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UIL Speech Judges

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Kelsey Franks

Current high school:

Currently coaching?: no

Conference: Not Coaching

Number of years coached: 0

Number of tournaments judged: 0

High school attended:
Academy High School- Kingsville, TX

Graduated high school: 2006

Participated in high school: yes

Participated in college: no

Judging qualifications:
Cross-Examination Debate: 2006 UIL District Champion 2006 State Qualifier 2006 State Competition- 3rd Place 2006 State Competition Golden Gavel Recipient 2005 and 2006 Texas Forensics Association State Qualifier Extemporaneous Speaking: 2005 State Competition- 6th Place 2006 State Competition- 2nd Place 2005 and 2006 Texas Forensics Association State Qualifier I occasionally judged Austin-area Texas Forensics Association tournaments during college. (I have not actively judged since 2008, but I have stayed in tune with the speech and debate world by assisting students of my alumni high school with preparation/practice.)

Judging Philosophy


Rounds judged:
Judging approach: tabula rosa
Policy priority: Equal
Evidence philosophy: equal
Paradigm: I enter the round with an open mind and leave it to either team to fully convince me of their stance. I will not "do the work" for either team- an argument must be clearly made and communicated both with quality evidence and a solid interpretation. I do not like to just be read evidence, but instead value the debater's interpretation of said evidence. I value a good communicator- someone who speaks clearly and eloquently, and presents their point in an organized and strong manner. I am generally not a fan of of a lengthy topicality debate, kritiks or counter-plans, but will listen with an open mind.


Rounds judged:

Contact Information

cell: 361 522-3005

Availability Information

Meet types:
Invitational District Regional CX State State Meet

Qualified for:


Region of residence:
Area 1 Austin/San Antonio

I will travel to: 1