Region 18 UHSAA 2A Championship

2019 — Beaver, UT/US

Sharla Almeida Paradigm

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Kelly Angell Paradigm

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Kelly Angell Paradigm

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Kylie Angell Paradigm

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Angela Barton Paradigm

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Betty Benson Paradigm

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Ethan Bradshaw Paradigm

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Jaydenn Caldwell Paradigm

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Caleb Christiansen Paradigm

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Melynda Christiansen Paradigm

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Meili Christiansen Paradigm

Speech and debate has been part of my life for almost ten years. I competed at the National tournament all four years of high school and I have experience competing in every event.

My main concerns for competitors are focus, polish and confidence. Own your event. Show me that you know your speech/topic/event and you are comfortable speaking in front of others.

V. Joseph Christiansen Paradigm

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Von Christiansen Paradigm

I am a practicing attorney who occasionally moonlights as a debate judge. Over the past 30 years I have watched competitive debate deteriorate from a program of teaching students effective communication to a program contrived to win debate rounds by any strategy, including so-called "progressive" tactics that are designed to confuse and overwhelm opponents with tangential and obscure minutia rather than inform and persuade judges with impactful, well-reasoned argumentation.

This is ironic because in real life, in a real courtroom, I will only win a trial if I win the hearts and minds of the jury---presenting artfully crafted arguments that accentuate my personal ethos, while balancing appropriate appeals to logic and passion. If I tried to "spew" or "spread" my arguments to a jury, I would lose the case. If I tried it in front of a judge, I would get kicked out of the courtroom! If I tried to win every case by overwhelming the judge, jury and counsel with every "card" I ever stumbled upon (even remotely related to the case), I would lose all my cases and my clients with them.

The same goes for nearly every other professional communicator. No teacher would teach that way. No news broadcaster would report that way. as far as I can tell, the only job opportunity available to a "progressively" trained debater is to deliver the annoying legal disclaimers at the end of radio commercials.

I realize that my views are hopelessly outdated. No one reading this paradigm statement will ever select me as "1" on a judge preference sheet. Nevertheless, if you have the bad luck of getting me in a round anyway, here are some tips on how to get my vote:

(1) Speak at a normal, conversational rate;

(2) Look me in the eye;

(3) Begin with a clear, real-life illustration of how the Affirmative or Negative case effects real people;

(4) Make me laugh;

(5) Make me cry;

(6) Make me care;

(7) Help me understand what the resolution means;

(8) Help me understand why your ideas are right;

(9) Help me understand why your opponent is wrong; and,

(10) Organize your ideas in a way that makes sense.

I realize that this rhetorical model is profoundly outdated (it is in fact about 2,500 years old). Nevertheless, in the spirit of learning something useful (rather than simply winning another piece of shiny plastic today for speed-reading), please give these ideas a try!

Preston Clarke Paradigm

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Sandy Collings Paradigm

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Nevada Condie Paradigm

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Ann-Marie Davis Paradigm

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Liberty Davis Paradigm

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Dominick DeFrezna Paradigm

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Stacey Elwell Paradigm

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Tracy Elwell Paradigm

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Stacey Elwell Paradigm

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Kristine Erickson Paradigm

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Marilee Eyre Paradigm

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Kassi Eyre Paradigm

I have had two daughters take part on their high school Speech and Debate team. I think it takes a special talent to present yourself confidently and effectively. I will specifically be looking for strong evidence, no spewing, and a clear level of love for your event. Good Luck!

McKadee Eyre Paradigm

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Garrett Faylor Paradigm

Be civil. Debate beyond your case. As you debate, interact with and include all of the information brought up in the round. Speak clearly and organize your arguments in a clear and concise manner.

Jenny Griffiths Paradigm

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Sam Hill Paradigm

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Jamee Joseph Paradigm

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Marjorie McWilliams Paradigm

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Marjorie McWilliams Paradigm

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Valerie Messinger Paradigm

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Katy Moss Paradigm

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Parker Pingel Paradigm

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Kenneth Ure Paradigm

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