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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.




Gold and Silver Overall Team Sweepstakes 10 of last 12 years (Best record in the nation)

Florida College System Activities Association State Champions for 8 straight years

2013 – 2014 Season Highlight

Phi Rho Pi Nationals (Denver, CO)
  • Silver Medalist – Individual Events Sweepstakes
  • Bronze Medalist – Overall Team Sweepstakes
  • Matt Thompson / George Ramirez – Gold Medalists – Duo Interpretation
  • Steven Cruz – Bronze – Communication Analysis
  • Adrian Herrera – Bronze – Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, After Dinner Speaking
  • Gerald Djajaputra – Bronze – Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Informative Speaking
  • Matt Thompson – Bronze – Dramatic Interpretation
North American Forensics Association (Orlando, FL)
  • 1st Place – Junior College Sweepstakes
FCSAA State Championships (Jacksonville, FL)
  • 1st Place – Overall Team Sweepstakes
  • 1st Place – Individual Events Sweepstakes
  • 1st – 5th Place – Pentathlon – George Ramirez (1), Matt Thompson (2), Gerald Djajaputra (3), Sarah Baker (4), Daniel Santillana (5)
Bradley University “66th annual L.E. Norton Memorial” (Peoria, IL)
  • 2nd Place – Junior College Team Sweepstakes
Berry College “Autumn in the Mountains” (Rome, GA)
  • 1st Place – Junior College Team Sweepstakes
  • 2nd Place – Overall Team Sweepstakes
  • Pentathlon – 2nd Place – Adrian Herrera, 4th Place Gerald Djajaputra, 6th Place – Steven Cruz
University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)
  • 1st Place – Junior College Team Sweepstakes

 Coaching Staff


Director of Forensics 

John Schultz


2014-2015 Coaches

  • Eva Nielsen-Parks
  •  Alexa Kyros

 Meet the Team


2014-2015 Team Members

  • Gerald Djajaputra, Captain
  • Daniel Santillana, Captain
  • Sarah Whitten
  • Megan Preston
  • George Ramirez
  • Shelly Barnett
  • Shelby Drummond
  • Alex Fabrega
  • Chase Cashion
  • Andrew Barclay
  • Sarah Baker





“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.

Capital City Classic - September 26 and 27, 2014

Each year TCC hosts the Southeast's early bird forensics tournament. Colleges and universities from around the region convene to brush off the dust as teams begin another competitive year. Observers welcome! For more information contact John Schultz at 201-8037.

Florida Intercollegiate Forensics Association - February 20-22, 2015

This spring TCC again hosts the state tournament for 2 and 4 year institutions. Bragging rights are on the line as reigning state champions Florida State University will try to defend their title with other state powerhouses like the University of Florida and Tallahassee Community College.



 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.
Clayton Homes 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.
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. 


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.
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 Speech / Debate Workshop, SPC 2594 (fall) and SPC 2595 (spring). In addition, interpreters are expected to enroll in Oral Interpretation of Literature ORI 2000, and all team members are encouraged to sign up for Parliamentary Debate SPC 2512.
Contact Information

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

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