Wednesday, October 25, 2017

23 October 2017

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Forensics (speech and debate) Team attended the McPherson Forensics Classic at Whitworth University, in Spokane, Wash., on Oct. 21-22.

The tournament, a recent edition to the Northwest Forensics Conference (NFC) tournament season, featured nearly a dozen schools, including: Boise State University; Carroll College, Helena, Mont.; and Azusa Pacific University, Calif.

Junior Kaden Meyers, a Political Science major from Sandy, was a finalist in Open Impromptu Speaking. He also competed in Open Extemporaneous Speaking and Open IPDA Debate. 

“Kaden’s successes this early in the season are the result of hard work,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team.  “What is equally impressive is the mentorship role he has taken on with the newer students on the team."

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. 

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 Mark Porrovecchio at

Pictured (l-r): team alumni Stephanie (Saracco) Gibbons, Kaden Meyers, and Evan Steele.