OSU forensics team ends 2009 with impressive showing


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s forensics rounded out the first term with a solid showing at the 79th Annual Mahaffey Memorial Speech and Debate Tournament at Linfield College recently, taking home a third place Division II sweepstakes award.

The tournament featured more than 25 schools from around the country, including the University of Reno-Nevada, Pacific Lutheran University, and The College of Idaho.

“We are going into the holiday break with our best record in the last five years,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team. “The wins are the result of dedicated returning students and talented newcomers.”

The list of wins started with individual speech events:

  • David Kubota, of Forest Grove, took second place in open impromptu speaking;
  • Loni Sturm, of Albany, took fifth place in open persuasive speaking;
  • Afina Neunzert, of Tigard, took fifth place in junior impromptu speaking;
  • Antonio DiMicco, of Hillsboro, took second place in junior persuasive speaking;
  • Patrick Purvis, of Beaverton, took third place in novice persuasive speaking and was a semi-finalist in novice impromptu speaking;
  • Dalicia Fennell, of Sutherlin, took second place in novice impromptu speaking; and
  • Chandra Garver, of Portland, was a semi-finalist in novice impromptu speaking;

The team’s impressive performance continued with IPDA debate:

  • Kubota was named best speaker and a semi-finalist.
  • Daniel Meiwes, of Corvallis, was second best speaker in open debate.
  • Forest Ledbetter, of Sheridan, was fourth best speaker in open debate.
  • Neunzert took first place in novice IPDA debate; and
  • Johnathan Ngo  was third best speaker and a semi-finalist in novice debate.