Tuesday, March 2, 2021

OSU Forensics team notches success at Pacific Southwest tournament Feb. 27-28 

Source: Mark Porrovecchio, mark.porrovecchio@oregonstate.edu

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Forensics Team found success at the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association tournament, held February 27-28. The competition, held virtually due to Covid-19, was hosted by Moorpark College in Moorpark, California. 

OSU second year student Tasha Robinson, a public health major from Hillsboro, took the gold medal in the Open IPDA Debate and also competed in the Open Impromptu Speaking. OSU senior Mikayla Heston, a kinesiology major from Boring, took third place in Junior Impromptu Speaking. The team scored second place in the limited entry sweepstakes category.

“It was wonderful having Tasha and Mikayla do so well,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team. “And the rest of those competing were there to lend support. This is a really selfless group of students that truly deserved the recognition of the sweepstakes award.”

Over thirty schools from across the United States competed in the tournament, including Northern Virginia Community College (Fairfax, Virginia), Glendale Community College (Glendale, Arizona) and California State University, Northridge (Northridge, Calif.).

Other OSU students competing included civil engineering major Brandy Quach, computer science major Milan Donhowe, management major Kaitlyn Blake and environmental science major Anna Heslinga. Simon Millsap, a business systems major, attended the event to assist the team.

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

“We have two more tournaments to go this season,” continued Porrovecchio.  “I know that the team is inspired by these results. I think we will end this year on a high note.”

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 mark.porrovecchio@oregonstate.edu.

Photo: OSU students taking a break between competition rounds.