Clackamas resident earns top spot in forensics championship


CORVALLIS - An Oregon State University freshman from Clackamas helped propel the university's forensics team to its first team championship at the National Forensics Association championships at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

Mike Kingsella, a speech communication major, joined two other OSU team members in the victory in the National Individual Events Championships. The win comes on the heels of a top-25 finish at the National Parliamentary Debate Association Championships earlier this year.

Kingsella's teammates included OSU senior Renee Rider, a fisheries and wildlife major from Phoenix, Ariz., and junior Kathy LaVeine, a speech communication major from Tigard.

The team won the Division III National Championship by beating Tennessee State by two and one-half points and defeating teams such as American University, Columbia, Howard, Colorado State and 38 other schools.