TCC forensics stands atop the state

March 2, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 2, 2017) – For the first time since 2005, the Tallahassee Community College forensics team has captured both the Florida Intercollegiate Forensics Association and Florida College System Activities Association state speech and debate championships in the same year.

TCC scored a hard-fought win over second- and third-place finishers Florida State University and the University of Florida at the FIFA Championship tournament, held February 24-26 on the College’s main campus. Both FSU and UF are nationally recognized as Top 20 four-year forensics programs.

“This is one of the most exciting victories the program has ever had,” said John Schultz, director of the TCC forensics team. “I am so proud to say every single competitor on our team won individual awards and earned sweepstakes points, which propelled us to this state title.”

First-year team members Samira Taylor and Jesselym Gonzalez won individual FIFA state championships in Dramatic Interpretation and Program Oral Interpretation, respectively.

FSU had won the previous nine FIFA Championship overall titles. The University of Central Florida and Florida State College at Jacksonville rounded out the top five schools.

“To compete against their full squads and emerge as state champions speaks volumes about the talent, work ethic, and dedication of our students,” said Schultz.

On February 4, the TCC team won the FCSAA Championship for the 10th time in 11 seasons, winning all 14 event categories. Team members William Thies, Taylor, Elizabeth Lehman, Nathalie Estiverne, Susan Liss and Alexandria Bergman swept the top six spots in individual sweepstakes.

In addition, Taylor received the Jennifer Pickman Award for the top novice competitor at the FCSAA Championship, while Angelina Mitchell received the Shira Brownstein Fellowship award. Both awards are named in memory of former TCC competitors.

Additional team members who contributed to the double win include Gerain Arias, Katrina Erwin, Matthew Thompson and Ricardo Zamarripa.

For information, contact John Schultz at (850) 201-8037 or