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UIL Speech Judges

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Abiel Cantu

Current high school:

Currently coaching?: no

Conference: Not Coaching

Number of years coached:

Number of tournaments judged: 0

High school attended:
Roma High School

Graduated high school: 2011

Participated in high school: yes

Participated in college: no

Judging qualifications:
My first competitive speech and debate event was extemporaneous speaking, which I continued to participate in numerous invitationals both UIL and TFA. All the while I participated in Lincoln-Douglas debate from freshmen year all the way through my junior year in high school. I also attended the UTNIF debate camp for Lincoln-Douglas. I participated in Cross-Examination debate (CX) my senior year where I had my most fruitful season qualifying for TFA State and taking top two in many local tournaments.

Judging Philosophy


Rounds judged:
Judging approach: tabula rosa
Policy priority: Issues
Evidence philosophy: equal
Paradigm: I like clever T's however that doesn't mean I'll vote on it automatically if you manage to do something fancy or of sorts. I am ok with multiple T shells but keep in mind I consider T a timewhore so please don't make me penalize you. DA's are ok, as long as the link is buyable and the impact is stressed enough. (Same applies for PTX DA's although I hold real-world impacts on a higher pedestal) CP: are ok too Theory: I really like a good theory debate. Although I like my theory portions of the round to be slower that way I can evaluate effectively. K: I am ok with K's but I prefer the team presenting the argument to be very clear on my role. I also hold the quality of the evidence in the K to a higher standard with that said don't be surprised if I ask for evidence. (bad evidence will be punished) A good affirmative team should be able to handle any K with poise and never lose perceptual dominance, or compensate communication with speed. (If I don't catch the argument don't expect me to vote on it) Also a good Aff team should be able to engage the K at it's own level and never rely to much on framework (although it is crucial) and no link or turns.


Rounds judged:
Approach: Issues
Framework is very crucial in deciding how I vote, unless I'm convinced otherwise. Be warned, however, ignoring contention level arguments, spikes, or good on-case theory will not guarantee a win even if framework is solid. In progressive debates I hold Framework to be of greater importance especially towards the end of the debate when crystallization and off-case arguments (T,K,CP,DA or ect) are narrowed down and used to persuade me how to vote. If a debater is able to use framework to turn or prove an off-case argument null, they shall be rewarded handsomely (Same applies to debaters who quote StarWars, and How I met Your Mother) I really enjoy progressive L-D but keep in mind I have an affirmative bias once off-case arguments are introduced. In the event the affirmative is one to bring up an off-case argument or their 1AC is not traditional my bias will be reduced.

Contact Information

cell: 956 8444695

Availability Information

Meet types:
Invitational District

Qualified for:


Region of residence:
Area 4 Rio Grande Valley

I will travel to: 4