Monday, October 24, 2016

Pirate-Boxer Rebellion Forensics Tournament

Oregon State University’s Forensics (speech and debate) Team attended the annual Pirate-Boxer Rebellion Forensics Tournament, in Forest Grove, Ore., on Oct. 22-23. The tournament was co-hosted by Whitworth University, Spokane, Wash.

The swing tournament, which provides two tournaments in one weekend, featured other schools such as Lewis and Clark College, Portland; the College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls; and Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Tex. The tournament was the second of the 2016-2017 season.

On Saturday, Junior Nicole Lemieux, a political science major from Hillsboro, Ore., took second place in both Open Prose Interpretation and Open Poetry Interpretation and competed in Open Program Oral Interpretation. On Sunday, Lemieux took second in Open Prose and third in Open Poetry. Sophomore Kaden Meyers, a physics major from Sandy, was eighth best speaker and a semi-finalist in Open IPDA Debate and competed in Open Impromptu Speaking. Sophomore Austin Carsh, a political science major from Tigard, was an octofinalist in Open IPDA debate and competed in Open Impromptu Speaking. Sophomore Gunnar Resch, a chemistry major from Portland, took second place in Novice IPDA and competed in Novice Impromptu Speaking.

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

“The results this weekend speak to the dedication of these students,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team.  “They support each other, focus on the educational aspects of forensics, and the competitive rewards are a great by-product.”

Also representing OSU was Benjamin Richards, a junior in computer science from Eugene, who competed in Novice IPDA and Novice Impromptu Speaking; Senior Evan Steele, a computer science major from Concord, Calif.; and Sophomore Jocelyn Conroy, a chemistry major from Omaha, Neb.

The team was coached by Graduate Assistant Stephanie Saracco of Clackamas. Saracco a master's degree 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): Evan Steele, Austin Carsh, Benjamin Richards, Jocelyn Conroy, Kaden Meyers, Nicole Lemieux, Gunnar Resch, and Stephanie Saracco.