Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2006-02-02

Samford University debaters Erin Ramsey and John Wilkerson teamed to win the University of Florida Tournament held Jan. 27-29 in Gainesville, Fla.

Ramsey and Wilkerson defeated Vanderbilt University in the final round to capture the top spot. They had defeated University of Miami in the semi-finals and Florida State University in the quarter-finals.

Wilkerson was named the seventh best individual speaker of the 45 debaters at the tournament.

Ramsey is a freshman political science from Peachtree City, Ga. Wilkerson is a junior history major from Macon, Ga.

In another tournament Jan. 27-29, Samford debaters Nick Agnello and Clark Bowers finished third at a tournament at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. The duo lost to Wayne State University in the semi-final round. Angello was named third best individual speaker and Bowers fifth best speaker of the 70 debaters at the tournament.

Agnello is a sophomore political science major from Snellville, Ga. Bowers is a junior political science major from Sylacauga.

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 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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.