CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Forensics (speech and debate) Team attended the 46th Annual Smelt Classic Invitational at Lower Columbia College, in Longview, Wash., on Dec. 1-2, 3018.
The tournament, which draws national level competition from inside and outside the Northwest, featured over a dozen schools, including: Western Washington University, Bellingham; the University of Oregon, Eugene; and University of North Texas, Denton.
Senior Kaden Meyers, a Political Science major from Sandy, took first place in Open IPDA Debate and placed third in Open Extemporaneous Speaking. He also competed in Open Impromptu Speaking. Senior Austin Carsh, a Political Science major from Tigard, was a semifinalist and second best speaker in Open IPDA Debate. He also competed in Open Impromptu Speaking and Open Extemporaneous Speaking. Senior Jocelyn Conroy, a Chemistry Major from Omaha, Neb., placed first in Junior Impromptu Speaking and also competed in Junior IPDA Debate. Senior Taryn Sokoloski, a Speech Communication major from Pendleton, placed second in Novice Impromptu Speaking and was a quarterfinalist in Novice IPDA Debate.
Junior Uwe Keist, a Political Science major from Corvallis, placed second in Open Impromptu Speaking and third in Open Extemporaneous Speaking. He also competed in Open IPDA Debate. Sophomore Victoria Elligsen, a History/Anthropology major from Nehalem, placed first in Novice Impromptu and was third best speaker in Novice IPDA Debate and. Freshman Brandy Quach, a pre-Engineering student from Portland, placed sixth in Novice Impromptu Speaking and competed in Novice IPDA Debate. Suhas Shastry of Shimoga, India, a graduate student studying statistics, was a non-advancing quarterfinalist in Novice IPDA Debate. He also competed in Novice Impromptu Speaking. Freshman Simon Millsap, a double major in Mathematics and Business Information Systems from Portland, competed in Novice IPDA Debate and Novice Impromptu Speaking. And, in an amazing and rare feat, Sokoloski, Quach, Shastry, and Millsap were in an unbreakable four-way tie for fourth best speaker in Novice IPDA debate.
As a result of these outstanding wins, the team took fourth place in the overall tournament sweepstakes.
“It is truly impressive how great the team did this past weekend,” said Mark Porrovecchio, direct of the team. “To see seasoned competitors and talented newcomers do this well is humbling for me as a coach.”
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.
“The team has experienced impressive growth this season,” said Porrovecchio. “What hasn’t changed is the degree to which the team members help each other. These results speak to that supportive environment. ”
Celebrating its 126th 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 email@example.com.
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Pictured: (l-r, back row) Brandy Quach, Taryn Sokoloski, and Victoria Elligsen; (l-r, front row) Jocelyn Conroy, Suhas Shastry, Austin Carsh, Kaden Meyers, Uwe Keist, Evan Meyers, and Simon Millsap.