Wednesday, October 27, 2021

OSU Forensics finds success at Boxer Rebellion Tournament October 23

27 October 2021

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Forensics (speech and debate) Team attended the Boxer Rebellion Forensics Tournament hosted virtually by Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. on October 23.

Tasha Robinson, a third year public health major from Hillsboro, took fifth place in Open Impromptu Speaking; second year student Madeline Braun, a voice performance major from Missoula, Montana, placed second in Novice Impromptu Speaking; and senior Anna Heslinga, an environmental science major from Salem, took fourth place in Novice Impromptu Speaking.

 “Robinson continues to impress,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team. “It was also wonderful to see Braun and Heslinga do so well.”

The tournament, a regional favorite, featured schools from the Northwest Forensics Conference (NFC), including Whitworth University (Spokane, Wash.), Lower Columbia College (Longview, Wash.) and Lewis and Clark College (Portland).

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

“Though tournaments are still virtual, students are excited about working together as a team,” continued Porrovecchio.  “These early successes have them anticipating the rest of the season.”

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): Anna Heslinga, Tasha Robinson, and Madeline Braun.