Monday, November 20, 2017


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Forensics (speech and debate) Team attended the Greater Portland Intercollegiate Debate League (GPIDL) IPDA debate tournament at Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, Ore., on Nov. 18, 2017.

The tournament, which provides local colleges and universities from Washington and Oregon with a chance to compete in debate, featured schools that included Lower Columbia Community College, Longview, Wash.

Junior Kaden Meyers, a Political Science major from Sandy, took first place in Open IPDA Debate. He was also best overall Open speaker. Sophomore Uwe Keist, a Political Science major from Corvallis, was the best speaker in Novice IPDA Debate.

“Meyers and Keist continue to impress,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team. “It is gratifying to see a seasoned competitor and a talented newcomer do so well.”

Meyers and Keist were joined by Freshman Cooper Nicolaysen, a physics major from Eugene. 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.

“GPIDL tournaments are a recent addition to the region,” continued Porrovecchio.  “They provide a nice additional option for competition that students really enjoy.”

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

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Pictured (l-r): Uwe Keist, Kaden Meyers, Evean Steele, and Cooper Nicolaysen.