Nikko Pedersen
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Nikko Pedersen

Nikko has more than 8 years of dedicated debate experience behind him. During his high school career he achieved multiple TOC bids, national qualifications (in both IE’s and debate), and first place finishes at various tournaments.

After high school Nikko went on to compete for Snow college qualifying for the most competitive Individual Event tournament in the nation in multiple events (AFA) and finishing 2nd place in Belgium at IFA Collegiate Internationals in NPDA Parli. One of the awards he is most proud of is the Paul Gaske award for best all round debate and individual events competitor at San Diego State University against more than 27 colleges and universities.

During this time he helped coach the Maeser high school debate team to several region and state championships, qualified students to nationals, and co-directed the Commander Files debate camp.

Public Forum Refugee Crisis
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The December Public Forum Topic Analysis is Also Live! Public Forum November Resolution Rough Transcript: Resolved: In response to the current crisis, a government should prioritize the humanitarian needs of refugees over its national interests. PF Files Support us by liking our page on Facebook subscribing, or purchasing evidence from our shop!

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Public Forum Debate Topic 2015 September/October PF Topic Area: Racial Justice Resolved: The United States Federal Government ought to pay reparations to African Americans.   Reparations Topic Analysis The purpose of this article is to help students and coaches start their research on this topic. It is by no means

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Debate Clash Research Engine
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Debate Clash Research Engine Finally a research engine created by debaters for debaters. The Debate Clash Research Engine was designed to help students find legitimate and useful evidence. Why use the Debate Clash Research Engine? The engine runs exclusively off of Google’s powerful search engine The engine will only display results that

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Impact Calc Debate Clash
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Nearly every judge bases their decisions off of the impacts that were presented in the round. In this video we’ll go over what an impact is, move onto the purpose of impact calc, and finally address the key elements to this great tool. I’m Nikko and this is Debate Clash.

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Individual Event and Debate Times
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Public Forum Debate Times 4 minutes – 1AC – First Affirmative Constructive 4 minutes – 1NC – First Negative Constructive 3 minutes – CX – First Cross Examination or Cross Fire 4 minutes – 2AC – Second Affirmative Constructive 4 minutes – 2NC – Second Negative Constructive 3 minutes –

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Adapt to Lay Judge
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The number one rule in debate is adapting to your judge. You could be the quickest, most organized, and technical debater in the round, but if the judge doesn’t like your style you will lose. Lay judge is simply another way of saying that someone is inexperienced. Most of the

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Debate Clash Technical Debate Dictionary
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The Technical Debate Dictionary Abuse (Abusive Arguments): Arguments that make the debate round unfair. For example if the affirmative team made the argument that they should be able to run 3 plans the negative could argue that that is abusive because it inherently gives an unfair advantage to the affirmative. Advantage (AD): A

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How to Research in Debate
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Prior to research There are a couple of things you should do before starting your debate research. The single most important principle is to completely understand the topic. Contrary to popular belief one of the best places to start is Wikipedia. They provide a fantastic semi-comprehensive overview of nearly every topic. As

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How to Judge Lincoln Douglas Debate
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Coach Sidwell is back again to go over how to judge Lincoln Douglas debate rounds in specific. She goes over some of the lingo you will hear, what the format of the debate is, what the students should be doing and more.

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Flowing is simply an organized way of taking notes. The process has a fairly steep learning curve and may feel strange at first, but with nearly every top debater flowing in a similar fashion, it is definitelby a skill worth fostering. Once you get the hang of it, you will notice it is

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