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  1. College Prep (CA) needs to hire 1-2 locally available judges for Policy at NFL this year. Please PM if you are interested and available.
  2. Looking to hire a Policy judge for the Birmingham NFL Nationals. Judging obligation will be on Monday, June 16-Wednesday, June 18 (slight possibility of the 19th as well). Please email me at lexy at college-prep dot org. Thank you!
  3. Judging obligation will be on Monday, June 16-Wednesday, June 18 (slight possibility of the 19th as well). Please email me at lexy at college-prep dot org. Thank you!
  4. College Prep needs to hire a Policy judge, preferably local. The commitment will run from Monday, June 11 - Thursday, June 14 (at the latest) and involve no more than 8 rounds. Please email me at lexy@college-prep.org if you are available. Please pass this on to others who might be interested.
  5. Sorry I had the wrong date in my previous thread. Please make nominations here: http://juliaburkefoundation.com/toc_nomination_active.php
  6. Thank you for agreeing to let this rest. Now I'd like to encourage everyone to start nominating people. Every year I hear debaters at the TOC lament that they cannot vote for a particular well loved debater whom they assumed that everyone else would nominate. Don't leave the nomination to someone else; the only way to be certain that someone is nominated is to nominate her yourself.
  7. So is your advocacy that the Julia Burke Award should be given at NFL Nationals to a debater who qualifies for that tournament? Or that it should be connected to no tournament at all and be open to any Policy debater? Or is even that too elitist? Should receiving the award be open to anyone who participates in any form of debate, from Policy debate to Mock Trial and Model UN? What about those who participate only in classroom debates because they are not privileged enough to attend a school that offers competitive debate. Should receiving the award be open to debaters in other countries, especially those that do not share the United States' extreme economic privilege? If any or all of these folks were eligible to receive the Julia Burke Award, how on Earth would we choose the winner? At what event would we present the award? Would anyone notice or care? Julia Burke never attended NFL Nationals. She debated at the TOC in her sophomore year. You may prefer NFL Nationals to the TOC, but there is no escaping the fact that her community in the world of debate was the group of Policy debaters who travel the national circuit.
  8. http://ukdebate.wikispaces.com/Invitation That means signed by your school administrator and with full fees enclosed. This is NOT a postmark deadline.
  9. As one of Julia's coaches and someone who was involved in the creation of the award, I am in a good position to say that you are missing the boat here. The award was designed to foster certain values and behaviors in a specific population: those who participate in Policy Debate at the highest levels on the national circuit. We focused on this population because Julia was a part of it. We recognized that the intensity of competition poses a challenge for debaters, and that it is sometimes hard for this group of debaters to see the bigger picture and recognize that being kind, decent, and giving should come before doing whatever it takes to win. One of the elements of the award is a charitable grant that the winner of the award is allowed to bestow on an organization of her choice. Past recipients have given to several urban debate leagues and the National Alliance to End Homelessness, among other groups. This aspect of the Julia Burke Award not only directly benefits people in need, but it also encourages debaters to think about acting to make the world outside of the national circuit debate community a better place. The Julia Burke Foundation does many wonderful things in Julia's memory, and the high school TOC debate award is just a small part of its work. Over the years the foundation has spent far more supporting urban debate leagues than it has rewarding elite debaters. Its support of organ donation, funding of de-mining efforts, provision of scholarships for low income Bay Area students, and micro loan programs dwarf the importance and impact of the Julia Burke Award at the TOC. Please allow the Burke family this one project that focuses on a community to which Julia belonged, and about which Julia cared a great deal. Do not hijack it for your own purposes.
  10. Correct, in that you do not have to attend in order to be nominated. If you do not attend, however, you will not be one of the finalists for whom TOC attending debaters get to vote. The "expected to attend" language allows folks to nominate debaters who are applying as at-larges; it also acknowledges that some debaters who qualify for the TOC choose not to attend, or are unable to attend.
  11. Please don't waste your time nominating someone who is not eligible for the award. To be eligible to win the award, the debater must compete in the 2011 TOC. While I understand the desire to rally around a friend who is having a hard time, I think it is inappropriate to use the Julia Burke Award to register your unhappiness with a decision reached by a school. Doing so distracts from the goal of this award, which is to honor the memory of Julia Burke by recognizing a debater who embodies the traits that made her so special.
  12. Remember, you cannot vote for them if no one nominates them. Don't hope that someone else nominates your choice. Send in your nomination today! The Julia Burke Award to recognizes the high school policy debater who most closely upholds the combination of characteristics that Julia displayed in her love for the activity. These qualities include excellence in and passion for debate, a commitment to helping others, love and respect for the policy debate community and dedication to maintaining friendships despite the pressures of competition. Any policy debater who is eligible, or expected to be eligible, to compete in the TOC may be nominated for the award. Julia Burke Award Nomination Website
  13. ...were recorded and will soon be available on NFLtv. I'll post a link once it's up. One FYI, Eland's mother passed away the day before the RR, so David Theroux, the President of the Independent Institute replaced him. Lipschutz was awesome. Erin Simpson is not a guy.
  14. The success of Kevin and Misael this year (and last) is a demonstration that UDL programs can kick ass at the highest level. Octos at the TOC, Julia Burke Award winner, 12th and 3rd speakers at the TOC, and now NFL champions. Fan-freaking-tastic! May their success be an inspiration to debaters and coaches everywhere, and an encouragement to all of us in the coaching community to do what we can to support broadening access to the activity to which we have devoted our lives. I have a real problem with adult coaches using kids as fodder for their arguments. While it is important for us to address the resource disparities that plague our activity, this thread is not the place to do so. Pointing to certain debaters and labeling them privileged is both hurtful and silly. On the one hand, none of us really know the privilege (or lack thereof) of most debaters who are not our own students. It's not our business, and we shouldn't be putting students in a position that makes them feel like they need to come forward with personal financial or other information in order to overcome assumptions that people are making about them. On the other hand, it's also a waste of breath to point out that debaters who win national championships are privileged. Of course they are! Regardless of their family's socioeconomic status, they are privileged to have attended a school with a debate team. They are privileged that they could attend the championship, whether that was because their team has a generous budget, their parents wrote a check, or they held fundraisers to cover the expenses. They are privileged to have been able to attend enough tournaments to get good enough to win a national championship. They are privileged to have received a good enough education to allow them to excel in debate, and to have had access to adequate research resources.
  15. PURPOSE The Julia Burke Award recognizes the high school policy debater who most closely upholds the combination of characteristics that Julia displayed in her love for the activity. These qualities include excellence in and passion for debate, a commitment to helping others, love and respect for the policy debate community and dedication to maintaining friendships despite the pressures of competition. Julia was lost October 30, 1998 following an automobile accident. At Julia’s service, Ryan Mills, her debate coach, said it well: “It suddenly became so obvious to me that she was the one who had it right all along. The importance of people, not things; your integrity, not your successes; your contributions, not your awards.” NOMINATION AND SELECTION PROCESS Any policy debater who is eligible, or expected to be eligible, to compete in the TOC may be nominated for the award. Policy debaters, coaches and judges are invited to nominate one individual per person by April 15th . Nominations should include the name and school of the nominee, the reasons for the nomination preferably including examples and anecdotes, and the identity of the person submitting the nomination including his/her name, affiliation with the debate community (debater, coach or judge), and school affiliation. Make your nomination here.
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