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.


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.