Sunday, November 6, 2016

Forensics - Longview

Oregon State University’s Forensics (speech and debate) Team attended the annual Smelt Classic Forensics Tournament in Longview, Wash., on Nov. 4.

The regional tournament featured schools such as Pacific University, Forest Grove; Clark College, Vancouver, Wash.; and Columbia Basin College, Pasco, Wash.

“This is one of our favorite tournaments of the season,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team.  “Lower Columbia has been hosting this tournament for over 40 years. It is a Northwest tradition.”

Sophomore Kaden Meyers, a physics major from Sandy, took first place and was best speaker in Open IPDA Debate. He also competed in Open Impromptu Speaking. Sophomore Austin Carsh, a political science major from Tigard, took second place and was second best speaker in Open IPDA debate, and won first place in Open Impromptu Speaking. Junior Nicole Lemieux, a political science major from Hillsboro, took second place in Open Prose Interpretation. She also competed in Open Poetry Interpretation and Open Program Oral Interpretation.

As a result of their impressive showing, the team took the first place overall sweepstakes for four year colleges and universities.

“These student wins speak to our team’s dedication to forensics,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team.  “They compete because of a love of learning and the success is a result. OSU is lucky to have such positive student representatives.”

Also attending the tournament was Sophomore Katherine DeMonnin, a Political Science major from Hillsboro. The team was coached by graduate assistant Stephanie Saracco of Clackamas. Saracco is a MAIS student in the Speech Communication area of the School of Arts and Communication.

Celebrating its 124th season, OSU Forensics is one of the oldest clubs on campus and a member of the Performing Arts Board in the School of Arts and Communication.  The team is open to all students in good academic standing regardless of experience or academic background.  If you are a student interested in participating, or a member of the community who would like to support the team, please contact Porrovecchio at

Pictured (l-r): Austin Carsh, Kaden Meyers, Nicole Lemieux, and Katherine DeMonnin