Monday, February 14, 2022


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Forensics (speech and debate) Team hosted the 2022 Speakeasy Forensics Tournament on Feb. 12-13, 2022. The competition was held virtually this year due to Covid-19.

“Tasha and Simon represent what is best about this team,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team. “The great thing is, their peers on the team celebrate their successes alongside them.”

The tournament, a regional favorite, featured over a dozen schools from inside and outside the Northwest Forensics Conference (NFC), including Whitworth University, Spokane, Wash., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge; Patrick Henry College, Purcellville, Va.; and Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro.

Also competing at the tournament were Senior Anna Heslinga, an Environmental Science major from Salem, who was entered in Open Impromptu Speaking and Open IPDA Debate; and Senior Kaitlyn Blake, a Management major from Walnut Creek, Calif., who was entered in Open IPDA Debate. Junior Megan Baus, a Chemical Engineering major from Salem, also attended to support her peers. 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.

“It is always nice to host other institutions at OSU,” continued Porrovecchio. “The benefit of the virtual format is that we were able to welcome more schools from outside the Northwest this year.”

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

Mark Porrovecchio
205 Shepard Hall


Photo (from left to right): Anna Heslinga, Megan Baus, Simon Millsap, and Tasha Robinson enjoying a break between rounds in front of Shepard Hall. Not pictured: Kaitlyn Blake.