Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-10-08

Samford University will host a regional high school forensics tournament this weekend, Oct. 10-11. Teams from schools in Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia will compete in debate and public speaking events.

Tournament finalists will receive a Tournament of Champions bid to the prestigious national championship for high school debaters. This year's national high school debate topic is "Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase alternative energy incentives in the United States."

Birmingham area high schools to be represented include Montevallo, Mountain Brook, Oak Mountain, Spain Park, Thompson, Vestavia Hills and Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School.

The tournament is sponsored by the Samford debate program.

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.