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UIL Speech Judges

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Miguel Cruz

Current high school:

Currently coaching?: No


Number of years coached:

Number of tournaments judged: 0

High school attended:
United South High School

Graduated high school: 2011

Participated in high school: No

Participated in college: No

Judging qualifications:
I participated in LD Debate my Sophomore year all the way through my Senior year in high school, and I am knowledgeable in the process and structure of debate, as well as the current resolution. I believe that my current occupation as an investigator for the State of Texas allows for me to deliver valuable constructive criticism to the current debaters.

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: I feel like the quality of the debaters' evidence can serve to be more valuable than the quantity, given that a more structured plan is more effective than having a larger plan.


Rounds judged: 0
Approach: Resolution of substantive issues is more important than communication skills
Since LD Debate is value debate, substantive issues should be held higher in importance than communication skills. That being said, there are better speakers in debate who might have a weaker case, this is where speaker points come into play.

Contact Information

cell: 512 8176063
office: 512 9234173

Availability Information

Meet types:
Invitational District Regional State Meet

Qualified for:


Region of residence:

I will travel to: 1 4