Accolade: TCC forensics team wins big in Peoria

November 13, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (November 13, 2017) – Tallahassee Community College’s forensics team maintained their history of success at the L. E. Norton Memorial tournament, the most prestigious fall semester speech competition in the country.

TCC finished as the top-scoring community college for the sixth time in the past seven years at the tournament, held November 4-5 at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Second-year competitors Susan Liss, Samira Taylor and Jesselym Gonzalez swept the top three spots in community college and university novice pentathlon, a distinction reserved for students competing in five or more event categories.

In addition, TCC’s team of six students placed eighth overall in the field of 43 colleges and universities, ahead of schools including Northwestern University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Minnesota and the University of California, Berkeley.

Along with the three returning members, TCC was represented by first-year members Karis De Gannes, Kennedy Matthews and Paige Palmer. The team is coached by Schultz and Eva Nielsen-Parks, who serves as assistant director of forensics, as well as several program alumni.