Monday, January 18, 2021

OSU Forensics Scores Virtual Wins at Great Salt Lake Invitational

18 January 2021

Source: Mark Porrovecchio, 541-737-8230,

CORVALLIS,  Ore. – The Oregon State University forensics team scored several wins at the Great Salt Lake Invitational Debate Tournament, held virtually on January 16, 2021. The event was hosted by the University of Utah. 

The tournament drew nearly two dozen schools from across the United States, including the University of Texas at El Paso, the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of South Carolina, Columbia. 

In the Open IPDA Debate, second year student Tasha Robinson, a public health major from Hillsboro, Ore., took second place; second year student Milan Donhowe, a computer science major from Portland, was a semifinalist; and third year student Kaitlyn Blake, a management major from Walnut Creek, Calif., was a quarterfinalist. 

Also competing in the Open IPDA Debate was third year student Brandy Quach, a civil engineering major. Theresa Mai, a psychology major from Portland, Anna Heslinga, an environmental science majuor from Salem and Simon Millsap, a business information systems major from Pottland attended the event to assist their peers.

The team was coached by graduate assistant Kaden Meyers of Sandy, a former competitor for OSU now enrolled in the MAIS program in the OSU School of Arts and Communication. 

 “I am delighted with the results,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team. “Our students are thriving under difficult circumstances. What’s more, they continue to support each other in this unique environment.”

 “Our team is making the most of the virtual format,” continued Porrovecchio.  “We continue to hold twice weekly Zoom meetings. We have at least two more tournaments, one regional and one national. All of us want to get back to face-to-face competition. That said, I am committed to making the most of the situation we find ourselves in.”

Celebrating its 128th 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: