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TCC Forensics team captures seventh straight state title

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (February 15, 2013) - For the seventh consecutive year, Tallahassee Community College’s Speech and Debate Team won the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) State Championship. In addition to the state title, ten team members brought home eleven of thirteen individual championships and garnered an impressive 45 total awards. 
Tyreek Greene placed first in Pentathlon, advanced six events to finals and brought home state titles in Dramatic Interpretation, Program Oral Interpretation and Duo Interpretation. 
“I think we have such great success because we’re able to travel to many different regions to compete,” said Greene. “It helps us stay on top of new trends on the circuit.” 
Steven Cruz placed second in Pentathlon, brought home the state title in Informative Speaking, and won the Jennifer Pickman Novice Award for the state’s best novice competitor. Team TCC has captured the Pickman Award annually since its inception 14 years ago.
Karen Garner placed third in Pentathlon and brought home awards in five of her six events.  Garner was state runner-up in Extemporaneous Speaking, Informative Speaking, Duo Interpretation and Communication Analysis.
Varsity member Adrian Herrera placed fourth in Pentathlon and brought home awards in all six of his events. Notably, he competed in Public Speaking, Interpretation, Limited Preparation, and Debate.
Shane Collins finished Team TCC’s Pentathlon sweep by placing fifth. He also won Communication Analysis and Parliamentary Debate.  Collins’ debate partner, Jacob Dean, punctuated the team’s strength in public address and debate by winning the state title in Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking.
Other team members who brought home multiple awards for the program included:  Brianna McQueen, Gabriella Naylor, Weston Funcheon and Matt Thompson.
A final highlight for the team came when Greene was awarded the Shira Brownstein Fellowship Award. The award is dedicated to the memory of the late Shira Brownstein, who competed on TCC’s Speech and Debate team from 2007-10. Ms. Brownstein was a noted team leader through her talent, work ethic, and selflessness. The Brownstein family has established a perpetual scholarship with the TCC Foundation to honor Shira.
Next up for Team TCC is the Florida Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Tournament, an event that will take place at TCC, Friday-Sunday, February 22-24. Bragging rights for “Best in Florida” will be on the line, as the event will feature colleges and universities statewide.
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