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UIL Speech Judges

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Niva Lind

Current high school:
graduated Alamo Heights Highschool 1999

Currently coaching?: no

Conference: Not Coaching

Number of years coached:

Number of tournaments judged: 0

High school attended:
Alamo Heights High School

Graduated high school: 2000 or before

Participated in high school: yes

Participated in college: no

Judging qualifications:
I competed in Speech events (coached by Ira Evans) at AHHS in '99 and was on the Varsity Speech team at both AHHS and Shaker Heights High School (I went to Shaker for my freshman through junior years of high school). I have judged numerous speech and debate tournaments (while attending college), including but not limited to, UT's High school Tournament (twice), another local tournament in Austin, Shaker Heights High School's tournament in Cleveland, Ohio (4 times). I have judged all the Speech events. I competed in the following events while in high school: Prose, Humorous Interpretation (state qualifier in Ohio), Dramatic Interpretation, Extemporaneous Speaking. I am also an attorney and can judge Lincoln Douglas debate.

Judging Philosophy


Rounds judged: 0
Judging approach:
Policy priority:
Evidence philosophy:


Rounds judged: 0
Approach: Equal
I believe that the way to win any LD debate is simple. I need to hear clear sound reasoning and arguments delivered in a comprehensible manner. I believe that the strength of the arguments presented are only strengthened by the effectiveness of communicating those arguments. If the communication skills hinder my ability to be able to comprehend the arguments presented, that will reduce a debater’s score. If the communication skills are excellent but the argument is weak however, the score will be reduced much more. Excellent delivery is expected, poor delivery however will not reduce the score as much as poor arguments.

Contact Information

cell: 202 460-7698

Availability Information

Meet types:
Invitational District Regional State Meet

Qualified for:


Region of residence:

I will travel to: 1