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. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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.