Oregon State University’s Forensics (speech and debate) Team hosted the 11th Annual Earl Wells Memorial Speakeasy forensics tournament on campus on February 18-19.
The tournament featured over a dozen schools from across the Northwest Forensics Conference (NFC), including Boise State University, Idaho; the University of Portland; and Whitworth University, Spokane, Wash. It is the last major tournament of the season before the team heads to the Pi Kappa Delta (PKD) Comprehensive National Tournament at Boise State in March.
“We are always proud to host the region’s best,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team. “Other schools come away from the tournament with a positive impression of OSU.”
Sophomore Austin Carsh, a political science major from Tigard, was a quarterfinalist in Open IPDA debate. He also competed in Open Impromptu Speaking and Open Extemporaneous Speaking. Sophomore Kaden Meyers, a physics major from Sandy, was third best speaker in Open IPDA debate. He also competed in Open Impromptu Speaking and Open Extemporaneous Speaking.
“The wins by Carsh and Meyers are a tribute to the team,” said Porrovecchio. “And the team put in a group effort supporting him, the tournament, and each other.”
Also participating were Junior Michaela Martin, a speech communication major from Lebanon, who competed in Novice IPDA debate and Novice Impromptu Speaking. Sophomore Gunnar Resch, a chemistry major from Portland, competed in Novice IPDA debate and Novice Impromptu Speaking. Sophomore Jocelyn Conroy, a chemistry major from Omaha, Neb., competed in Novice IPDA debate and Novice Impromptu speaking. Senior team member Nicole Lemieux, a Political Science major from Hillsboro, also attended but did not compete.
The team was coached by graduate assistant Stephanie Saracco of Clackamas. Saracco is a MAIS student in the speech c`ommunication area of the School of Arts and Communication. The team was assisted by senior Evan Steele, a computer science major from Concord, Calif., and team alumni Forest Ledbetter, of Albany, Ore. In addition, graduate teaching assistants in speech communication helped with judging throughout the weekend.
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 Mark Porrovecchio.
Pictured (from 1-r): Evan Steele, Jocelyn Conroy, Michaela Martin, Nicole Lemieux, Kaden Meyers, Gunnar Resch, and Austin Carsh (not pictured: Stephanie Saracco).