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UIL Speech Judges

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John Cantu

Current high school:

Currently coaching?: No


Number of years coached:

Number of tournaments judged: 0

High school attended:
San Isidro High School

Graduated high school: 2009

Participated in high school: Yes

Participated in college: Yes

Judging qualifications:
High school developed my communication and speaking skills at a base level allowing me to compete in UIL Prose and Poetry, extemporaneous speaking, and Cx Debate. With each, I did fairly well but not as well as i wish i had. I was 2nd place state Champion in Social studies UIL, First place Calculator Applications team, and competed at state level for CX debate. AFTER COLLEGE, I studied speech and performance. Studying diction and theater performance, i was introduced to a new form of speech and was anle to better understand debate and speaking. Taking several communication courses and public speaking courses, i then was able to link the two forms of speech. Graduating in December from Yexas State with a BA in English and a BA in Philosophy, I was able to further the style of arguments by fully understanding the way arguments are formed and used as a way to seek further knowledge or gain public support.

Judging Philosophy


Rounds judged: 0
Judging approach: Tabula Rasa
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: While I do claim to be a Tab judge, I could see myself falling under the title of stock issues judge. Looking at a debate, i seek for students to defend their argument with a solid basis as they hold their ground. Going into a debate, I judge both sjudge both sides expecting the same from the two: a good debate. The team that best sjowcases their knowledge of the topic whether A or D should be the team to stand at the end.


Rounds judged: 0
Approach: Resolution of substantive issues is more important than communication skills
I believe an argument should be clear and precise. The argument should be evident and protected from the beginning. As the debate develops, i expect competitors to not continue the same argument but develop their argument through careful analysis or theory. On theory and analysis, while I am fairly open to theory, it should be well thought out and defended. I will not attend to theories thrown in for the sake of argumenT without some sort of defense that could make sense.

Contact Information


Availability Information

Meet types:
Invitational District Regional CX State State Meet

Qualified for:


Region of residence:

I will travel to: 1 4