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.

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.