Monday, March 19, 2018

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Forensics (speech and debate) Team attended the 28th Annual International Forensics Association (IFA) forensics tournament in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on March 12-16, 2018.

The tournament is focused on providing American schools with a chance to extend their competitive, cultural, and educational charters beyond stateside events. It featured schools from across the country, including Texas Southern University, Houston; Casper College, Wyoming, Los Positas College, Livermore, Calif.; the University of Utah, Salt Lake City; and regional school Pacific University, Forest Grove.

Junior Kaden Meyers, a Political Science major from Sandy, took first place in Open IPDA Debate. He was also a semi-finalist in both Open Impromptu Speaking and Open Extemporaneous Speaking, and fifth place in the Canadian Nuance Event.

“Meyers’s incredible success marks the best showing we have had since we started going to this international tournament,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team.  “This is an honor for him, the team, and the university. To do this well against so many strong competitors takes a lot of effort.”

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. Steele also competed with Meyers in the nuance event, which is designed each year to highlight the cultural significance of the country/city that hosts the tournament. This year’s nuance event spotlighted the history of Canadian comedy.

“Two years ago, as an undergraduate, Steele took second place at this tournament,” said Porrovecchio. “It is nice to have him back again, not only competing but coaching for the team.”

Celebrating its 125th 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


Mark Porrovecchio

205 Shepard Hall`


Pictured (l-r): Kaden Meyers and Evan Steele at the IFA Awards Ceremony hosted at Portus 360 in downtown Montreal, Canada.