|Past colleges||Texas A&M University (2002-2007)|
|High school||Brazoswood (non-player)|
|Stats||HDWhite • NAQT|
Candace Benefiel (1957-2017) was a player on the Texas A&M team that won 2006 ACF Nationals. Candace died of cancer on August 1, 2017.. TQBA established a memorial trophy in her honor, the Candace R. Benefiel Memorial Middle Grades Champion Trophy.
Candace was an Associate Professor and Humanities Librarian for the Evans Library at Texas A&M University.
Candace began coursework towards a PhD in English in 2000, and therefore became eligible to join the Texas A&M team she had long advised. While playing for Texas A&M, the team placed in the top 5 of every ACF Nationals from 2003 to 2007. At 2006 ACF Nationals, Candace had the tournament-winning buzz on the last tossup--Caesar and Cleopatra by George Bernard Shaw--to deliver Texas A&M's victory over Michigan.