakers who take the initiative, have the knowledge to speak extemporaneously when necessary, and can also ask probing questions that lead to well-constructed arguments. Students should take an active leadership role by participating in the chamber's motions, whether or not they are presiding.
I want there to be a connection between the V/C and the arguments. I personally do not like to see LARPING in LD, but if the first statement holds true, then I can overlook that as long as the debate is more philosophical overall. I prefer LDers to have a strong morality-based framework that I can flow; therefore, I want to hear speeches that are organized and easy to follow. For example, your value, criterion, contentions (or whatever you call them), and subpoints must be clear, but you also must have strong support for each of your arguments. Speed is fine as long as I can hear your arguments, but I would also like to be on the email chain if possible (firstname.lastname@example.org). Participants should look at the judge during cross-examination, not at the opponent.
Congress, while functional debate, is just as significantly role playing. Take the role. Serve the part. This increases professionalism and individuality within the round. I prefer quality over quantity and communication must be elemental to the round. It the quality here blended with unique arguments that leads to clash.
Theatrical Individual Events - DI/HI/Duet/DUO/POI/Prose/Poetry
Be in the moment. Engage your judge and audience. Be confident. Perform with focus on your verbal presentation blended with your physicality. I look for proper inflection, diction, and enunciation alongside other elements of characterization. Balance your time with the story arc you are attempting to establish - help me visualize your character's world and the thematic meaning you are highlighting. Have you created a reflection of the mood and essence intended by the author(s)? Be sure to include an appropriately crafted introduction. I enjoy a well designed teaser before entering into your introduction. In partner events the introduction should be equally balanced. I equally enjoy well crafted settings through movement and pantomime. Throughout the round remain respectful of the performances in your room.
Forensic Individual Events - OO/INF/USX/IX
A professional presentation is anticipated ranging from mannerisms within your speech towards vocabulary choice, organization, handling of presentation topic (this includes props in Informative) to general presentation techniques of pace, diction, projection and general enunciation. I look for a well developed and organized concept supported by appropriate evidence, statistics, and personal anecdotes. A balanced use of time in appreciated as your present your introduction, points and conclusion. Inform, persuade and entertain. I enjoy effective use of rhetorical devices. This includes both historical and pop cultural allusions, alliteration and the rule of three. Sound devices enhance the quality of a presentation and make your statements memorable. Eye contact shows confidence. Rhetorical situations should include the full rhetorical square and nit simply the triangle - use ethos, pathos, logos and kairos.