Group photo of the OSU Forensics Team at Lewis and Clark College

15 October 2018

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Forensics (speech and debate) Team attended the annual Steve Hunt Forensics Classic at Lewis and Clark College, in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 12-14.

The tournament, which draws national-level competition to the Northwest, featured more than a dozen schools, including: Boise State University, Idaho; Whitworth University, Spokane, Wash.; and the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. The competition, the first official tournament of the season for the Northwest Forensics Conference (NFC), featured hundreds of individual event and debate entries.

Senior Taryn Sokoloski, a Speech Communication major from Pendleton, took first place in Novice Impromptu Speaking. She also competed in Novice IPDA Debate. Senior Kaden Meyers, a Political Science major from Sandy, was a quarterfinalist in Open IPDA Debate. He also competed in Open Impromptu Speaking and Open Extemporaneous Speaking. Senior Jocelyn Conroy, a Chemistry Major from Omaha, Neb., was a quarterfinalist in Junior IPDA Debate. She also competed in Junior Impromptu Speaking.

“This tournament gets the season off to a fast and competitive start,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team.  “To watch Sokoloski, Meyers, and Conroy do well against top students is truly gratifying.”

Other team members attending the tournament included: Senior Austin Carsh, a Political Science major from Tigard, who competed in Open IPDA Debate, Open Impromptu Speaking, and Open Extemporaneous Speaking; Junior Uwe Keist, a Political Science major from Corvallis, who competed in Open IPDA Debate, Open Impromptu Speaking, and Open Extemporaneous Speaking; and Suhas Shastry of Shimoga, India, a graduate student studying statistics. The team was coached by graduate assistant Evan Steele of Concord, Calif. Steele is a MAIS student in the Speech Communication area of the School of Arts and Communication.

“The team is really looking forward to this season,” said Porrovecchio. “Based on our performance at Lewis and Clark, I think there are a lot more wins in store for us.”

Celebrating its 126th 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): Suhas Shastry, Evan Steele, Austin Carsh, Kaden Meyers, Jocelyn Conroy, Taryn Sokoloski, and Uwe Keist.