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UIL Speech Judges

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Adam Ben Farris

Current high school:

Currently coaching?: No


Number of years coached: 0

Number of tournaments judged: 0

High school attended:
Sam Barlow Highschool

Graduated high school: 2002

Participated in high school: Yes

Participated in college: Yes

Judging qualifications:
As a competitive speech and debate student in high school & college I have experience similar to many of the competitors, as a professional I have used my speaking skills in real world occasions and understand their value. I've had 4 or 5 tournaments I have served on as a paid judge and have had the opportunity of helping host nationals in high school as well as hosting smaller tournaments in college.

Judging Philosophy


Rounds judged: 0
Judging approach: Stock Issues
Policy priority: Communication skills and resolution of substantive issues are of equal importance
Evidence philosophy: Quality of evidence is more important than quantity of evidence
Paradigm: In CX I have noticed some students rely on spreading their opponents with quantity of quickly read off thoughts of other individuals. I feel they are just trying to hide their own weakness in a speed reading contest. Either they lack the ability to be brief and summerize thoughts or they don't know whats important so they read it all and hope something sticks. This trend identifies an inherit lack of interest in the thought experiment aspects of the debate round and should not be encouraged.


Rounds judged: 0
Approach: Communication skills and resolution of substantive issues are of equal importance
LD can get wordy and vapid, I loved LD as a competitor but in hindsight I often found it difficult to explain why what I was saying was important, this was a personal weakness as a competitor and many students also have this problem, they often compensate by trying to sound even smarter and dismissing opponents arguments like they are beneath their notice.

Contact Information

cell: 325 2809376

Availability Information

Meet types:
Invitational District Regional CX State State Meet

Qualified for:


Region of residence:

I will travel to: 1