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UIL Speech Judges

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Kristen Karsten

Current high school:

Currently coaching?: No


Number of years coached:

Number of tournaments judged: 0

High school attended:
Alvin High School

Graduated high school: 2012

Participated in high school: Yes

Participated in college: No

Judging qualifications:
I was debate captain and president for several year in high school, and a regional qualifier for several of those years as well. I recall hating having these, as we called them, "bus driver judges" who had little knowledge of debate. I'd like to take my time to give back to the academic competition that gave me so much in my time.

Judging Philosophy


Rounds judged: 0
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: My judging paradigm is that the neg can disprove the policy of the aff, and not necessarily provide a counter policy. My paradigms for the aff is that they can uphold their policy without the use of spreading, or throwing as many cards as possible - a policy that is understandable and realistic will net the win.


Rounds judged: 0
Approach: Communication skills and resolution of substantive issues are of equal importance
My LD judging philosophy is that the aff uphold their value and value criterion, first and foremost, as well as uphold their affirmation of the resolution. They do not need to negate the neg's values entirely to net a win. It is the burden of the neg to simply negate the resolution, which allows for qualifying, as well as tear down the value and value criterion of the aff.

Contact Information

cell: 281 7983301

Availability Information

Meet types:
Invitational District Regional

Qualified for:


Region of residence:

I will travel to: 1 3