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Garth Woodson
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 led the expansion of the Congressional Debate division at CDC in 2022. Garth is a firm believer that camp should be both fun and educational, and he can often be found playing video games with campers in the dorm. 

Mary Paydock
Instructor - Congressional Debate 

Mary Paydock competed in Congressional Debate for two years at Northwest High School. She helped her school form their speech and debate team and served as the President her junior and senior year. 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. Mary is attending the Ohio State University and is studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and Music Performance! Mary attended CDC as a camper in 2021 and joined the staff in 2022. She is excited to support the development of speaking and critical thinking skills in students at CDC this year!

Information about additional staff members will be posted as their participation is confirmed.
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