CORVALLIS, Ore. - Cody Connolly, a new member of the Oregon State University's forensics team, received awards in both individual events and debate in a recent tournament in Spokane, Wash.

OSU Forensics attended the Spokane Falls Voices on the River/Pi Kappa Delta Great West Regional Forensics Tournament. The event featured more than 12 schools from the Northwest Forensics Conference.

"The team looks forward to Spokane every year," said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team. "It is a great diagnostic of what needs to be done as we approach nationals."

Connolly, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, took fourth place in novice impromptu speaking. He also was a semifinalist and was recognized as the eighth best speaker in novice debate.

Connolly was joined at the tournament by Kelsey Irish of Williams, Ore. and Michael Walters of Gresham. The team was coached by graduate assistants Kori Thornburg of Kennewick, Wash., and Forest Ledbetter of Sheridan, Ore.

In two weeks, the three students will attend the final tournament of the season: the PKD National Comprehensive Tournament in Overland Park, Kan.

Celebrating its 119th season, OSU Forensics is one of the oldest clubs on campus.  The team is open to all students in good academic standing. For more information, contact

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Mark Porrovecchio, 541-737-8230