Who is Justin?

Justin Marwad has an associate’s degree in computer science and is currently working towards a dual degree in computer science and electrical engineering and two minors in robotics and math at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. He plans on receiving his master’s and Ph.D. in computer science.

Justin attended a debate tournament and was so fascinated by high school debate that he decided to compete in the NCFCA season of 2019. Always dedicated and interested in learning more, Justin went above and beyond the dedication level of many debaters in his region. Having never competed in an official outround before, Justin made it his goal to improve. After the 2019-20 season, Justin decided to spend 30-40 hours a week during the summer, fall, and competition season on practice rounds and debate research. Justin’s record for the most rounds in one day during that summer was 7 full-length TP rounds. He took it a step further that fall by becoming one of the first members of the brand new Ethos Legends club in order to expand his knowledge of general debate and debate theory. 

Aside from debate, Justin is and has been in love with anything that remotely relates to technology since he attended a programming class at the age of 12. Ever since, Justin’s goal has been to introduce more middle and high schoolers into the world of computers. Justin blogs about tech, debate, his faith, and anything else he’s doing at the moment at https://www.justinmarwad.com.  

Coaching Philosophy

When asked about his coaching philosophy, Justin smirked, looked off into the distance, and emphatically uttered the following in a low voice:

“People ask others and themselves how to win debate rounds. The answer is simple: You win. I’m a strong believer in the theory that in order to win a debate round, you must convince the judge that you should win the round. All one needs to do is show that their policy option or held belief, is the most superior one in the round. 

This means that you should present a weighing metric, a burden, or some sort of sand in the line where you can say, ‘Judge, here’s my opponent, here’s me, and here’s the line and why if I get to this line in your mind today, then you know who to vote for’ I’m a firm believer in the fact that debate has no rules. Aside from not fabricating evidence or punching your opponent in the face, everything about debate is debate-able.

If I was asked to say fifteen words about debate, I’d say ‘Never give debate up, never let debate down, and never run around or desert debate.’ If I were to say four words about debate, it’s ‘Honor God, have fun!’ — debate is not about winning, it’s about honoring God with the talents He’s given you and having fun.”

Accomplishments

  • 4th place in Team Policy at the 2021 NCFCA national championship. 
  • 7th in TP at the 2021 NCFCA National Open 1, 10th at the National Open 2, and 4th at the National Open 3, one of the largest national tournaments the NCFCA has run. 
  • Placed in two regional finals rounds. Was the first Region 10 debate team to run a topical counterplan in a finals round. 
  • 8th place in Moot Court at NCFCA nationals and 8th place at the Moot Court national qualifying tournament. 
  • Won an informative tournament with 40 other competitors and placed 9th at one of NCFCA’s largest national opens with over 140 other informative speakers. 
  • The only person to ever go 1-8-8 in all three informative prelim rooms at an NCFCA national championship tournament. 
  • Won the first-ever Corona Cup TP tournament and placed in semis at the second Corona Open TP tournament. Placed 4th at the Ziggy Spring TP tournament. 
  • Emphatically believes that a Cheeto is a chip and will not be convinced otherwise.