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Binghamton Speech & Debate

Proposition: Kirk Wu (San Marino High School) vs. Opposition: Nathan Stouffer (Wood River High School)

Judge: CV Vitolo-Haddad (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Resolution: THBT: An overriding ethical obligation to protect and preserve extraterrestrial microbial life and ecosystems should be incorporated into international law.

  • Kirk Wu
    Kirk Wu

    Nathan Stouffer
    Nathan Stouffer
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    Posted at April 11, 2016 11:39:54PM EST by Kirk Wu



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    Posted at April 12, 2016 11:38:56PM EST by Nathan Stouffer



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    Posted at April 13, 2016 03:25:00AM EST by Kirk Wu



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    Posted at April 15, 2016 08:46:16AM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz



    None available for this speech.

    Posted at April 16, 2016 01:50:15AM EST by Kirk Wu



    None available for this speech.


    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at April 16, 2016 09:25:53PM EST by CV Vitolo-Haddad

    Category Kirk Wu Nathan Stouffer
    Use of evidence: 6 5.4
    Delivery skill: 4.4 4
    Coherence of arguments: 5.5 5.5
    Responsiveness to opponent: 5.4 5.7
    Identification of key points: 5.6 5.6
    Comments: Great use of evidence and delivery! Great use of evidence and delivery!

    The decision is for the Proposition: Kirk Wu

    Reason for Decision:

    Try or die for the aff- the opposition is too defensive. Even if the aff does not solve anything, it doesn't do any harm to try international law.

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