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. 

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.