Published on February 2, 2016 by Sean Flynt  
Samford Debate Mural
Samford Debate Mural

The Samford debate team of Carly Davis of Windermere, Florida, and Wesley Staples of Killen, Alabama, won the Novice division of Hoosier Invitational Debate Tournament Jan. 30–Feb 1. Davis was named top speaker. Staples was named second speaker.

The Samford Davis/Staples team was undefeated in preliminary rounds and defeated Vanderbilt University in the finals. The team also defeated debaters from Illinois College and Wayne State University. 

Other Samford teams in every division scored winning records. The Varsity team of Natalie Bennie of Brentwood, Tennessee, and Marley Davis of Mount Olive, Alabama, defeated teams from the University of Florida, University of Iowa, Michigan State University and University of Northern Iowa. Bennie was named seventh speaker.

The Junior Varsity team of Hope Reamer of Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Ashley Herring of Chattanooga, Tennessee, defeated teams from Lakeland College and the University of Michigan. Reamer was named fifth 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 2nd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance names Samford 34th among private universities for value and affordability. Samford enrolls 5,729 students from 47 states and 30 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.