Oregon State University’s Forensics (speech and debate) Team attended the annual Steve Hunt Forensics Classic at Lewis and Clark College, in Portland, Ore., Oct. 7-9.
The tournament, which draws national-level competition to the Northwest, featured schools such as Boise State University; Whitworth University, Spokane, Wash.; and The University of Texas at Tyler. It was the first official tournament of the season for the Northwest Forensics Conference (NFC), featured hundreds of individual event and debate entries.
Sophomore Austin Carsh, a Political Science major from Tigard, was a quarterfinalist in Open IPDA debate. He also competed in Open Impromptu Speaking.
“This is always a quick turnaround for us,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team. “Our students have less than two weeks to prepare for a national caliber tournament right in our backyard. Given that, Carsh’s success in debate—competing against 26 other top students—is impressive.”
Carsh was joined by several new and returning students. Sophomore Kaden Meyers, a physics major from Sandy, competed in Open Impromptu Speaking and Open IPDA Debate. Junior Nicole Lemieux, a political science major from Hillsboro, competed in Open Prose Interpretation, Open Poetry Interpretation, and Open Program Oral Interpretation. Also attending the tournament were Senior Evan Steele, a computer science major from Concord, Calif.; and Junior Benjamin Richards, a computer science major from Eugene.
The team was coached by graduate assistant Stephanie Saracco of Clackamas. Saracco is a student in the MAIS program in speech communication within the School of Arts and Communication.
“This is a rebuilding year for us,” said Porrovecchio. “But we have a perfect mix of talented returning students and motivated newcomers.”
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.