Published on October 7, 2014  

Samford's debate team completed a very successful trip to the University of Kentucky and took second place and third place in the novice division. Freshmen debaters Ashley Herring and Ella Oxley won 5 of their 6 preliminary debates to take 2nd place at the tournament.  Sophomore debaters Aaron Atwell and Marly Davis placed 3rd at the tournament. Davis took second speaker, Atwell was named fourth speaker, Oxley won eighth speaker, and Herring was ninth speaker. The squad racked up wins against Clarion University, the US Naval Academy, Missouri State and West Georgia University. Freshman Ann Le, sophomore Will Higgins, and junior Natalie Bennie also competed for Samford. The squad has next weekend off before we debate again on our home territory at the Samford University tournament October 17th-19th.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.