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UIL Speech Judges

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Valerie Barboza

Current high school:

Currently coaching?: No


Number of years coached:

Number of tournaments judged: 0

High school attended:
Memorial High School

Graduated high school: 2016

Participated in high school: Yes

Participated in college: No

Judging qualifications:
I have competed in UIL meets have been placed into finals for multiple tournaments. I have done events such as extemp, LD, and congress for the past four years for my high school career. Below are the awards I have won over the years: - Qualified and competed in UIL State Congress in 2013 and 2015 - Placed 2nd in districts for Lincoln Douglas Debate in 2014 - 3rd in districts for persuasive extemporaneous speaking in 2014 - 3rd for UIL District Congress in 2013 and 2015 - Placed 5th in Regionals for UIL Persuasive Extemporaneous Speaking in 2014

Judging Philosophy


Rounds judged: 0
Judging approach: Policy Maker
Policy priority: Communication skills and resolution of substantive issues are of equal importance
Evidence philosophy: Quantity of evidence and quality of evidence are of equal importance
Paradigm: I believe that disadvantages are important in a debate round because DAs can help improve both of the teams knowledge of their case. As a judge, I can notice if a team truly understands their policy when a DA is brought into the debate. In addition, I enjoy theoretical viewpoints, thus making kritiks run by me and allow morals and reasoning to be introduced into the debate.


Rounds judged: 0
Approach: Communication skills and resolution of substantive issues are of equal importance
Value and criteria are both equally important, but I cannot uphold your standards if there is no evidence that can create validity in your arguments. Impacts are extremely valuable and if not done properly, the case can be easily torn apart. This means it will make it easier to vote for the side that has important impacts. In all, a case that can be easily tied and flowed together, have impacts, and can create offense and defense in their case is a case I will uphold.

Contact Information

cell: 210 4619745

Availability Information

Meet types:
Invitational District Regional State Meet

Qualified for:


Region of residence:

I will travel to: 1