Published on March 29, 2016 by Sean Flynt  
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Debate All Americans Marley Davis and Natalie Bennie

Samford University debaters Natalie Bennie of Brentwood, Tennessee, and Marley Davis of Mount Olive, Alabama, earned top honors at the Cross-Examination Debate Association (CEDA) National Debate Tournament in Binghamton, New York, March 26–29. Both were named Debate All Americans, a designation reserved for the nation’s top 30 debaters. Both also were named Summa Cum Laude Debate Scholars for the combination of their high grade point averages and debate excellence.

In addition to their personal honors, Bennie and Davis had great success in the tournament, posting wins against Binghamton University, Central Oklahoma University, George Mason University, the United States Military Academy, the University of Kansas and the University of Vermont.

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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.