US Nationals 2004 Sponsorship Results

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The following people were selected for sponsorship to US Nationals, June 18-20, 2004:

US National Championship Head Judge
Mike Guptil, USA(MI) level 4

Junior Super Series Head Judge
Jason Ness, Canada level 3

Side Events Judge Manager
John Carter, USA(PA) level 3

Full Sponsorship
Ben Drago, USA(TX) level 3
Christopher Richter, USA(WI) level 2
Daniel Wong, USA(NC) level 2
David Welsh, USA(USA (AR)) level 2
James Lee, USA(WA) level 3
Jeff Vondruska, USA(OH) level 2
Jeremy Smith, USA(NY) level 2
Justus Roennau, Germany level 3
Ken Somerville, USA(ID) level 2
Lee McLain, USA(OH) level 3
Matt Tabak, USA(NV) level 3
Michael Feuell, USA(MA) level 3
Mitchell Waldbauer, USA(TX) level 2
Ray Powers, USA(AZ) level 3
Scott Lelivelt, USA(IL) level 2
Shawn Doherty, USA(IL) level 3
Sheldon Menery, USA(VA) level 3
Tony Mayer, USA(WA) level 2

Partial Sponsorship - Room-only, etc...
Brian Woerth, USA(IA) level 2
Ingrid Lind-Jahn, USA(WI) level 2
James Twieg, USA(WI) level 2
Lee Sharpe, USA(IL) level 2
Nick Allmaker, USA(NE) level 2
Rashad Miller, USA(IL) level 2

Notified that they are coming on their own:
Braden Bowers, USA(MO) level 1
John Cooper, USA(MO) level 1
Mike Goodman, USA(WA) level 2
Suzy Life, USA(GA) level 2
Phillip "Chief" Robinson, USA(TX) level 2
Prakash Madhav, USA(OH) level 2
Zach Kissane, USA(KS) level 1

Judges who wish to volunteer are encouraged to email ( as soon as possible to be placed on the schedule (please include which days you will be available).
It is understood that some judges are attempting still to qualify to play - and therefor some substitutions may occur.

Many judges applied for sponsorship, but only a limited amount could be selected based on our budget. If you were not selected, it's not because you weren't qualified, but because we can only accept a small fraction of the applicants.

If you are still planning on attending this event and would like to judge voluntarily to gain more experience, please email DCI Judge Certification at

Some of the criteria that were used to decide which judges were selected include:

Testing – We try to administer judge certification test to an individual and will bring them to an event to take the test. This usually occurs with level 3 candidates, but may also occur with level 4 candidates.

Level - We need a certain percentage of judges of each certification level. Level 1 judges are usually not sponsored for Pro Tour level events, but may volunteer in side events.

Region - In order to support judging in certain regions of the world, we select judges from those regions to attend a high-level event and gain experience.

Age - Judges under 18 years old will not be selected for liability reasons.

Language - At certain events, we need bilingual judges. All judges must speak English fluently. You have a slightly higher chance of being accepted if you are fluent in a second language that we particularly need for an event.

History - If a judge has performed exceptionally well at previous events, they stand a better chance of being brought to another event. If a candidate has performed poorly, this may negatively affect their chance of being brought to another event.

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