Garth Woodson
Head Instructor - Congressional Debate 

Garth Woodson competed in speech and debate at Perry High School. After graduating, he volunteered with the Perry team and served as an assistant coach for 5 years, focusing mainly on Congressional Debate and Lincoln-Douglas debate. He coached multiple state finalists and assisted dozens of students to make it to the national tournament. He helped the Perry Speech and Debate team win the state championship in team sweepstakes points three years in a row. Garth graduated from The University of Akron School of Law in 2020. He is excited to expand the Congressional Debate division at CDC this year and looks forward to helping students to communicate their beliefs and hone their craft.

Mary Paydock
Instructor - Congressional Debate 

Mary Paydock competed in Congressional Debate for two years at Northwest High School. She was a two time semi-finalist in Congress at the Ohio state tournament and a two time national qualifier. Mary won the Eastern Ohio National Qualifier her senior year. She helped her school form their speech and debate team and served as the President her junior and senior year. Mary is attending the Ohio State University and plans to study Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and Music Performance! Mary is excited to support the development of speaking and critical thinking skills in students at CDC this year!

Kasey Pukys
Head Instructor - Extemporaneous Speaking

Kasey Pukys competed in International Extemporaneous Speaking at Perry High School for three years and was a three-time state qualifier in IX. During her senior year, Kasey became Perry High School's first Speech and Debate President, won seven tournaments across the state, and became the Ohio State Champion in IX. Additionally, she qualified for the NSDA national tournament twice, once in World Schools Debate and once in Congressional Debate. Kasey is now attending Case Western Reserve University, where she is majoring in economics and international studies with a minor in the Russian language. In her free time, Kasey sings with Dhamakapella, CWRU's award-winning South Asian Fusion A Cappella Team. She believes that Extemp and Congress develop essential communication skills, critical thinking, and a global perspective that goes beyond speech and debate. Kasey helped to launch the first Extemp-Congress lab at CDC in 2019, and she is very excited to work with CDC campers again this summer!

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