Wednesday, November 17, 2021

OSU Forensics Notches More Wins at regional Mahaffey Memorial Tournament

15 November 2021

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Forensics (speech and debate) Team notched more victories at the 91st annual Mahaffey Memorial Forensics Tournament, hosted virtually by Linfield University in McMinnville, Ore. from Nov. 12-14.

Senior Simon Millsap, a business information systems major from Portland, was sixth place in Open Impromptu Speaking and an octofinalist in Open IPDA Debate. Sophomore Madeline Braun, a vocal performance major from Missoula, Montana, was first place in Novice Impromptu Speaking, second best speaker and a quarterfinalist in Junior IPDA Debate. Junior Tasha Robinson, a public health major from Hillsboro, was second best speaker and a quarterfinalist in Open IPDA Debate, and also competed in Open Impromptu Speaking.

“Millsap and Robinson are leading by example,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team. “Equally impressive is the fact that this is only Braun’s second collegiate tournament.”

The tournament, the second of three regional designated tournaments sanctioned by the Northwest Forensics Conference (NFC), featured dozens of schools including Whitworth University, Spokane, Wash.; Weber State University, Ogden, Utah; and Boise State University, Boise, Idaho.

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.

“This is one of the most competitive starts for our team in recent memory,” continued Porrovecchio. “These students are wonderful representatives of OSU.”

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:

Photo (from left to right): Madeline Braun, Tasha Robinson, and Simon Millsap enjoying OSU’s fall colors between rounds.