Judge Philosophies

Aaron Nichols -- Claremont High School

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Abby O'Grady -- Claremont High School

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Adolfo Rumbos -- Claremont High School

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Adrian Frias -- Cypress College

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Adrianna Gonzalez -- Cypress College

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Alecs Deleon -- Cypress College

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Alex* Villegas -- Cypress College

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Alfonso Vergara -- Cypress College

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Aliza Ortege -- Cypress College

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Aliza* Mekdara -- Cypress College

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Alyssa Rivera -- Cypress College

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Amanda Modesto -- Cypress College

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Amber Horta -- Cypress College

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Amber Allen -- Cypress College

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Amy Haley-Mikaru -- Westview High School

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Ana Gonzalez -- Cypress College

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Analuz* Hernandez -- Cypress College

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Anand Maharaj -- Los Osos High School

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Andres Esquivel -- Cypress College

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Andrew Lopez -- Claremont High School

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Andrew Case -- Cypress College

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Andrew* Joo -- Cypress College

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Angela Shih -- Velasquez - Top Education Institute

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Angelo Orioli -- Los Osos High School

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Angie Montoya -- Cypress College

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Angie Wood -- Pomona Catholic High School

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Ann Tang -- Velasquez - Top Education Institute

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April Cortez -- Cypress College

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Ariana Diaz -- Cypress College

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Ashlie De la Rosa -- Nova 42 Academy


Ashlyn Goodban -- Cypress College

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Aylin Garibay -- Cypress College

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Azka Jeewa -- Cypress College

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Benison Pucan -- Cypress College

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Brad Bangi -- Cypress College

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Breann Zadel -- Cypress College

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Brian DeGuzman -- Cypress College

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Brian* Gutierrez -- Cypress College

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Brianna Lara -- Yucaipa High School

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Brittany Berg -- Claremont High School

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Carlos Pelayo -- Honor Academy

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Carmen Dominguez -- Cypress College

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Cassie Lee -- The Cambridge School

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Celinda Robles -- Cypress College

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Chad Thomas -- Cypress College

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Chanh* vo -- Cypress College

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Chessa Welch -- Cypress College

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Chris Baker -- Cypress College

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Christine Gonzalez-Salgado -- Los Osos High School

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Christine Vo -- Cypress College

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Cindy Islas -- Cypress College

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Colin Coppock -- Los Osos High School

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Crystal* Lopez -- Cypress College

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Dana Suterman -- Cypress College

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Daniah Mohammed -- Cypress College

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Danica Alvarez -- Cypress College

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Danielle Rascon -- Village Academy High School

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Darren Ramlogan -- Cypress College

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Darshana Patel -- Westview High School

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David McNott -- Claremont High School

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David Sylva -- Citrus Valley High School

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David Chamberlain -- Claremont High School

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David* Hirwa -- Cypress College

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Dean Gerstein -- Claremont High School

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Debra Topilow -- Beverly Hills High School

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Delaney* Duthie -- Cypress College

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Destiny Ramos -- Cypress College

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Destiny Estrada -- Cypress College

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Destiny* Castaneda -- Cypress College

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Diana Peiiderno -- Cypress College

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Diana Narvaez -- Cypress College

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Diana Dee -- Westview High School

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Dominic* M -- Cypress College

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Dorian Romaoc -- Cypress College

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Drake* Wallace -- Cypress College

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Ebru Dogan -- Nova 42 Academy


Elisar Salha -- Cypress College

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Emily Elisea -- Cypress College

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Emily Chicas -- Cypress College

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Emily Waggenbrenner -- Cypress College

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Eric Ballesteros -- Cypress College

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Erik Pielstick -- Los Osos High School

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Ezequiel Minero -- Cypress College

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Faith Nishimura -- Claremont High School

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Fiona Tai -- Velasquez - Top Education Institute

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Francis Kim-Baek -- Velasquez - Top Education Institute

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Francisco Luna -- Cypress College

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Geoffrey Mayne -- The Cambridge School

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Gillian Yuzon -- Cypress College

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Gisele Nguyen -- Westview High School

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Gregg Florence -- Millikan High School

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Hamza Kafi -- Cypress College

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Haylee Barsumian -- Cypress College

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Hiraj Sisodia -- Cypress College

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Irene Kuwitsky -- Cypress College

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Irma Abarca -- Claremont High School

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Itzel Gerardo-Perez -- Los Osos High School

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Jack Xiao -- Claremont High School

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Jackie Rodriguez -- Cypress College

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Jacklyn Kim -- Westview High School

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Jacob Mohler -- The Cambridge School

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James Zucker -- Loyola High School

