Monday, January 25, 2021

OSU forensics team notches success in Viking Invitational tournament

Source: Mark Porrovecchio,

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University forensics team attended the Western Washington Viking Invitational Tournament, hosted virtually by Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington January 22-24. 

The Viking Invitational was the final designated competition of the season for the Northwest Forensics Conference and drew teams from colleges and universities from throughout the region and beyond, including Carroll College (Helena, Montana), Whitworth University (Spokane, Wash.), the University of Alaska, Anchorage and the University of North Texas (Denton, Texas). 

“This has been a unique season,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team.  “But I think the team is thriving under the circumstances.”

Third year student Kaitlyn Blake, a management major from Walnut Creek, Calif., took fourth place in Open Impromptu Speaking and also completed in the Open IPDA Debate. Second year student Tasha Robinson, a public health major from Hillsboro, Ore. was a quarter-finalist in the Open IPDA Debate.

“I am so happy for Kaitlyn and Tasha,” continued Porrovecchio. “They are great representatives of OSU. I am also delighted to see our team members supporting each other.”

Other OSU students competing in the tournament included Theresa Mai, a psychology major from Portland who competed in Junior Impromptu Speaking; representing OSU in the Open IPDA Debate were Milan Donhowe, a computer science major from Portland; Brandy Quach, a civil engineering major; and Simon Millsap, a business information systems major from Portland. Anna Heslinga, an environmental science major from Salem, attended the event to assist her peers.

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

Now celebrating its 128th season, OSU forensics is one of the oldest clubs on campus and is 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 Mark Porrovecchio at:

Photo: The team taking a ‘virtual’ break between rounds. Top row (l-r): Anna Heslinga; Simon Milsap; and Tasha Robinson. Middle row (l-r): Milan Donhowe; Kaitlyn Blake; and Brandy Quach. Bottom row: Kaden Meyers.