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Binghamton Speech & Debate

Proposition: Bridget Kernan (Wood River High School) vs. Opposition: Shaquan Nelson (North Star Academy)

Judge: Emme Davis (Waterman Elementary School)

Resolution: RESOLVED: The United Nations should adopt a resolution decrying or demanding an end to the annual dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan.

  • Bridget  Kernan
    Bridget Kernan

    Shaquan Nelson
    Shaquan Nelson
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    Posted at April 28, 2014 09:01:14PM EST by Bridget Kernan



    "Are Dolphins People, Too?" The Week. N.p., 5 Jan. 2010. Web. 14 Apr. 2014. <>.

    "DOLPHINS ARE NOT FOOD." Blue Voice. Harvard School of Medical Health, n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2014. <>.

    Posted at April 30, 2014 02:18:57AM EST by Shaquan Nelson



    I'm sorry about the way that the video cropped. I'll fix that by the next speech!

    Posted at May 1, 2014 12:10:59AM EST by Bridget Kernan



    Sorry for the speed, I had a lot to get in. :)

    Posted at May 2, 2014 01:31:32AM EST by Shaquan Nelson



    Citations (In order of appearance):
    -Wakatsuki Card
    -UN's obligations

    Posted at May 2, 2014 03:56:18PM EST by Bridget Kernan



    Thanks for this debate!


    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at May 5, 2014 12:49:50AM EST by Emme Davis

    Category Bridget Kernan Shaquan Nelson
    Use of evidence: 4 1.5
    Delivery skill: 2.9 1.9
    Coherence of arguments: 4 2.7
    Responsiveness to opponent: 4 2.6
    Identification of key points: 4.4 2.5
    Comments: I don't think you need to go as fast during the final speech.

    Don't call out your opponent for going over time. Let the judge worry about that.

    Also, let go of the citation argument - you made it once and that is enough.

    Do more to summarize in the final speech.
    You really should provide the citations to provide for a better debate. Especially if you want to extend specific pieces of evidence

    What is the high pitching chirping in the background during your speech?

    Try to do more on point refutation.

    The decision is for the Proposition: Bridget Kernan

    Reason for Decision:

    The proposition better sets up the terms of the debate and many of what the opposition is saying relies on very brief extensions of arguments and not fully formed round winning arguments.

    The proposition also does a much better job extending specific pieces of evidence.

    At the end of the day the proposition wins that lives come first and the opposition simply seems to be relying on the fact that humans come first. The proposition is right that is is a false choice.

    1 Comment

    Thank you for your time judge. And thanks for the feedback!
    Good luck in your other rounds Shaquan! Good job! - Bridget Kernan on May 5, 2014 at 12:56AM EST

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