Monday, October 11, 2021

OSU Forensics begins 2021-2022 season on a high note at Lewis & Clark Tournament

11 October 2021

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Forensics (speech and debate team) begin the season on a high note at the Steve Hunt Classic, hosted virtually by Lewis and Clark College in Portland on October 9-10.

Tasha Robinson, a third year public health major from Hillsboro, was an octofinalist and 10th best speaker in the Open IPDA Debate. Fourth year student Simon Millsap, a business information systems major from Portland, was a double-octofinalist in the Open IPDA Debate.

“I am so proud of Robinson  and Millsap,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team. “This was a great start to the new season.”

Over fifty institutions from across the United States were represented in the tournament, including Boise State University (Boise, Ida.), the University of Central Florida (Orlando, Fla.) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Ga.)

 “I am so proud of Robinson and Millsap,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team. “This is a great start to the new season.”

The tournament featured over fifty schools from across the United States, including Boise State University, Idaho; the University of Central Florida, Orlando; and Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.

Also competing in the Open IPDA Debate was Milan Donhowe, a third year computer science major from Portland. Katilyn Blake, a management major from Walnut Creek, California attended the event to support her peers.

The team was coached by assistant coach Kaden Meyers of Sandy, Ore. Meyers is a former student competitor for OSU and a recent MAIS graduate the speech communication area of OSU’s School of Communication.

 “This was the first tournament since March 2020 where students were able to work together in person,” continued Porrovecchio.  “And I know that they appreciate in-person practices too. It is great that things are slowly returning to normal.”

About OSU Forensics: Celebrating its 129th season, OSU Forensics is one of the oldest clubs on campus and a member of the Performing Arts Board in the School of 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

Photo (from left to right): Milan Donhowe, Kaitlyn Blake, Tasha Robinson, and Simon Millsap in front of Shepard Hall between rounds.