Accolade: TCC student veteran wins national essay contest

June 7, 2018

Presley and AgamaUpdated June 7, 2018.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 19, 2018)—A Tallahassee Community College student and U.S. Army veteran is one of three winners of an essay contest sponsored by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development.

Troy Presley was one of more than 200 students nationwide to submit entries to the Scott Wright Student Essay Contest, which asks students to describe how a faculty or staff member helped them succeed in college. His essay was one of only three selected for the top prize.

View Troy Presley reading his winning essay on stage in Austin, Texas, on May 27, 2018.

Presley wrote about Forster Agama, TCC associate professor of English, whose class he was enrolled in during his first semester at TCC in the fall of 2017. In his essay, Presley talks about the anxiety he experienced as he transitioned from life as a soldier to his new identity as a college student and how Agama supported him:

Presley, who is part of the TCC2FSU Program, plans to graduate from TCC in Spring 2019 and then transfer to the Florida A & M University-Florida State University College of Engineering to study electrical engineering.

Presley and Agama will each receive a $1,000 prize. They will also receive complimentary registration, up to three nights lodging and airfare so they can attend NISOD’s 2018 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence May 26-29, in Austin, Texas.

Student and professor will be recognized during the Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration held during the conference, and Presley will be invited to read his winning essay from the stage. Presley is the first TCC student to win the contest.