OSU forensics team scores at Air Force Academy competition


CORVALLIS - Oregon State University forensics veterans champions Kathy LaVeine and Tom Sharpton set the pace for their team with the only undefeated record in preliminary rounds out of 67 teams at a recent U.S. Air Force Academy forensics competition.

"We had an excellent showing at the Air Force Academy," said Trischa Goodnow, OSU associate professor of speech communication and director of forensics. The Colorado Springs tournament was one of the largest and toughest regular season events this year, she added.

Junior team members Jon Barbur and Kalan Guiley also put in an impressive showing with a 5-1 record in preliminary rounds and emerged from the preliminaries seeded third, Goodnow said. Barbur is a sophomore in business and Guiley is a sophomore in pre-engineering.

In individual events, LaVeine, a senior speech communication and international business major, won impromptu speaking, beating out about 60 other competitors. She also placed third in persuasive speaking, completing the rigorous qualification standards for nationals in that event.

Sharpton, a sophomore in biochemical engineering, and Guiley, each placed in the final round of extemporaneous speaking in their respective divisions.

"Out of the 40 schools who attended the competition, Oregon State University placed 11th, an impressive finish for such a small entry of four students," Goodnow said.

The next competition for the team is the World Universities Debating Championships in Glasgow, Scotland at the end of December. LaVeine and Sharpton will represent OSU at the tournament, Goodnow said.