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UIL Speech Judges

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Sarah Jacks

Current high school:
Huffman Hargrave

Currently coaching?: No


Number of years coached:

Number of tournaments judged: 4

High school attended:
Hargrave High School

Graduated high school: 2015

Participated in high school: Yes

Participated in college: Yes

Judging qualifications:
I did both LD and CX debate throughout high school, as well as Extemp and Prose. I had a heavier focus on LD debate, prose, and persuasive speaking, but competed in CX and informative speaking as well. I continued to judge regularly after graduating high school.

Judging Philosophy


Rounds judged: 8
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: I will listen to anything as long as it is feasible, morally agreeable, and topical. The round belongs to the participants and it is up to them to make me see the importance of their arguments. I rarely vote on topicality; I am more likely to vote on kritiks or counterplans. I rely heavily on my flow when deciding a round. Drops usually constitute a loss of the round; the only exception is if a team makes a few drops but their arguments exceed that of their opponents'.


Rounds judged: 16
Approach: Communication skills and resolution of substantive issues are of equal importance
LD rounds usually come down to my flow and the amount of drops made by each participant. Usually more drops on one side constitutes a loss of the round, but this will be excepted if the arguments made exceed that of the opponent's. I prefer a good value/criterion clash to be carried throughout the round. I also prefer each side to fulfill their burdens (aff: burden of proof, neg: burden of clash) and failure to do so will usually result in loss of the round.

Contact Information

cell: 832 4459324

Availability Information

Meet types:
Invitational District Regional CX State State Meet

Qualified for:


Region of residence:

I will travel to: 1 2 3 4 5 6 8