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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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. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.