Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2004-03-05

Samford University debaters Ashley Streat of Leesburg, Ga., and John Wilkerson of Macon, Ga., were named top speakers of the year in their divisions at a recent South-Central regional debate tournament held at Georgia State University.

Streat was named the region’s varsity speaker of the year in recognition of her overall performance during the 2003-04 debate season, which began in September.

Wilkerson was named junior varsity speaker of the year for his overall performance. He was also named top speaker in the junior varsity division at the tournament, which included more than 60 teams.

Wilkerson and teammate David Li of Vestavia Hills compiled a 6-1 record to win the junior varsity championship at the event.

Streat and teammate Jon Mann of Florence tied for fifth place in the varsity division.

The tournament included all intercollegiate debate teams in nine southern states.


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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.