Tuesday, October 31, 2023


CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University’s Forensics (speech and debate) Team attended the Jim McPherson Speech and Debate Classic on October 28-29, 2023, at Whitworth University, Spokane, Wash.

Senior Megan Baus, an Ecological Engineering major from Salem, took third place in both Open Program Oral Interpretation and Open Poetry Interpretation. Senior Emerson Pearson, a Political Science major from Beaverton, took second place in Novice Impromptu Speaking and also competed in Novice IPDA Debate.

“I am proud of how well Megan and Emerson did,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team. “They are both incredibly talented students.”

The tournament featured a dozen schools from across the greater Northwest Forensics Conference (NFC), including Pacific University, Forest Grove; Utah State University, Logan; Lower Columbia College, Longview, Wash.; and Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho.

Junior Rayna Voltin, a Biology major from Silverton, also attended the tournament and competed in Novice Impromptu Speaking and Novice IPDA Debate. The team was coached by assistant coach Tasha Robinson from Hillsboro. Robinson is a former student competitor for OSU and a current MAIS graduate student in the Speech Communication area of the School of Communication.

“These wins are a group effort,” continued Porrovecchio.  “The team members are very supportive of each other.”

Celebrating its 131st 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@oregonstate.edu.

Mark Porrovecchio
205 Shepard Hall

Photo (from left to right): Rayna Voltin, Megan Baus, and Emerson Pearson take a break from competition on the campus of Whitworth University.