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UIL Speech Judges

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Michael Donaldson

Current high school:
Waco Connally

Currently coaching?: No


Number of years coached:

Number of tournaments judged: 7

High school attended:
Waco: Connally HS

Graduated high school: 2013

Participated in high school: Yes

Participated in college: No

Judging qualifications:
I competed in CX, Interp, and Extemp all throughout high school advancing to state in all of them. I competed at the state level all 4 years in extemp and qualified for Nationals in both Extemp and CX.

Judging Philosophy


Rounds judged: 10
Judging approach: Policy Maker
Policy priority: Communication skills and resolution of substantive issues are of equal importance
Evidence philosophy: Quantity of evidence and quality of evidence are of equal importance
Paradigm: I am a firm policy maker judge who will vote on any argument given in the round. My standard as a judge is that each debater needs to provide accurate synthesis/analysis of the information that they provide in the round so that they can effectively communicate. Just because the author of a card knows what they are talking about does not mean that the speaker presenting the information does, and I feel that synthesis is of great importance in persuading a judge. Please provide clear and realistic impacts in the round and be sure to connect the dots for me as a judge. Use your time in the round to prove why your side of the debate is the "right" one by comparing and contrasting throughout. Impact calculuses are huge pluses! As a policy maker, all the negative team has to do to win my ballot is prove that the affirmative team's plan is either ineffective or not needed. This can be achieved through on-case just as easily as off case. Don't think that it's an easy win for neg, though, because the affirmative team can just as easily win if they prove the absolute pertinence of their plan. Please be clear and understandable in terms of delivery. Do not be rude. I won't tolerate it.


Rounds judged: 5
Approach: Communication skills and resolution of substantive issues are of equal importance
The negative does not exist on an entirely separate plane than the affirmative. Please make sure that you use your speech as a chance not only to promote your side of the debate, but also prove that yours is preferred by actively comparing and contrasting your case to your opponents. Real world examples and analogies provide excellent significance for this event which is often clouded by overwhelming questions of large subjects.

Contact Information

cell: 254 6405785
office: 254 6405785

Availability Information

Meet types:
Invitational District Regional CX State State Meet

Qualified for:


Region of residence:

I will travel to: 1 5