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.

Debate Judging Instructions
All DebateIndividual EventsInterpsLincoln DouglasPolicyPublic Forum

Here are some excellent instructions from Cindy Sidwell on how to judge a debate round. This video covers what to expect when walking into that first debate round, how to fill out your ballot, and so much more. As coach Sidwell puts it, “Our debaters can’t compete without wonderful people

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How to Judge Public Forum Debate
Public Forum

In this video coach Cindy Sidwell goes over exactly what you will be seeing when you get to your Public Forum Debate round. Sidwell address the coin flip, how flighted rounds work, how to fill out your PF ballot, what to expect from the students, and much more.

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Lincoln Douglas Debate Format
All DebateLincoln Douglas

Lincoln Douglas is arguably the most dynamic debate event. With the judging pool ranging from soccer mom’s to technical debate legends there will always be a disagreement on the “correct” way to do things. The only variable that remains constant is the Lincoln Douglas debate format. Lincoln Douglas Debate Times

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CX - Policy Debate Format
All DebatePolicy

Policy debate is the most advanced and technical event that exists. This event is sometimes referred to as CX debate and has a topic that changes annually. A single topic each year sounds simple enough, but with the amount of technical jargon, organization, and speed reading required this event it

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Public Forum Debate Format
All DebatePublic Forum

Public Forum, PF, or PoFo as some call it is the newest form of debate. This contemporary event features two teams of two battling it out over a resolution inspired by current issues and hot topics. With the Public Forum debate topic changing so often students are required to research,

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