As a 3-year competitor in varsity CD and having judged many novice/middle school rounds, I've come to realize that judges often suffer from recency bias or simply not ranking generally good debaters in the room specifically because a lot of the names tend to blend together (especially when there's a lot of simple names for the same demographic e.g. Patel and Gupta, or Chen and Cho). I realize that good Congressional Debaters should make it easy for the judge to remember them throughout the round, but it's especially frustrating when a competitor does well but isn't ranked highly because they were simply forgotten. I think that a solution to this would be instituting a picture system attached to each Congress entry so that judges can see the list of competitors and easily attach a face to them when judging them after the round ends. This would still allow the judge to make their decision fairly but eliminating the "trivial" issue of simply forgetting what a competitor looked like or mixing them up with a different competitor with a similar last name or similar appearance.