Monday, February 3, 2020

Oregon State University’s forensics (speech and debate) team attended the inaugural Coyote Howl Invitational forensics tournament at The College of Idaho, Caldwell, January 21 through February 2. The tournament featured nearly a dozen schools including: Boise State University, Idaho; the University of Utah, Salt Lake City; and Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.

Freshman Tasha Robinson, a public health major from Hillsboro, was a semifinalist in Open IPDA Debate and a finalist in open prose interpretation. Sophomore Kaitlyn Blake, a management major from Walnut Creek, Calif., was a finalist in open impromptu speaking and second best speaker in Junior IPDA Debate.

“It is nice to support a new tournament in this part of the Northwest Forensics Conference (NFC),” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team.  “It is even nicer when Robinson and Blake come away with hard fought wins against some schools with whom we don’t normally compete.”

Also attending the tournament were Sophomore Brandy Quach, a sociology and civil engineering major from Portland, who competed in junior Impromptu speaking and Junior IPDA Debate; Senior Ethan Liu, a psychology major from Corvallis, who competed in Junior IPDA Debate and junior impromptu speaking; and Senior Uwe Keist, a political science major from Corvallis, who competed in Open IPDA Debate and open impromptu speaking.

The team was coached by graduate assistant Kaden Meyers of Sandy, Ore. Meyers, a former student competitor for OSU, is now a MAIS student in the speech communication area of the School of Arts and Communication.

“We are going to take these results and use them as we move towards the end of the regular season,” said Porrovecchio. “That’s the great thing about this team; they are constantly learning and helping each other improve.”

Celebrating its 127th 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

Pictured (l-r): Kaitlyn Blake, Tasha Robinson, Brandy Quach, Uwe Keist, Ethan Liu, and Kaden Meyers.