CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University's forensics team continued a season of successes at the Western States Communication Association annual forensic tournament hosted by the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., over the weekend.

The tournament featured more than 15 schools from the Northwest, including the University of Montana, Pacific Lutheran University, and Seattle Pacific University.

"This was an excellent group of seasoned veterans and talented newcomers," said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team.

The team's wins were also the result of a focus on individual events at this tournament. David Kubota (Forest Grove) took second place in program oral interpretation, third in open prose interpretation, fourth in open after-dinner speaking, and sixth place in open persuasive speaking. Forest Ledbetter (Sheridan) took sixth place in open after-dinner speaking. Morgan Mansker (Sisters) took sixth place in open prose interpretation. Daniel Meiwes (Corvallis) took fifth place in junior impromptu speaking. Afina Neunzert (Tigard) took third place in open persuasive speaking and first in junior impromptu speaking. Antonio DiMicco (Hillsboro) was a semi-finalist in open persuasive speaking.

The travel team was rounded out by Dalicia Fennell of Sutherlin, Chandra Garver of Portland, and graduate coaching assistant Dan Torres of Reno, Nev.

Celebrating its 117th season, OSU Forensics is one of the oldest clubs on campus. 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 find out how you can support the team, contact Porrovecchio at or the chair of the Department of Speech Communication, Robert Iltis, at

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Mark Porrovecchio, 541-737-8230