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UIL Speech Judges

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Ashton Mouton

Current high school:

Currently coaching?: no

Conference: Not Coaching

Number of years coached: 0

Number of tournaments judged: 11 or more

High school attended:

Graduated high school: 2005

Participated in high school: yes

Participated in college: no

Judging qualifications:
I competed in all three of these events when I was in high school, and I have been judging all of these events for the last 6-7 years.

Judging Philosophy


Rounds judged: 40-50
Judging approach: tabula rosa
Policy priority: Equal
Evidence philosophy: quality
Paradigm: I like to see a fair number of arguments on each side of the debate, but spreading will not be tolerated. Do not forsake clarity for quantity. I am a clean slate judge, and I will judge each round according to what happens in the debate. What is most heavily debated by the debaters will find the most weight on my ballot. I like to see arguments based on the stock issues, as harms, advantages, disadvantages, and solvency are all very important to passing new policy. Topicality is also important in each round, but should be argued on the negative side strategically, as untopical cases should limit ground and education. Topicality should not be used as a time-suck argument. There are two steadfast rules that I will always follow: (1) The negative side has the burden of clash, and in the event that the negative fails to provide clash to the affirmative case, I will default affirmative; and (2) The affirmative side has the burden of proof, and in the even that the affirmative drops an argument, I will default negative, as long as the negative side draws attention to dropped arguments in their speeches.


Rounds judged: 40-50
Approach: Equal
Spreading will not be tolerated. I like to see a fair number of arguments at both the value/criterion level as well as the contention level, though I do not have a preference if the majority of the debate is spent on one level or the other. In the event that one debater upholds both values/criteria better, that debater will usually get my ballot.

Contact Information

cell: 832 4586701

Availability Information

Meet types:
Regional CX State State Meet

Qualified for:


Region of residence:

I will travel to: 3