Tigard resident earns top spot in national forensics match


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

Kathy LaVeine, 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.

LaVeine's teammates included OSU senior Renee Rider, a fisheries and wildlife major from Phoenix, Ariz., and freshman Mike Kingsella, a speech communication major from Clackamas.

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.

Both LaVeine and Rider are forensics veterans who traveled with the OSU team last year to the International Forensics Association Championships in Rome, Italy. In Rome, LaVeine captured the world title for top individual "persuasive speaker" and then teamed with Rider to take second place in parliamentary debate.