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Jamie* S -- Cypress College

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Jasmine Estrada -- Cypress College

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Jassaret* Lesesma -- Cypress College

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Jeanette Arzate -- Cypress College

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Jeff Yoder -- The Cambridge School

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Jeho Park -- Claremont High School

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Jennifer Stephens -- The Cambridge School

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Jeramy* R -- Cypress College

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Jess Hernandez -- Cypress College

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Jessica Ramos-Guerra -- Cypress College

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Jessie Gomez -- Cypress College

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Jimmy Saldana -- The Cambridge School

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Joel Ainsworth -- Claremont High School

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Joey* Brown -- Cypress College

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Jon Le -- Nova 42 Academy

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Jonathan Angeles -- Cypress College

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Jorge Guadarrama -- Cypress College

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Jose* Anthony Naguid -- Cypress College

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Joseph Hauw -- Westview High School

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Judy Goodfellow -- The Cambridge School

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Julian Gamino -- Cypress College

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Julie Mayuga -- Cypress College

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Julio Gutierrez -- Cypress College

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Karen Kupetz -- Claremont High School

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Karime Gonzalez -- Los Osos High School

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Karina Gomez -- Cypress College

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Katherine Lopez -- Cypress College

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Kelly Hurst -- Velasquez - Top Education Institute

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Kelsi Victores -- Cypress College

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Kenneth Lomban -- Cypress College

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Kepa Francisco -- The Cambridge School

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Kevin Norris -- Yorba Linda High School

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Kevin Millikan -- Millikan High School

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Kevin* Mix -- Cypress College

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Khanh T -- Cypress College

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Kitiny Phumchun -- Honor Academy

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Kristen Clements -- Yucaipa High School

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Kurt Cowley -- Cypress College

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Laura Zamora -- Cypress College

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Lea Mendez -- Cypress College

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Leanne Feldman Murray -- Nova 42 Academy


Leena Nath -- Los Osos High School

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Leonel* Flores -- Cypress College

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Logan* Burt -- Cypress College

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Luan Chuang -- Westview High School

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Luis Sandoval -- Los Osos High School

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Lydia Han -- Claremont High School

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M. Fernanda Perez -- Cypress College

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Margeauxe Salvacion -- Cypress College

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Marina Rodriguez -- Yucaipa High School

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Marissa Ortega -- Cypress College

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Mark Stowitts -- Cajon High School

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Marrion Mirasol -- Cypress College

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Marvin Burgueno -- Cypress College

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Mary Bridgette Malate -- Cypress College

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Massar Alzejarah -- Cypress College

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Matt Ramirez -- Los Osos High School

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Matt* Lyons -- Cypress College

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Matthew* Elizalde -- Cypress College

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McKenna VandenBerg -- Cypress College

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Medoune* Gueye -- Cypress College

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Mei Hashimoto -- Cypress College

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Melanie Armas -- Cypress College

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Michael Ball -- Claremont High School

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Michael Daugherty -- Claremont High School

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Michael Alejo -- Cypress College

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Michael Murray -- Nova 42 Academy


Michael* Garcia Silva -- Cypress College

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Michelle Lopez -- Cypress College

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Michelle* Machuca -- Cypress College

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Mika* Webbe -- Cypress College

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Milton Samano -- Cypress College

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Mohammed Saleem -- Cypress College

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Mohideen Buharie -- Westview High School

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Morgan* P -- Cypress College

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Neha Thakker -- Velasquez - Top Education Institute

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Nguyen Thien -- Cypress College

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Nicolas Navarro -- Cypress College

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Nilofar Nawabi -- Cypress College

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Nina Moreno -- Cypress College

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Noor Tabba -- Los Osos High School

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Olin Yates -- Cypress College

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Paige Burkholder -- Loyola High School

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Paola Martinez -- Cypress College

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Perna Sahare -- Cypress College

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Peter Bui -- Cypress College

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Peter Lee -- Cypress College

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Peter Jin -- Velasquez - Top Education Institute

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Prem Goyal -- Loyola High School

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Rachel Wear -- Claremont High School

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Rashad Tabba -- Los Osos High School

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Ravi Gupta -- Westview High School

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Richard Opp -- Los Osos High School

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Ritaj Kafi -- Cypress College

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Robert Larioza -- Cypress College

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Robert So -- Velasquez - Top Education Institute

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Robert Larioza -- Cypress College

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Roberto Tostadi -- Cypress College

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Roberto* Villegas -- Cypress College

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Rodrigo Romero -- Cypress College

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Roy Okimoto -- Cypress College

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Ruby Clark -- Cypress College

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Ryan Bolla -- Cypress College

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Ryoma Yamonaka -- Cypress College

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Saeed Alvarado -- Cypress College

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Samantha Miranda -- Cypress College

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Sara Ramirez -- Cypress College

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Scott Brown -- Honor Academy

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Seungyong Sin -- Cypress College

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Shan Masson -- Cypress College

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Silvia* Estrada -- Cypress College

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Sophia Tang -- Nova 42 Academy

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Srujana Yedulapuram -- Westview High School

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Suny Nguyen -- Cypress College

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Susan Xiao -- Claremont High School

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Susan Probst -- Yucaipa High School

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Taha Alfakry -- Cypress College

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Tammy Albright -- The Cambridge School

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Tania Aguilar -- Cypress College

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Taylor* Jardine -- Cypress College

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Ted Kim -- Nova 42 Academy

Background

I have no speech and debate competition experience. My first foray into this world was in early 2014 as a judge; I have been involved ever since and have judged continuously at a rate of at least 30 tournaments per year. I am now involved in the debate program at my school as a public forum coach.

General Expectations of Me (Things for You to Consider)

While I do consider myself to be more experienced than any lay judge, I do not consider myself as knowledgable as a former competitor turned judge or coach. Here is a list of things not to expect from me:

  1. Do not expect me to know the things you know. I don't. Simple as that. Always make the choice to explain things fully.
  2. Do not expect to change my mind after a debate is over in the hopes of changing a decision. That should be only done in the debate and if I didn't catch it, that's too bad.
  3. Do not expect me to disclose in prelims unless the tournament explicitly tells me to.
  4. I flow on paper, meaning I most likely won't be looking at either competitors too often during the round. Please don't take that as a discouraging signal, I'm simply trying to keep up. This also means that there may be occasions that I miss something if you speak too quickly.
  5. While I do attempt to keep my biases outside the round, there may be occasion where I will hear an argument and it will confuzzle my brain terribly. That doesn't mean I won't count it; it means that you will visibly see me look very confused. Take that as a sign that the argument needs to be thoroughly explained or re-explained. Failing to do so will more likely than not make me drop the argument regardless of whether your opponent dealt with it appropriately.

Should other things arise, I will add them to this list at that time.

Public Forum / Lincoln Douglas Paradigm

Regarding speaker points:

I judge on the standard tabroom scale. Everyone starts at a 27.5 and depending on how the round goes, that score will fluctuate. I expect clarity, fluidity, confidence and decorum in all speeches. Being able to convey those facets to me in your speech will boost your score; a lack in any will negatively affect speaker points. I judge harshly: 29+ scores are rare and 30 is a unicorn. DO NOT think you can eschew etiquette and good speaking ability simply due to the rationale that "this is debate and W's and L's are what matter."

Things I do not appreciate occurring in round and will be appropriately penalized:

  1. Do not lie in round. Or at the very least, do not get caught lying in round. This includes but is not limited to: cooked evidence; misrepresenting evidence; misrepresenting your opponents' position; putting words in their mouths that they never said nor meant; and so on. Please refrain from such uncouth behavior. My reaction will be to give you a 0 and the L. Please remember that I have the power as a judge to call for evidence at the end of the round before my decision to verify any perceived indiscretion.
  2. Do not yell at your opponents in cross. Avoid eye contact with them during cross as much as possible to keep the debate as civil as it can be. If it helps, look at me; at the very least, I won't be antagonistic. I understand that debate can get heated and emotional; please utilize the appropriate coping mechanisms to ensure that proper decorum is upheld. Do not leave in the middle of round to go to the bathroom or any other reason outside of emergency, at which point alert me to that emergency.

Structure:

Please signpost. I cannot stress this enough without using caps and larger font. If you do not signpost or provide some way for me to follow along your case/refutations, I will be lost and you will be in trouble. Not actual trouble, but debate trouble. You know what I mean.

Framework (FW):

In Public Forum, I default to Cost-Benefit Analysis unless a different FW is given. I don't require explanations of what your FWs are unless there are particularly unique.

In Lincoln Douglas, I need a Value and Value Criterion (or something equivalent to those two) in order to know how to weigh the round. Without them, I am unable to judge effectively because I have not been told what should be valued as most important. Please engage in Value Debates: FWs are the rules under which you win the debate, so make sure your rules and not your opponent's get used in order to swing the debate in your favor. Otherwise, find methods to win under your opponent's FW.

Do not take this to mean that if you win the FW debate, you win the round. That's the beauty of LD: there is no dominant value or value criterion, but there is persuasive interpretation and application of them.

