Monday, October 24, 2022


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Forensics (speech and debate) Team attended the Jim McPherson Speech and Debate Classic on October 22-23, 2022, at Whitworth University, Spokane, Wash.
Senior Megan Baus, an Ecological Engineering major from Salem, was a finalist in both Open Poetry Interpretation and Open Program Oral Interpretation. Junior Madeline Braun, a Vocal Performance major from Missoula, Mont., was a quarterfinalist and fourth best speaker in Open IPDA Debate. She also competed in Open Impromptu Speaking
“Megan is really coming into her own as a performer,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team. “And Madeline is demonstrating continued growth as a debater. It is nice to see our team represented so well in both speech and debate.”

The tournament featured schools from across the greater Northwest Forensics Conference (NFC), including Weber State University, Ogden, Utah; Linfield University, McMinnville; Lower Columbia College, Longview, Wash.; and Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho.

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.

“This was our second in-person tournament since the pandemic,” continued Porrovecchio.  “Whitworth hosted a great tournament, and our students had a wonderful time.”

Celebrating its 130th 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 (l-r): Madeline Braun and Megan Baus enjoying a break at the Whitworth tournament.