Maggie Powers ’14 caught the speech and debate bug while in high school in Fresno. After learning that Saint Mary’s College had one of the top debate programs in the country, she applied to the College, auditioned for and won one of the coveted spots on the team. Maggie arrived on campus one week prior to freshman year to participate in debate camp. On top of her full academic schedule, Maggie devotes time to research for twice-weekly practices.
In Maggie’s specialty, parliamentary debate, she and her partner are given their topic and have 20 minutes to research and formulate their argument before competing. She participated in eight tournaments as a freshman, traveling throughout the west, debating the constitutionality of health care reform, the United States’ role in Libya, strategies to provide food worldwide and nuclear energy.
Maggie is thriving at Saint Mary’s, thanks to the John and Enid Macken Forensics Annual Scholarship. “None of this would be possible without this scholarship,” she says. “ I have learned how to think critically, think on my feet, speak publicly and express my views in class. My future plans include volunteer work in the Peace Corps and then law school. I look forward to donating to Saint Mary’s in the future. I would like to do for others what the Mackens have done for me.”