Wednesday, March 24, 2021

OSU Forensics team ends season on high note at Pi Kappa Delta national tournament

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Forensics (speech and debate) Team attended the Pi Kappa Delta (PKD) National Comprehensive Tournament on March 18-21, 2021. The competition was held virtually due to Covid-19.

Second-year student Tasha Robinson, a public health major from Hillsboro, Ore. was an octofinalist and fifth best overall speaker in Open IPDA Debate. Third-year student Kaitlyn Blake, a management major from Walnut Creek, California, won an Excellence Award in Open Impromptu Speaking

“I am so proud of Robinson and Blake,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team. “I am also proud of the rest of the team, who always pitch in and support each other.”

The tournament featured dozens of schools from across the United States, including Boise State University (Boise, Idaho),Kansas Wesleyan University (Salina, Kansas), and the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Alabama).

Also attending the tournament were four-year students Ethan Liu, a psychology major from Corvallis, who competed in Junior IPDA Debate and Open Impromptu Speaking, and Sachin Betrabet, a computer science major from Corvallis, who competed in Open IPDA Debate and Open Impromptu Speaking. Third-year student Simon Millsap, a business information systems major from Portland, also attended to help and support his peers.

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

“This was an incredibly positive end to a unique and challenging season,” continued Porrovecchio.  “I know the whole team is appreciative of the opportunities we had this season. But now we are looking forward to what the 2021-2022 season will bring.”

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

Photo (clockwise, from top left): Ethan Liu, Tasha Robinson, Simon Millsap, Kaden Meyers and Sachin Betrabet taking a break between rounds.