Best judge: Me. duhhhhhhh
Best coach: There's no arguing with state champions, a TOC bid and two teams at nationals -- Gaston.
Best overall squad: Heritage.
Best overall team: Heritage Hall HS
Best team as the affirmative: Heritage Hall HS. Oddly, I don't think I've seen them on the neg, even though I voted for them about 5 times on the aff this year.
Best team as the negative: Jenks MP. I've got a soft spot for Nishant. He rocks.
Best critical debater: Nishant.
Best straight-up policy debater: Probably Cooper, but I dunno. Haven't really seen anyone go for tix and case lately.
Most persuasive speaker: Zain. Conducts great cross-x's and is good at adapting.
Fastest debater: Probably Olivia from Heritage. The Santa Fe kids can go pretty fast sometimes too.
Best T debater: Zoey from Santa Fe. I can't remember being particularly impressed by anyone else this year.
Best 2AR: I'll say Tess since she was 2A most of the year. I can't really remember a lot of outstanding 2A's besides her.
Best 1AR: Cooper or Zain or Nishant; not sure.
Best 2NR: Cooper or Nishant.
Best debater overall: Cooper.
Nicest team: Memorial AR.
Nicest debater: Zain's a pretty upstanding guy.
Funniest debater: Dillon's unintentionally funny.
Most fun debater to judge/watch: Dunno. I enjoyed judging Heritage, Santa Fe and Memorial a lot. Tess is good too.
Rookie team of the year: Distelhorst and Masterson! w00t
Most underrated team: Santa Fe FV. I wouldn't have predicted at the beginning of this year that they'd be in semis at state. Congrats to them.
Most underrated debater: Austin Vance. Consistently defied my expectations -- he's definitely one of the smartest kids I've seen debate in high school.
Most persistent team: I'm not really sure what this means.
Most persistent debater: Oh shucks, I guess this means Dillon. I dropped him on a RVI on T his freshman year. It takes some balls to continue on after a loss like that...
Most improved debater: Austin Vance.
Most improved team: Probably Heritage HS.
Longest 1AC of the year: I. Don't. Know. Who cares?
Best in-round event/moment: What Shae said. Zain's cool.
Freshman to look out for: Olivia and Jenks DM.
Best Sophomore to look out for: Zoey. I don't know who else is a sophomore.
Best Junior to watch out for: Cooper/Phil, Grant