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Debate tounrament judges needed for state meet March 7-8

Posted: Monday, Jan 20th, 2014




Huron High School is hosting the State Debate Tournament on March 7-8 and the school is looking for volunteers to be community judges for Public Forum Debate.

What is Public Forum Debate?

Public Forum Debate is a type of debate that deals with topics of interest to members of the community and needs to be judged by average community members.

As the host school for this state event, the district needs to provide 60 volunteer community members to be in a judge pool to judge this event.

What does a Public Forum Debate judge do?

There are three judges in every round. Whichever team wins the most ballots from the judges wins the round. There are two time sessions for which judges are needed from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 7, and from 7:45 a.m. until noon Saturday, March 8.

If selected from the judge pool, it is that person’s job to listen to the two sides as they debate.

Then, the judge decides who they think argued better and persuaded the judge to vote for their side. Then the judges must fill out a ballot that briefly explains why the judge decided as they did.

All the materials that are required are to bring paper and pens to take any notes that the judge feels they need to, and a timer. The tournament will provide the rest.

The district will hold two information sessions for those who would like to see a sample Public Forum Debate round, see the ballot that is used, answer any questions, etc.

These information session are not required but can help prospective judges better understand the judging process before the tournament.

These two sessions will be Thursday, Feb. 20, 6-7 p.m. and Tuesday, March 4, 6-7 p.m., both at the Huron High School, Room A-121.

While judging, there will be a judges lounge that will provide food and refreshments, as well as provide a place to hang out and relax when not selected from the pool to judge.

In order to continue to host the State Debate Tournament in Huron, the team needs community members to volunteer and judge.

If interested please contact Gaffer by sending or dropping the form off to Mitch Gaffer at Huron High School; calling and leaving a message at 353-7800 ext. 8827; or emailing the information to at mitchel.gaffer@k12.sd.us.

“Thank you for considering and we hope you can help as we host this important SDHSAA event,” said Gaffer.



For the complete article see the 01-19-2014 issue.

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