Head Instructor - Congressional Debate
Garth Woodson competed in speech and debate at Perry High School. Since graduating he has continued to volunteer with the Perry team. Garth has been an assistant coach at Perry for 5 years and is currently the coach of Congress and Lincoln-Douglas debate. He has coached multiple state finalists in both speech and debate and assisted dozens of students to make it to the national tournament. He has 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 ecstatic to teach Congressional Debate at CDC this year and looks forward to helping students to communicate their beliefs and hone their craft.
Instructor - Congressional Debate
Julia Bray competed in Congressional Debate and US Extemporaneous Speaking at Gahanna Lincoln High School for three years. She was a three-year state qualifier in Congress and district champion in USX her junior and senior years. During her senior year, she placed fourth at the state tournament in Congress and qualified for nationals in both events. She now coaches Congress and Extemp at Gahanna. She is currently studying politics, philosophy, and economics at Ohio State University. Julia believes the skills learned in these events are valuable to any career field, and she is very excited to be a CDC instructor this year!
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!