TCC Forensics Team Brings Home National Title

May 2, 2022

The TCC Forensics Team won its second consecutive national title in the Hindman Division at the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament in what has been an incredible year for the Eagles. Phi Rho Pi is the National Forensic Association for Two Year Colleges. The tournament took place from April 4 through 9 in St. Charles, Mo.

This is the 22nd consecutive team sweepstakes award for the College. All six team members advanced to elimination rounds, a feat last accomplished in 2008. Allison Grove, team co-captain, led the team with two gold awards in extemporaneous speaking and International Public Debate Association (IPDA) debate. She was the only undefeated debater in that event at the tournament. Co-captain Madison Reed received a gold award in prose interpretation and a silver award in dramatic interpretation. Tiffany Canseco received gold in dramatic interpretation and had the low score at the tournament, making her the national champion. Elizabeth Blair also received gold in dramatic interpretation. Grace Chapman received silver in prose. Faith Macgregor added to the point total with bronze medals in both dramatic interpretation and prose.

The team took second place in the junior college division and cracked the top 25 in the university division, coming in 22nd overall of 69 programs participating at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament in March which took place in Orlando. Elizabeth Blair was crowned national champion in drama, with Allison Grove, Tiffany Canseco, Amanda Holton, and Madison Reed bringing home superior and excellent awards.

In February at the Florida Intercollegiate Forensics Association four-year state tournament, TCC took second place behind the University of Central Florida, besting the University of Florida, Florida State University, the University of South Florida, and other programs from around the state. Allison Grove led the Eagles, winning the individual overall speaker award.

At the Florida College System Activities Association state tournament in Tallahassee, the squad won the overall team sweepstakes for the 20th time in 22 years. The squad won 10 of the 13 events and had 31 finalists. Team members also shined individually in individual overall speaker awards: 1st Madison Reed, 2nd Allison Grove, 4th Norah Snider, and 5th Amanda Holton.

The team is planning a live encore performance in May for friends, family, and the TCC community.