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UIL Speech Judges

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Jacob Harpel

Current high school:

Currently coaching?: No


Number of years coached:

Number of tournaments judged: 1

High school attended:
Coppell High School

Graduated high school: 2010

Participated in high school: Yes

Participated in college: No

Judging qualifications:
I've competed in UIL and NFL Speech for 2 years. I made it to semi-finales of the TSA state competition in the category of Humorous Interpretation. Since my graduation in 2010, I have consistently judges NFL and a few UIL District tournaments in the categories of H.I. D.I. Duet Duo Poetry, Prose, O.O and Policy Debate.

Judging Philosophy


Rounds judged:
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: Quality of ideas and suggestions are important to me in Policy Debates. I also look at the ability to effectively communicate the issues and resolutions. The presenter must be organized and clear when discussing the topics and information.


Rounds judged:
Approach: Communication skills and resolution of substantive issues are of equal importance
I can't say that I have experience in judging LD debate. If assigned to LD, I would judge the criteria just like a Policy Debate or Original Oratory.

Contact Information

cell: 214 6400735

Availability Information

Meet types:
Invitational District

Qualified for:


Region of residence:

I will travel to: 2