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Akridge, Vaughn

I'm pretty new to the judging scene in the debate community since I graduated from high school two years ago. Well, new in the sense that I'm still learning a lot in the decision-making process of being a judge, aside from that let me tell you a bit about myself. I am former high school debater from Newark, New Jersey (born and raised) for East Side High School. I've done C/X debate for three years and switched to Lincoln-Douglas during my senior year of high school. I am also a member of the Rutgers-Newark collegiate debate team, so for the most part I'm pretty flexible when it comes to judging for different events. Now my preferences are not complex and they are very easy to meet. I like debates that engage in a lot of clash in terms of argument interaction, and when it comes down to Cross Examination/Crossfire that's where I feel as you (the debater) will really shine or become dim. The way in which c/x goes in the round will allow me to think ahead as to how the round will turn out based on the question and answer session that is c/x itself. Confidence is also another thing I admire whenever I see someone debating because it shows to the judge that you know what you're doing, if not you can just always ACT like you know and it'll be fine with me. I like arguments that are clear, concise, and are able to applied in real-world situations. Topical or not, if you can show me how your argument will fundamentally better the space around you then you're most likely going to win the round. I absolutely despise theory!!! It is nothing more than a timeskew argument saying that if you can't meet these arbitrary standards based on nothing but jargon and don't respond properly to it, you lose. It is nothing more than a debater (as well as a judge's) easy way out of truly evaluating the round based on the ideas exchanged throughout the round. So please do yourself a favor and don't run it in front of my face. Another thing I don't like is when people in the round come off as rude or arrogant because that's just a turn off for the judge so please, carry yourself well and you'll earn my respect as another human being listening to your story. Aside from that, I just want everyone to have fun with the round and really enjoy themselves. Granted it is a competitive activity in of itself, just enjoy yourself.