Two Samford University students recently had a winning record in the varsity division of a debate tournament Feb. 1-3 at the University of Georgia in Athens.

Maggie Thomas, a freshman communication studies major from Ballwin, Mo. and Josh Morrison-Alvarez, a freshman philosophy major from Warner Robins, Ga. competed in the tournament. Thomas and Morrison-Alvarez defeated opponents from Emory, Georgia Tech and Central Florida universities. The duo lost in a split decision to Liberty University, the top ranked team in the nation.

"For a senior team to do this well would be quite an accomplishment," said director of debate Ryan Galloway, "and for a pair of freshmen to do this is incredible."

Freshmen Natalie Bennie and Erin Carley also competed in the debate, defeating New York University and Georgia Tech.

Bo Morris is a senior journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in the Office of Marketing and Communication.

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