Published on January 19, 2016 by Sean Flynt  

Samford University debate team members Carly Davis of Windermere, Florida, and Wesley Staples of Killen, Alabama, competed in the annual Crowe-Warken Debates at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, Jan. 16–18.

Davis and Staples earned a place in the final four at the tournament, defeating teams from the United States Military Academy, George Mason University and the United States Naval Academy. They scored a preliminary victory against the Liberty University team that won the tournament. Davis was named the sixth speaker.

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.