Published on November 9, 2015 by Sean Flynt  
Samford Debate Facts
Samford Debate Facts

Samford University debaters enjoyed great success at the 2015 Vanderbilt Invitational Tournament in October.

Seniors Natalie Bennie of Brentwood, Tennessee and Marley Davis of Mount Olive, Alabama, advanced to the elite eight of the Varsity division, with wins over Wayne State, the University of Georgia and Capital University.

Sophomores Ella Oxley of McMinnville, Tennessee, and Hope Reamer of Moutain Brook, Alabama, advanced to the final four of the Junior Varsity division with wins over Wayne State and Missouri State.  Reamer was fouth speaker in the division.

Sophomore Wesley Staples of Killen, Alabama, competed in the novice division and was seventh speaker.

 
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.