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UIL Speech Judges

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Velissa Chapa

Current high school:

Currently coaching?: No


Number of years coached:

Number of tournaments judged: 1

High school attended:
McAllen High School

Graduated high school: 2003

Participated in high school: Yes

Participated in college: No

Judging qualifications:
I completed in both UIL and TFA LD and Extemp (foreign, domestic, informative, and persuasive) for all four years in high school. I have also coached high school students since, on a volunteer basis. Currently, I am an attorney who travels throughout the state to speak at employment law conferences, so I have fresh experience in public speaking.

Judging Philosophy


Rounds judged:
Judging approach: Policy Maker
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: I don't have much experience in CX. I only competed in a few rounds myself, but I can flow and have little trouble with spreading.


Rounds judged: 1
Approach: Resolution of substantive issues is more important than communication skills
I do not like tabula rasa. I prefer a structured round with pragmatic argumentation and a solid philosophical background. I do not mind spreading in LD, and the winner must uphold its value and criterion (rules are rules). I will not do the work for the debaters, they must cross apply and uphold their arguments by themselves; I will not make the assumption for them.

Contact Information


Availability Information

Meet types:
Invitational District Regional State Meet

Qualified for:


Region of residence:

I will travel to: 1