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Forensics Speech & Debate

Forensics, better known as Speech and Debate, is the study of oral interpretation (acting), public address, limited preparation speech and debate. TCC Forensics classes and the competition team supply many opportunities to apply speaking, debating and acting skills in competition against other college and university squads.

TCC's Forensics Team is one of the strongest junior college competition teams in the country. Students who compete on the team attend tournaments all across the nation, and even internationally. The TCC Forensics tradition builds on team spirit, hard work and commitment, and invites TCC students to join the team.




National Champions: 7 out of the last 10 years (Best record in the nation)

Junior College State Champions: 11 out of the last 14 years


2011-2012 Competition Season 

Phi Ro Pi National Tournament (Shaumburg, IL)
  • 1st place Overall - Wheeler (middle) Division (3rd-most points of all schools at the tournament)

FCCAA State Championship (Tallahassee, FL)

  • 1st Place Overall
Florida Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Tournament (UWF-Pensacola, FL)
  • 2nd Place Overall
Eastern Michigan University “Tower Invitational” (Ypsilanti, MI) 
  • 1st Place Overall
  • *Jacob Harrelson, 1st place
University of Alabama “Black Warrior Invitational” (Tuscaloosa, AL)
  • 3rd Place Overall 
  • *Timothy Ward, 1st place
Florida State University “FSU Swing” (Tallahassee, FL)
  • 1st Place Overall (both halves)
  • *Sarah Whitten, 1st place (both halves)
Bradley College “64th annual L.E. Norton Memorial” (Peoria, IL)
  • 7th Place Overall
  • 1st Place-Junior College Division
  • *Alexander Coyle, 1st place (2-year division)
Barry College “Autumn in the Mountains” (Rome, GA)
  • 2nd Place Overall
  • 1st Place-Junior College Division
University of Alabama “UA Alumni Tournament” (Tuscaloosa, IL)
  • 5th Place Overall
  • 1st Place-Junior College Division
*These students are the “Pentathlon” winners, which means they competed in each category (limited preparation, oral interpretation, and public address) with at least 5 different events, and earned more points than any other individual at the tournament.



 Coaching Staff


Director of Forensics 

John Schultz


2012-2013 Assistant Coaches

  •  Justin Adams
  •  Jessica Byler
  •  Ashley Cohen
  •  Alexa Fuentes
  •  Virgil Hayes
  •  Evelio Silvera
  •  Alex Smith

 Meet the Team


2012-2013 Team Members

  •  Jordan Bates
  •  Alexander Belai 
  •  Eugene Butler
  •  Tonoiya Campbell
  •  Steven Cruz
  •  Jacob Dean
  •  Tyreek Greene
  •  Adrian Herrera
  •  Kelsey Kinnebrew
  •  Susan Rimel
  •  Ariana Steltmann
  •  Timothy Ward​
  •  Sarah Whitten





“Night of Forensics”

Once a semester, the team hosts a “Night of Forensics” in Turner Auditorium. We invite the community to learn about what we have been working on that semester and to showcase some of our pieces. This is a great opportunity for anyone who may be interested in competing, or simply curious about what we do, to come see what TCC Forensics is all about.


 Facilities and Resources


Forensics Office 
The Forensics Office is located on the first floor of the CH Building. Students have exclusive access to the team computer and printer, as well as internet access for research. The office is a great stop between classes for coffee, practice, and socializing.

Practice Rooms

Our program has three soundproof practice rooms perfect for running pieces, memorizing material and reworking drafts. Each room is large enough for a speaker and judge, and is equipped with a desk and chair. The suite also has a camera and VCR which allow team members to tape and review performances.


The library provides team members with more than 1000 full theatrical scripts, numerous monologue and scene books, prose and poetry anthologies, and periodicals. Each year, the program spends hundreds of dollars to upgrade and update the library.


