Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2011-09-16


Samford University will host high school debaters from throughout the southeast at the annual Bishop Guild Debate Tournament Sept. 23 and 24. Debaters in grades 9 through 12 will compete in policy debate, public forum debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, prose/poetry, duo interpretation, impromptu speaking and extemporaneous speaking. 

Finalists in the policy debate category will receive an automatic bid to the Tournament of Champions, the high school national championship tournament.  The team with the best overall showing will receive the Michael J. Janas sweepstakes trophy.

Awards will be presented in an assembly at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in Brooks Hall Auditorium.

This year’s high school debate topic is space exploration.

The Bishop Guild tournament honors former Samford debate coach Brad Bishop, who directed Samford teams to three national titles. He is now a professor at Samford’s Cumberland School of Law.

For information, contact Samford director of debate Dr. Ryan Galloway at or (205) 726-2695.


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.