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UIL Speech Judges

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Debbie Engler

Current high school:

Currently coaching?: No

Conference: 3A

Number of years coached: 11

Number of tournaments judged: 10

High school attended:
Pomeroy High School

Graduated high school: 1968

Participated in high school: Yes

Participated in college: No

Judging qualifications:
I coached extemporaneous speaking and CX and Lincoln Douglas Debate at Llano High School for around a dozen year, plus taught the UIL Speech class. I have had students i have coached be alternates to State, Regional qualifiers, and I was honored by UIL with the Sponsor Award. Attending SuperConference and Capitol Conference yearly at the University of Texas helped me become a better coach and ultimately a better judge. Taking students to a plethora of tournaments and judging at these meets have helped me be a stronger judge.

Judging Philosophy


Rounds judged: 0
Judging approach: Policy Maker
Policy priority: Resolution of substantive issues is more important than communication skills
Evidence philosophy: Quantity of evidence is more important than quality of evidence


Rounds judged: 12
Approach: Resolution of substantive issues is more important than communication skills
Lincoln Douglas Debate is philosophical based. Debaters should respond to each other's cases, proving their value and criterion is more viable. Ideas presented by their opponent must be refuted, and their case must be proved superior. Speed should not be a goal. Logos is important. In order for a case to win, the judge needs to hear every word so she can flow the main ideas.

Contact Information

cell: 512 7551450

Availability Information

Meet types:
Invitational District Regional State Meet

Qualified for:


Region of residence:

I will travel to: 1 4 5 8