Monday, December 4, 2017

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Forensics (speech and debate) Team attended the 45th Annual Smelt Classic Invitational at Lower Columbia College, in Longview, Wash., on Dec. 2-3, 3017.

The tournament, which draws national level competition from inside and outside the Northwest, featured nearly a dozen schools, including: Western Washington University, Bellingham; the University of Oregon, Eugene; and California State University, San Bernardino.

The team’s impressive results started off with Junior Kaden Meyers, a Political Science major from Sandy. He was the best speaker and a first place in Open IPDA Debate, fourth place in Open Impromptu Speaking, fifth place in Open Extemporaneous Speaking. Sophomore Uwe Keist, a Political Science major from Corvallis, was first place in Novice Impromptu Speaking. He also competed in Novice IPDA Debate.

The team’s wins continued with two newcomers to forensics. Senior Taryn Sokoloski, a Speech Communication major from Pendleton, was third best speaker and a semifinalist in Novice IPDA Debate. She also competed in Novice Impromptu Speaking. Freshman Mackenzie Karnstein, an Environmental Sciences major from Portland, was a semifinalist in Novice IPDA Debate. She also competed in Novice Impromptu Speaking.

“Meyers and Keist continue to impress,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team.  “But it was equally gratifying to see Sokoloski and Karnstein achieve success in debate.”

The team was coached by graduate assistant Evan Steele of Concord, Calif. Steele is a MAIS student in the Speech Communication area of the School of Arts and Communication.

“It is wonderful to end the first half of the season on such a high note,” said Porrovecchio. “I am really looking forward to what the team will accomplish in 2018.”

Celebrating its 125th season, OSU Forensics is one of the oldest clubs on campus and a member of the Performing Arts 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 Porrovecchio at


Mark Porrovecchio

205 Shepard Hall`


Pictured (l-r): Mackenzie Karnstein, Kaden Meyers, Uwe Keist, Taryn Sokoloski, and Evan Steele.