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.


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.