TCC's Speech and Debate Team Starts Season Strong

TCC News Release:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (October 8, 2008) - Fifteen members of Tallahassee Community College’s Speech and Debate Team brought home a Team Sweepstakes victory from its most recent tournament, which took place at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla.

En route to the victory, Team TCC bested a pair of state rivals - The University of Florida and Florida State University, who placed second and third, respectively.

“This is the largest travel squad we’ve fielded in years,” said Eva Nielsen-Parks, Assistant Director of Forensics, “and it took the entire team to outpace the (Florida) Gators. It speaks of both the depth and breadth of our team.”

Despite the size of its roster, Team TCC returns only two students from the highly successful 2007-08 season – team captains Alexa Kyros and Will Parente, both of whom have already garnered a first place finish in Pentathlon, the individual sweepstakes category, in 2008-09.

During September’s Capital City Classic, hosted by TCC, Parente claimed first place in Pentathlon while Kyros followed in second. The order of finish was reversed at the Florida Southern tournament, where Kyros claimed the top spot.

“The leadership they (Kyros and Parente) have shown thus far is very impressive,” said John Schultz, Director of Theatre and Forensics. “Not only have they worked hard to refine their own events, but they have been selfless in helping the novice students achieve success.”

Through two tournaments, Team TCC has enjoyed tremendous success, placing multiple competitors in the finals of the 12 events that make up each competition. During the Capital City Classic, 15 students earned a total of 25 spots in the elimination rounds while 11 students tallied 21 berths in the finals at Florida Southern.

Schultz credits two elements to the team’s widespread success – the addition of Parliamentary Debate into the curriculum, which has provided power for the College in debate and limited preparation events, and the generous financial support from Department of Campus Life and the Student Government Association, which has enabled the team to field more students, resulting in a greater opportunity for student success.

On Friday, October 10, Team TCC will travel to its annual competition at the University of Alabama, where it has won the junior college division each year it has participated.

Notable results from the TCC Capital City Classic:

Pentathlon: 1st Place – Will Parente, 2nd Place – Alexa Kyros, 4th Place – Jessica Byler, 5th Place – Erin Stack, 6th Place – Shelly Searcy
Parliamentary Debate Semifinal Closeout (top 4 teams at the competition): Ed Rankin/Joe Fuentes, Alex Smith/Will Parente, Merick Lewin/Ali Wright and Shira Brownstein/Erin Stack
Event Champions: Dramatic Interpretation - Meg Goertzen; Duo Interpretation – Alex Smith/Jessica Byler.
Notable results from Florida Southern College:

Pentathlon: 1st Place – Alexa Kyros, 2nd Place – Will Parente, 3rd Place – Erin Stack, 5th Place – Jessica Byler.
2008-09 TCC Forensics Team

Will Parente, Captain
Alexa Kyros, Captain
Josh Bradt
Shira Brownstein
Jessica Byler
Carter Crisp
Shamari Feaster
Joe Fuentes
Meg Goertzen
Sean Greene
Landon Hughes
Merick Lewin
Ed Rankin
Shelly Searcy
Alex Smith
Erin Stack
Juliet Whiddon
Ali Wright


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