TCC Forensics Team Competes at Regional Tournament and Nationals

April 30, 2024

Foresnsics team posing with an award.Tallahassee Community College is pleased to share the outstanding achievements of the TCC Forensics Team at the Phi Rho Pi Southeast Region Tournament and Phi Rho Pi National Tournament. 

At the Phi Rho Pi Southeast Region Tournament, the team secured the Overall Team Sweeps and Debate Sweeps titles. In addition, they achieved second place in the Individual Events Sweeps category. This remarkable success paved the way for their participation in the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament.

During the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament, the TCC team continued to excel, earning double silver in team sweepstakes for both Overall and Individual Events. This achievement marks the twenty-fourth consecutive team award at nationals. 

At the Regional Tournament, varsity members, Grace Duvet and Aliyah Salce led the Eagles, tying as the top individual speakers. Team Captain Elizabeth Blair also placed fourth in the overall top speaker category.

At the National tournament, seven team members impressively advanced to elimination rounds in eleven events. Advancing to the bronze round were Joseph Eugene (Extemporaneous Speaking and Parliamentary Debate), Trevor Bell (Extemporaneous Speaking), John Wickman (Extemporaneous Speaking), and Pamela Healy (Lincoln/Douglas Debate and Parliamentary Debate). Bell and Wickman also earned a fellowship award in debate. Varsity member Grace Duvet received a gold medal for Duo Interpretation (with Aliyah Salce). Salce also received gold medals in both Prose Interpretation and Extemporaneous Speaking. Team Captain Elizabeth Blair received a bronze award in Prose Interpretation and was the national champion in Dramatic Interpretation. It marks the second National title for Blair in the last 3 years. Co-captain Janelle Dixon also added to the power of the TCC entry.

“This is truly a testament to the hard work of our students,” said John Schultz, Director of Forensics. “They have worked so hard over the year, and I’m so proud to see all they have accomplished.”