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Binghamton Speech & Debate

Proposition: Sohum Shah (Unaffiliated) vs. Opposition: Ruby Brighten (Sally K. Ride Elementary School)

Judge: Frank Irizarry (Suffolk University)

Resolution: Finals Week: Kids should get to set their own bedtimes.

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    Sohum Shah

    Ruby Brighten
    Ruby Brighten
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    Posted at May 19, 2020 01:46:32AM EST by Sohum Shah



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    Posted at May 19, 2020 10:13:56PM EST by Ruby Brighten


    Show, Poisoned Halloween Candy, 11/2/2000,

    Joel Best, Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, at University of Delaware, on Adam Ruins Everything, The Myth of Poison Halloween Candy,

    Samira Kawash, a professor emerita at Rutgers University, founder of and the author of Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure, Octoner 31, 2013, Time magazine, Controlling Your Kids’ Candy Stash Is Bad Parenting

    Posted at May 21, 2020 01:20:35AM EST by Sohum Shah



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    Posted at May 21, 2020 11:49:28PM EST by Ruby Brighten




    Matthew Zuras, Vice, 10/27/2016, The Poisoned Candy Expert Is Pretty Sure No One's Trying to Kill Your Kids on Halloween

    Posted at May 23, 2020 01:02:32AM EST by Sohum Shah



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    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at May 24, 2020 12:39:24AM EST by Frank Irizarry

    Category Sohum Shah Ruby Brighten
    Use of evidence: 5 5
    Delivery skill: 6 6
    Coherence of arguments: 5.5 5.6
    Responsiveness to opponent: 5.5 5.6
    Identification of key points: 5.6 5.6
    Comments: Greetings Sohum!

    Great job in this debate. I was really impressed by your introductions to your speeches and your delivery was perfect. From a pure delivery perspective you were absolutely one of the best debaters I've seen through two weeks and I think you have a very bright future in debate if you stick with it.
    Greetings Ruby!

    You did an absolutely fantastic job in this debate! I was so impressed by your delivery and how you isolate the key arguments in the round and differentiate from your opponent. I think the Opposition side was a difficult side for this debate but the arguments that you make on forced sharing and that kids don't need to share their candy for the parents to do the things the Proposition side discusses are very mature and nuanced arguments. I was a college debate coach for 16 years and I've been involved in debate for 34 years and I can tell you that you debate at a level far beyond your age. You can be an incredible debater in high school or college if you want to do it and you stick with it.

    The decision is for the Opposition: Ruby Brighten

    Reason for Decision:

    This was an EXCELLENT debate! You can probably tell by the scores I gave that this was an extremely close debate. Ultimately, there is one argument that I think the Opposition is ahead of and that is kids don't need to share candy for parents to inspect the candy or to regulate how much candy the children eat. I think the Opposition wisely carves out that very specific and nuanced area and while I think the Proposition side makes persuasive arguments about safety, making the parents happy and health issues, the actual sharing of the candy is not essential to that and that is why I think the Opposition is just a little bit ahead in this debate.

    The opposition basically says "I can solve your harms without actually forcing kids to share their candy" and that is probably the best route to take in this debate.

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