Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2000-03-02

Samford University debaters Davi Johnson and Chris Buzachero will compete in the National Debate Tournament by virtue of having won outright the District VI regional tournament last weekend, Feb. 26-27. The team will be the southern region's top seeded team at the tournament, to be hosted by the University of Missouri at Kansas City March 23-27.

Johnson and Buzachero, both seniors, beat top-ranked teams from the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Emory University and Middle Tennessee State University to compile a five-win, one-loss record at the tournament. Their only loss was to State University of West Georgia.

Johnson was ranked the second best individual debater at the regional tournament, held at Florida State University. The southern region is composted of all debate teams from nine southeastern states.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Samford has qualified a team for the national tournament, which it won in 1983.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.