Should other things arise, I will add them to this list at that time.

Regarding the decision (RFD):

I judge tabula rasa, or as close to it as possible. I walk in with no knowledge of the topic, just the basic learning I have gained through my public school education. I have a wide breadth of common knowledge, so I will not be requiring cards/evidence for things such as the strength of the US military or the percentage of volcanos that exist underwater. For matters that are strictly factual, I will rarely ask for evidence unless it is something I don't know, in which case it may be presented in round regardless. What this means is that I am pledging to judge ONLY on what I hear in round. As difficult as this is, and as horrible as it feels to give W's to teams whom I know didn't deserve it based on my actual knowledge, that is the burden I uphold. This is the way I reduce my involvement in the round and is to me the best way for each team to have the greatest impact over their respective W or L.

A few exceptions to this rule:

  • Regarding dropped points and extensions across flow: I flow ONLY what I hear; if points donâ??t get brought up, I donâ??t write them. A clear example would be a contention read in Constructive, having it dropped in Summary, and being revived in Final Focus. I will personally drop it should that occur; I will not need to be prompted to do so, although notification will give me a clearer picture on how well each team is paying attention. Therefore, it does not hurt to alert me. The reason why I do this is simple: if a point is important, it should be brought up consistently. If it is not discussed, I can only assume that it simply does not matter.
  • Regarding extensions through ink: This phrase means that arguments were flowed through refutations without addressing the refutations or the full scope of the refutations. I imagine it being like words slamming into a brick wall, but one side thinks it's a fence with gaping holes and moves on with life. I will notice if this happens, especially if both sides are signposting. I will be more likely to drop the arguments if this is brought to my attention by your opponents. Never pretend an attack didn't happen. It will not go your way.
  • Regarding links: I need things to just make sense. Do not use terrible links. If I'm listening to an argument and all I can think is "What?" then you have lost me. If using a link chain, link well with appropriate warrants. I will just not buy arguments at that point and this position will be further reinforced should an opposing team point out the lack of or poor quality of the link.

I do not flow cross-examination. It is your time for clarification and identifying clash. Should something arise from it, it is your job to bring it up in your/team's next speech.

I'm not a big fan of theory/kritiks. If it comes up and it's warranted, make sure I know it. But most of the time, I won't be happy that it's happening. I advise against it.

Regarding RFD in Public Forum: I vote on well-defined and appropriately linked impacts. All impacts must be extended across the flow to be considered. If your Summary speaker drops an impact, Iâ??m sorry but I will not consider it if brought up in Final Focus. What can influence which impacts I deem more important is Framework. I don't vote off Framework, but it can determine key impacts which can force a decision.

Regarding RFD in Lincoln Douglas: FW is essential to help me determine which impacts weigh more heavily in the round. Once the FW is determined, the voters are how well each side fulfills the FW and various impacts extending from that. This is similar to how I vote in PF, but with greater emphasis on competing FWs.

SPEED:

I am a paper flow judge; I do not flow on computer. I'm a dinosaur that way. This means if you go through points too quickly, there is a higher likelihood that I may miss things in my haste to write them down. DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, SPREAD OR SPEED READ. I do not care for it as I see it as a disrespectful form of communication, if even a form of communication at all. Nowhere in life, outside of progressive circuit debate and ad disclaimers, have I had to endure spreading. Regardless of its practical application within meta-debate, I believe it possesses little to no value elsewhere. If you see spreading as a means to an end, that end being recognized as a top debater, then you and I have very different perspectives regarding this activity. Communication is the one facet that will be constantly utilized in your life until the day you die. I would hope that one would train their abilities in a manner that best optimizes that skill for everyday use.

Irrational Paradigm

This section is meant for things that simply anger me beyond rational thought. Do not do them.

  1. No puns. No pun tagline, no pun arguments, no pun anything. No puns or I drop you.

Should other things arise, I will add them to this list at that time.


Thomas Nguyen -- Los Osos High School

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Tiffany Chang -- Cypress College

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Tom Vavra -- Loyola High School

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Tom Vavra -- Pomona Catholic High School

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Tracy Mikaru -- Westview High School

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Tracy Y Liu -- Velasquez - Top Education Institute

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Tristan Parker -- Yorba Linda High School

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Valerie Rodriguez -- Cypress College

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Wilfredo* Carrasco -- Cypress College

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Xin Guo -- Honor Academy

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Yasmine* Gamboa -- Cypress College

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Yi Han Hong -- Kudos College of Youth Leadership

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Yulissa* Zavala -- Cypress College

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Yvette* Zuniga -- Cypress College

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Zach Sandoval -- Loyola High School

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