Published on October 20, 2014  

Samford sophomore debaters Aaron Atwell and Marley Davis took first place in the novice division at the Samford University tournament, defeating Florida State in the finals on a unanimous decision. The duo defeated teams from FSU, Vanderbilt, Emory and Florida en route to victory. Davis was named second speaker, Atwell was named fourth speaker, and freshmen Ann Le took fifth speaker. Freshmen Ella Oxley and Ashley Herring also competed, defeating Emory University.

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.