TCC Educational Talent Search Program sends two students to Washington, D.C.

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TCC News Release:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (June 2, 2009) – Tallahassee Community College’s Educational Talent Search Program has selected John Roberts, Jr., and Johnny Thomas, III, both of whom just finished their sophomore year at East Gadsden High School, to represent Gadsden County Schools at the National Student Leadership Congress in Washington, D.C., June 6-11.

TCC’s Educational Talent Search Program, initiated in 2006 as a result of a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, serves 600 at-risk youth in Gadsden County. The grant enables TCC to provide academic, career and financial counseling to the students while encouraging them to graduate high school and enroll in postsecondary education programs.

In Washington, D.C., Roberts and Thomas will join students from across the country at the week-long conference, which develops leadership skills through activities such as political debate, community service and a tour of historic sites.

“Both (Roberts and Thomas) came highly recommended from their school guidance counselor and they have also been outstanding participants within our program,” said Louis Dilbert, Program Specialist for the TCC Educational Talent Search Program. “To see young men with such discipline and ambition is inspiring.

“They will be excellent representatives for Gadsden County Schools, East Gadsden High School and TCC’s Educational Talent Search Program.”

Both students are also part of the Men of Distinction at East Gadsden High School.

For more information on TCC’s Educational Talent Search Program, contact Louis Dilbert by phone, (850) 558-3645, or email

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