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Binghamton Speech & Debate

Proposition: Nick Julian (Newport High School) vs. Opposition: Christian Chessman (University of Florida)

Judge: Dan Weiser (Woodstock Day School)

Resolution: RESOLVED: The United States Federal Government should ban all testing that requires the use of animals.

  • Nick Julian
    Nick Julian

    Christian Chessman
    Christian Chessman
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    Posted at N/A by Nick Julian



    1) Russell & Birch, 1959 (The Principles of Humane Experimental Technique, Chap. 4, retrieved from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health,, April 16, 2013)

    2) Vicki Robinson, Dec 2005 (School Science Review, Dec 2005 87(319) "Speaking of Research"

    3) CW Stratton, Nov 2006 (Medical Clinics of North America Journal, Nov 2006, retrieved from, April 2013)

    4) Helen Marston, June 2011 (New Internationalist magazine, June 2011)

    5) Hartung & Hoffman, March 2009 ("Food for Thought... on In Silico Methods in Toxicology", ALTEX Conference Proceedings, March 2009)

    6) Pippin & Sullivan, April 2013 (, retrieved April 17, 2013)

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    1) US National Library of Medicine, British Journal of Pharmacology, Sept 2007. Retrieved May 5, 2013.


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    Submitted at N/A by Dan Weiser

    Category Nick Julian Christian Chessman
    Use of evidence: 5 5
    Delivery skill: 5.5 5.5
    Coherence of arguments: 5 5.5
    Responsiveness to opponent: 4.5 5.5
    Identification of key points: 4.5 5.5
    Comments: This was a really good debate! I think that you present yourself really well, speak really clear, and provide very competitive arguments. I thought the PIC was pretty damning initially, but your rebuttal was really impressive and i thought it would win you the debate. Unfortunately, in the end I felt that your last speech did not hold up to the same quality as the first two. You basically dropped the responses to the PIC and provided me with kind of an err on the prop side kind of argument with the "why not" theme. With PICS - you really need to spend the whole time talking about what makes the plan different from the PIC and why your plan is better, and that just didnt come through. You did an amazing job tho, i am very impressed, and wish you the best of luck!! I think you did a really amazing job in this debate! After your constructive speech i was not sure how the prop was going to be able to come back and respond to the PIC. After he did a really good job responding and even generating some offense, you provided another stellar speech responding to every point, providing clear analysis with really strong arguments. Really nice debate. My only feedback would be that you speak really fast and move through a lot of arguments quickly. At times you did a nice job slowing down and focusing in on main points, but there are other times where your opponent had some really good points and you blow through them with one or two fast responses. I know you have a lot to say - but be careful not to overlook good arguments. Overall, you had a lot of really good arguments and made it an enjoyable debate. Best of luck!

    The decision is for the Opposition: Christian Chessman

    Reason for Decision:

    Ultimately i voted on the PIC. All of the speeches were REALLY good and very responsive to one another. During each speech i was convinced i was going to vote for whoever was speaking because you both made really good points. However - during the final closing speech i think the opposition had a lot of offense, and there was just not the same level of responsiveness from the prop. If were going with the why not theme, then why not just leave the door open for some animal testing if they understand what is going on and can consent to it? The opp generates a lot of offense from that point and i just dont have any real net benefit coming through as to what harm there would be leaving that possibility open. Nice job!!!


    Hello Mr. Julian,

    It was a pleasure to debate Nick. His 2AC was the only speech I've debated this entire tournament that I had to stop and really think about answering. Nick is well-spoken with creative arguments, and did a very good job in this debate.

    Nick, it was a pleasure debating you. I've debated for the last 8 years, and am still in love with it. If you ever have any questions about debate please feel free to ask.

    Christian - Christian Chessman on May 7, 2013 at 04:14AM EST

    As Nick's coach and his father, I just wanted to thank you for really pushing him. He does Congressional Debate (which is a collaborative, deliberation style of debate). In his 4 years in HS he's never done adversarial styles of debate like this. I told him that he got a great taste of what Collegiate debate will look like when he starts doing Parli or LD next year for Northern Arizona Univ. Thank you again for a great round. It was a wonderful coaching opportunity for him and I.

    And Dan.... thank you for the wonderful feedback. Nick and I discussed his response last night after he filed it - and we'd come to very much the same conclusion, so your decision is not a surprise. But given this was only his 6th round of head-to-head debate, he really felt good about his performance. And I'm pleased to say he's really excited about debating in college... something he was nervous about before this tournament.

    Thank you both again. Congrats on the victory Mr. Chessman. Well done, sir. - Nick Julian on May 6, 2013 at 04:23PM EST

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