Warrior War of Words
2018 — Grovetown, GA, GA/US
Amy Catlett Paradigm
Angel Cleary Paradigm
Justin Hart Paradigm
Mario Herrera Paradigm
I competed in high school policy debate back in the day but haven't judged policy in a while. I have been coaching for 27 years, coaching all speech events, Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas and Congress with students from my team reaching elimination rounds at major national tournaments in nearly all speech events and in all debate events.
I believe Public Forum debate to be exactly that- a public forum. I also appreciate and enjoy the intricacies of argumentation. In the end, my jurisdiction is the resolution, therefore I need to hear argumentation stemming from the given resolution.
Speaking quickly in a round is a must, but it should not be at the expense of communication. Throwing arguments around to see what sticks is not the best strategy with me. I also believe that there is rarely a "silver bullet" type of argument, and argument that is so good that it is irrefutable. Don't try isolate your competition- instead, clash your arguments with theirs. Debate is about the clash. That is what makes it engaging and important. Create that clash.
Theory arguments rarely persuade me, although I have been known to vote for theory. I prefer to hear about the point of conflict within the resolution.
The best advice I can give is to connect the dots in the round. If you don't, that means I have to and that means those dots may not connect to where you intended. Weigh the round, not just your impacts.
I've been hearing that nuclear war is going to happen since 1982. Just because something is said in a round does not make it true. Valid, reasonable positions and evidence are key. The impacts of arguments need to be sound and connected.
A dropped argument does not mean a winning argument.
In the end, debate is an exercise in discussion, discourse, rhetoric, argumentation and rebuttal. Logos, ethos and pathos are vital in the debate arena. Have fun! Debate decisions are about who debater better in a given moment in time with a given situation. You've chosen a remarkable activity to participate in.
Praise Jackson Paradigm
William Jewett Paradigm
Laura LaChappelle Paradigm
After discovering forensics my senior year of high school, I competed all four years of college (1990-1994) in Individual Events and in Parliamentary Debate, competing in out rounds at national tournaments in Impromptu, Informative Speaking, Prose Interpretation, and Dramatic Interpretation. I have a B.S. Ed in Speech Communication from Northern Arizona University and completed extensive graduate hours in Speech Communication at Prescott College. In 2008, I founded the Speech & Debate program at Jackson High School, a rural-fringe, Title I school south of Atlanta, where I coach PF, LD, and IEs.
I am conservatively minded, and tend to be rather old-school when adjudicating debate, looking for both argumentation and communication skills. I don't think PF should be full of jargon, nor do I think spreading should exist in LD. I believe that LD at its core should still be value debate.