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UIL Speech Judges

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Jenna Ledford

Current high school:

Currently coaching?: no

Conference: Not Coaching

Number of years coached: N/A

Number of tournaments judged: 0

High school attended:

Graduated high school: 2003

Participated in high school: yes

Participated in college: no

Judging qualifications:
I have a B.A. in English from the University of North Texas and am currently working on my M.A. in Communication Studies at the University of North Texas. I completed an undergraduate thesis, which analyzed the media response to a particularly controversial fashion trend in the nineties. These experiences have given me a solid background in critical analysis and interpretation, and my experience in graduate school serves to reinforce, enhance, and proliferate these skills. While I do not have a background in judging debate, I do have a background in rhetoric and am familiar with the rhetorical principles, including the current debate surrounding what does and does not constitute rhetoric, such as the utilization of narrative in rhetorical argument. In addition, I participated in UIL Prose/Poetry Interpretation and One-Act in high school. I am familiar with the UIL system and structure.

Judging Philosophy


Rounds judged:
Judging approach: policy maker
Policy priority: Equal
Evidence philosophy: quality
Paradigm: As the goal of CX debate is the proposal of policy change, the policymaker paradigm provides the best approach, in my opinion, to judging CX debate, but entirely limiting oneself to one mindset limits not only the judges' ability to appreciate different approaches, but the students' chances to utilize and experiment with different approaches. I also feel my lack of experience in judging cross-examination debate allows me more flexibility in the paradigm that I choose to utilize.


Rounds judged:
Approach: Equal
Communication skills and resolution of substantive issues have equal importance in the Lincoln-Douglas debate as effective communication skills lead to the successful resolution of substantive issues. The end results should not be valued over the process itself for the truly successful student debater will possess exemplary communication skills and the ability to successfully resolve an issue with these skills.

Contact Information

cell: 254 722-6822

Availability Information

Meet types:
Invitational District Regional CX State State Meet

Qualified for:


Region of residence:
Area 2 Dallas/Fort Worth

I will travel to: 2 5 6