Ciara Pritschet has traveled over 1,200 miles from Brainerd, Minnesota to embrace her passion for debate, which started 14 years ago. She has been involved in debate in one way or another since the 8th grade, and has carried that interest and involvement through her time at St. Cloud State University, where she graduated with a B.A. in sociology. After assisting the Brainerd debate team, Ciara spent a year in Dublin, Ireland at University College Dublin where she graduated cum laude with a Master’s degree in sociology.

After obtaining her degree, Ciara traveled to Birmingham, Alabama to serve as an AmeriCorps Member last  year, where in addition to vision screenings and tax preparations, she acted as one of the Phillips Middle School debate coaches.

In her free time, Ciara enjoys reading, writing, learning history, and knitting, having taught herself how to spin and dye yarn.