Fla. (March 27, 2014) – For the eighth consecutive year, Tallahassee Community
College’s Speech and Debate Team has won the Florida College System Activities
Association State Championship. In addition to the state title, team members won
8 of 12 individual championships and garnered 31 total awards.
Ramirez placed first in Pentathlon, a category reserved for students competing
in five or more individual events, and brought home state titles in Prose
Interpretation, After Dinner Speaking, Program Oral Interpretation and Duo
Interpretation (with Matt Thompson).
has been a life-changing activity for me,” said Ramirez. “It’s great to be able
to travel all over the country and perform in a competitive atmosphere.”
also won the Jennifer Pickman Novice Award for the state’s best novice
competitor. Team TCC has captured the Pickman Award annually since its
inception 15 years ago.
placed second in Pentathlon and won three state titles of his own in Poetry
Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation and Duo Interpretation (with Ramirez).
Djajaputra finished third in Pentathlon and won the state championship in
Baker and Daniel Santillana rounded out Team TCC’s second-consecutive sweep of
all five Pentathlon awards, placing fourth and fifth respectively. Santillana
also won the state championship in Communication Analysis.
team members who brought home awards included Shelby Drummond, Alex
Fabrega, West Funcheon, Diamond Paige and Ryan Terrell. Notably, Drummond,
Fabrega, Paige and Terrell were all competing in their first-ever collegiate
speech and debate tournament.
state championship tournament was held in February at Florida State College at
Jacksonville. Next up for Team TCC is the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament, which
will take place in Denver on April 7-12. The event will feature the strongest
community college teams from around the nation.
TCC Forensics team with state championship trophy. (Front row, L-R) Daniel Santillana, Shelby Drummond, Matt Thompson, Sarah Baker,
Diamond Paige. (Back row, L-R) Ryan Terrell, Gerald Djajaputra, Alex Fabrega,
West Funcheon, George Ramirez.