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UIL Speech Judges

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Margaret Eubanks

Current high school:
Ross S. Sterling HS

Currently coaching?: yes

Conference: 5A

Number of years coached: 2

Number of tournaments judged: 1-3

High school attended:
Carbondale Community High School, Carbondale, IL

Graduated high school: 2000 or before

Participated in high school: yes

Participated in college: no

Judging qualifications:
I am in my 3rd year of creating a Speech & Debate program at the high school I now teach at. I believe that Speech and Debate are, as they ever should remain, public speaking events. In my first year as speech coach our team had students break to finals in extemp at District and this year, with just three tournaments under our belt (ever) we had a CX team make State alternate in our 5A District. I believe that every time I judge I become not only a better judge, but a better coach, so I see judging not just as a duty but as a great teaching tool for myself. Personally, I am a champion Speaker, Interper and Extemper from various competition levels in my life. (I did not compete in UIL as I came through high school in Illinois.) I did not compete in college as my scholarships were tied to my work in the Honors Program. I did not leave public speaking, though. Along with dozens of real-world speaking engagements presenting research at Regional, State and National conferences I received the Outstanding Student in Speech Annual Award from Lee College. I have been asked back many times by various community organizations, to be keynote speaker at local and regional events. I have judged for our other local high school, and since moving up to the HS myself and beginning our program this year, I have tried to get in rounds where I could. (I have ended up working a lot of tab this year for some reason.) I have judged rounds in LD, CX IE and PE. I have not judged interp since moving to Texas, but I am meticulous in preparing to judge events and do significant research on judging paradigms, rules, ballot varieties and current trends in voting. I am a seasoned actor and director in our local community theater and am on the Board of Directors so I haven't completely lost touch with the world of Interp! You won't have to worry about me being unprepared. I pride myself on being impartial yet demanding, and I expect both good technique and good character. Though they may not always agree with my decision, students are never left wanting for guidance and support on ballots I write. When I'm not with my own teams I'd love to be of service.

Judging Philosophy


Rounds judged: 5
Judging approach: stock issues
Policy priority: Equal
Evidence philosophy: quality
Paradigm: I judge mainly on stock issues, though I do have a line that can be crossed that pushes me into policy maker. There does have to be some basis of logic, even if it is far down the flow. I cannot judge debate completely in a vacuum therefore the absolutely rude or crude "say-anything-to-win-at-all-costs" antics of a debater may turn the ballot against them even if the issues did flow to their side. (It would have to be extremely out of line, but I have seen it happen before.) I am not fond of kritiks as a means of achieving a win. I have yet to see high school student whose basis in philosophical argumentation is sufficient to pull one off.


Rounds judged: 0
Approach: Equal
If I were to prioritize the elements I place significance on when judging LD debate, I would have to begin with sound logical argumentation and reasoning as the key deciding factor in rounds. When the debate is based in solid logic I then turn to Value Analysis and Organization. Good clash and solid defense of a position are what make the debate an enjoyable sport to watch, but yet again, I always return to the progression of logic as my deciding factor. Communication skills are necessary to compete at the highest levels in debate so attention is always paid to that, however a well rounded argument that proceeds logically from value through criterion and contentions will normally fulfill all other judging criteria. Also I have to say that in being from the Land of Lincoln I always enjoy a good LD debate!

Contact Information

cell: 281 229-2231
office: 281 420-4500

Availability Information

Meet types:
Invitational District Regional CX State

Qualified for:


Region of residence:
Area 3 Houston/Beaumont

I will travel to: 3 5