Sophomore Audrianah Shavrnoch won the Ohio State debate tournament and placed second at the Otterbein tournament all within the same weekend. Audrianah competed against 16 other students from six different schools and debated the topic of granting the State Department more control over foreign policy in Latin America.

Involved in her high school's debate team, Audrianah was introduced to CMU's Debate Program by her high school coach who also debated for CMU.  Audrianah is studying Business and Political Science and she hopes to attend law school after graduating from CMU.  

Bainbridge Scully, a sophomore majoring in Law and Economics got sixth speaker in the Otterbein Debate Tournament and also competed against 16 students from six different schools.   Bainbridge debated the topic of removing military bases from Latin America.  With the goal of practicing law in the future, Bainbridge was encouraged by Dr. Joe Packer, to become involved with the university's debate team.  Bainbridge shared, "Once I tried debate I ended up loving it!"  

The CMU Speech and Debate squad, led by Communication and Dramatic Arts faculty member Dr. Joe Packer, competes nationwide and is open to students of all disciplines.


(Left to Right: Dr. Joe Packer; Audrianah Shavrnoch, Bainy Scully, Danny Province‚Äč)