Oregon State University’s Forensics (speech and debate) Team attended the American Forensics Association’s (AFA) National Individual Events Tournament (NIET) Qualifying Competition, hosted by Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Ore., Feb. 28-29, 2020.
The qualifier, which brings together colleges and universities in the Northwest (Division II) region, is the final competition before schools turn their attention to national tournaments.
Freshman Megan Baus, an engineering student from Salem, took first place in dramatic interpretation and third place in program oral interpretation; freshman Tasha Robinson, a public health major from Hillsboro, took first place in prose interpretation; freshman Milan Donhowe, a computer science major from Portland, took third place in impromptu speaking; sophomore Theresa Mai, a psychology major from Portland, placed sixth in Impromptu Speaking.
“I am so delighted to see so many of our new students doing so well,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team. “This tournament is a perfect end to the regular season.”
Also attending the tournament were Senior Victoria Elligsen, a history/anthropology major from Nehalem, who competed in impromptu speaking; junior Sachin Betrabet, a computer science major from Corvallis, who participated in extemporaneous speaking; sophomore Tegan Kennedy, a psychology major from Huntington Beach, Calif., who competed in impromptu speaking; and sophomore Kaitlyn Blake, a management major from Walnut Creek, Calif.
The team was coached by graduate assistant Kaden Meyers of Sandy. Meyers, a former student competitor for OSU, who is now working on an MAIS degree in the Speech Communication area of the School of Arts and Communication.
Celebrating its 126th season, OSU Forensics is one of the oldest clubs on campus and has representation on the Performing Arts Student Advisory 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 Mark Porrovecchio.Pictured: (back, l-r) Sachin Betrabet, Milan Donhowe, Kaden Meyers, Megan Baus, Tasha Robinson; (front, l-r) Theresa Mai, Victoria Elligsen, Kaitlyn Blake, Anna Heslinga, Tegan Kennedy.