 Scholarships and Incentives



Academic Scholarships: These scholarships, awarded at the end of each semester, are intended to reward students who have shown commitment to the program while maintaining satisfactory academic status. Scholarship amounts vary.
Oakwood Endowed Speech and Debate Scholarship: TCC and Oakwood Industries have collaborated to provide up to a $1400 scholarship to cover tuition expenses for a student who is an active member of the team. This scholarship is awarded through the TCC Foundation. For more information, contact John Schultz, Director of Forensics.
The Roderick Tapley Memorial Scholarships: In the Spring of 1999, TCC and the Southeast forensics community lost an advocate and role model in speech and debate when former TCC Debate Captain Roderick Tapley was killed in a tragic automobile accident. "Rod" truly embodied the spirit of debate and loved the activity. He was considered a gentleman and was respected even by his fiercest rivals. His contribution directly led to numerous team victories including the Florida Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Championship in Individual Events in January 1999.
Roderick was instrumental in the evolution of the TCC program. Through his unselfish dedication, experience, and expertise, he helped establish debate as a viable part of the team. Before attending TCC, Roderick debated at Niceville High School, in the Florida Panhandle. He attended prestigious debate camps, including Emory and the Florida Forensics Institute. His dedication to the activity was lifelong.
In memory of their son, Bobby and Liz Tapley have created two $1000 scholarships for TCC students who best represent the spirit, leadership, and competitive edge which Roderick brought to the activity. The scholarships will be awarded no later than January of each season.
Shira Brownstein Memorial Scholarship: In the Spring of 2011, TCC team captain Shira Browstein succumbed to a lifelong battle with Scleroderma. Throughout the challenges with her ailment, Shira remained one of the most dedicated and enthusiastic members of the team. Between hospital visits, Shira traveled and competed for TCC and was one of the team's most captivating performers. The loss of Shira Browstein and her invigorating effervescence reverberated throughout the Forensics community, as many members from various teams across the district joined TCC Forensics in paying our respects at her memorial service.  
In her honor, the Brownstein family and the TCC Foundation has created this scholarship fund, which is awarded each year to the team member that emulates her character and spirit. 
TCC Foundation Travel Scholarships: All funds generated by the team are deposited into the TCC Foundation and are later used to defray travel expenses. Funds cover such items as airfare, lodging and food allotments.


College Credit for Competing Students: Students who compete in a least two tournaments each semester may earn one elective credit for their efforts. Speech & Debate Workshop - SPC 2594 (fall) and Speech & Debate Practicum - SPC 2595 (spring) may each be repeated up to two times, allowing a student to earn credit each semester they compete for the team.
Early Registration; The administration at TCC recognizes the importance of the program and allows team members to register for their classes with honor students and athletes. This advantage means that students can effectively balance a full load of classes while traveling with the squad. 
Tournament Expenses: The program focuses on excellence in performance. As such, the college covers all travel expenses and provides a food allotment for the team members who travel to tournaments. Students who are on the travel squad will attend various tournament across the nation throughout the fall and spring semesters. Furthermore, TCC is one of the only junior colleges in the country to regularly attend international tournaments. Past international tournaments include Montreal and Prague.

A Holistic Program: Unlike many programs, which discourage or prohibit involvement with theatre and film acting opportunities, our team embraces the idea. We feel that students must experience a variety of performance situations to be truly effective. Forensics, theatre and film conflicts are dealt with individually to maximize student progress.


 Join the Team


Do you like to entertain and enlighten people? Are you looking for scholarship opportunities? Do you enjoy traveling for free? Would you like to be a part of one of the best kept secrets on TCC's campus?   If so, you should consider joining TCC's nationally acclaimed forensics team!

Students interested in competing for the team should e-mail John Schultz, Director of Forensics, as early as possible. While general auditions take place at the beginning of the fall semester, students on scholarship begin working during the summer.

Students who audition during generals must prepare a monologue. For additional information on general auditions, check out Theatre TCC!

Students who are solely seeking to compete in public address, limited prep and/or debate, should e-mail Mr. Schultz for an individual audition.

The primary travel team and a reserve team will be selected on the basis of a student's audition as well as prior competition experience and academic background. No prior experience is required, and everyone is invited to audition for the team!

All students active with the team must enroll in SPC 2594 (fall) and SPC 2595 (spring). In addition, interpreters are expected to enroll in ORI 2000, and all team members are encouraged to sign up for SPC 2511.
Contact Information

For more information contact the Division of Communications and Humanities by phone (850) 201-6070 or e-mail

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