At the first debate tournament of the season hosted by Northwestern University, the Samford Novice Debate Team of Abby Montgomery and Grace Scott went undefeated in the preliminary rounds and advanced to the final four of the tournament. The duo defeated teams from George Mason University, Liberty University, the University of Indiana, the University of Houston, and Trinity University. Scott was named fourth speaker of the tournament.
The team of Libby Hutchinson and Praise Kelly-Williams also competed in the novice division, advancing to the elite eight and defeated multiple teams from Liberty University. Kelly-Williams was named the tenth speaker of the tournament.
The team of Joey Tarnowski and Aaron Gill competed in the Varsity division, defeating teams from New York University, Harvard, and Tufts University. Grace Blackwell and TJ Riggs also competed in Varsity, defeating teams from the University of Wyoming and the University of Georgia.
“These victories set us up well for the rest of the season and build momentum for the fall tournaments," said Samford Debate Executive Director Ryan Galloway.
The team competes at the University of Kentucky debate tournament in the next two weeks.