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.

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.