Pharr San Juan Alamo Southwest High School
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Wed March 1, 2023 at 12:01 AM CEST
In short: I'll vote for anything if it's impacted well. I'm not the fastest flow, so don't speed through arguments please, particularly in the later parts of debating theory and disads. Default to competing interpretations in T-debates, ok with CPs, and partial to the K. With Ks, I'm not so seasoned with the theory that is popular in K debates, so please explain the theory in its application to the aff. Clear taglines and be collegial.
Sinton High School
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Sat March 12, 2022 at 2:59 AM CDT
How the speech is presented is as important as its construction.
Looking for organized speeches with some kind of evidence (real-world impacts; examples/references, context/background).
Prefer extemporaneous speeches to ones that are read from a script.
Prefer conversational, dynamic speaking style with good eye contact.
Don't be afraid to let your personality shine through your speeches; that keeps the round interesting!
Make your questions count; well-thought out questions that help bolster your side of the debate could make a difference in where you are ranked.
Always looking for speakers who respond to questions directly; Answers should demonstrate you have done your research on the topics.
It's always good to point back to the bill or amendment during the debate; remind us of the heart or spirit of the legislation. Refer back to previous AFF/NEG speeches on the legislation. Build on your side's arguments as the debate progresses.
Original thinking and creativity is a bonus!
Stay engaged during the round, and demonstrate you are actively listening to the opposing side's arguments.
Effective POs will receive a high ranking as long as they demonstrate leadership and keep the round running smoothly. Don't let the room get stuck, and help ensure everyone gets a chance to speak. Outstanding POs can receive first in the round.
Have fun! Relax!
The best intros represent your own voice/perspective, provide a little background to prepare us for what we are about to watch and set up the proper mood/tone for the selection.
Looking for well-developed characters, complete with consistent voice, stance/posture/placement, mannerisms and facial expressions.
Multiple characters should be distinct, and transitions between characters should be polished and smooth.
Creative blocking/movement/use of folder is definitely a bonus! But be sure the movement has purpose and does not detract from the performance.
Please don't forget to have fun with your performance and don't be afraid to let your personality shine through the selection. That will always help bring the story to life.