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UIL Speech Judges

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Roslyn Houghton

Current high school:

Currently coaching?: No

Conference: none

Number of years coached: 32

Number of tournaments judged: 17

High school attended:
Kerrville Tivy High School

Graduated high school: 1976

Participated in high school: Yes

Participated in college: Yes

Judging qualifications:
I have a degree in Speech Communication for UT Austin, and I coached all speaking events for 32 years.

Judging Philosophy


Rounds judged: 20
Judging approach: Policy Maker
Policy priority: Resolution of substantive issues is more important than communication skills
Evidence philosophy: Quantity of evidence and quality of evidence are of equal importance
Paradigm: I am first and foremost a policy maker. I will weigh the possible advantages against the possible risks involved in adopting the affirmative plan. That said, I expect offense on both sides. I will believe what you tell me until it is successfully refuted by your opposition. I HATE HAVING TO INTERVENE. That means two very important things to you: 1. You must tell me where to apply your arguments. If I am not told where to flow an argument, I might not put it where you want me to. Consequently, you could think that you answered an argument that I don’t think you answered. 2. You must tell me what the voters are. Just because you made an argument, doesn’t make me vote on it. Consequently, I will not vote on a drop unless you tell me to. Finally, I won’t vote on procedural arguments unless they are real and you tell me to.


Rounds judged: 20
Approach: Communication skills and resolution of substantive issues are of equal importance
In LD debate, I believe that the framework debate is paramount. The value/criterion relationship forms the basis of every argument. The contentions should be used to demonstrate a real-world example of the framework in action. Therefore, the contention debate is not enough to win alone; it must demonstrate that you also win the value/criterion discussion. I do NOT intervene, so I will not make the leap to that conclusion on my own. You must give me clear reasons to vote and explain why those reasons are preferable to your opponent’s. I do NOT believe that plans, counterplans, and other policy issues have a place in LD debate.

Contact Information

cell: 830 2853045

Availability Information

Meet types:
State Meet

Qualified for:


Region of residence:

I will travel to: 1 4