Monday, January 15, 2024


CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University’s Forensics (speech and debate) Team attended the Great Salt Lake Invitational & UTEP Individual Events Classic, held on the campus of the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, on Jan. 13-14, 2024. The ‘swing’ event, which featured two complete tournaments in one weekend, was cohosted by the University of Texas, El Paso. This was the first time that OSU attended this event in person.

Senior Megan Baus, an Ecological Engineering major from Salem, took third place in Open Program Oral Interpretation and was fifth in Open Poetry Interpretation. Junior Rayna Voltin, a Biology major from Silverton, was a quarterfinalist in Open IPDA Debate and took fifth place in Open Impromptu Speaking. Senior Emerson Pearson, a Political Science major from Beaverton, placed first in Open Impromptu Speaking and competed in Open IPDA Debate.

“It was nice to see everyone do so well,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team. “This was an excellent start to 2024 and the second half of the season.”

The tournament featured nearly twenty schools from across the country, including the University of Texas at Tyler; the College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls; the University of the Pacific, Stockton, Calif.; and Colorado College, Colorado Springs.

The team was coached by assistant coach Tasha Robinson from Hillsboro. Robinson is a former student competitor for OSU and a current MAIS graduate student in the Speech Communication area of the School of Communication.

“The weather was cold. The mountain views were spectacular. The two-day flight delay due to the storms was unfortunate,” continued Porrovecchio.  “But my students really enjoyed the experience of competing against schools from outside the Northwest Forensics Conference (NFC). U of U was a great host.”

Celebrating its 131st 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

Mark Porrovecchio
205 Shepard Hall

Photo (from left to right): Megan Baus, Rayna Voltin, and Emerson Pearson hanging out with the University of Utah’s Swoop between rounds