Published on October 10, 2016 by Sean Flynt  
Samford debaters Hope Reamer and Jamie Davenport
Samford debaters Hope Reamer and Jamie Davenport

The Samford University debate team of Hope Reamer (Birmingham, Alabama) and Jamie Davenport (Grovetown, Georgia) won the University of Kentucky Henry Clay Debate Tournament Oct. 1–3, defeating Wayne State University in the finals. The team amassed a winning preliminary record, defeating teams from Emory University, Michigan State University and Vanderbilt University before defeating Indiana University in the final four en route to the finals.

Reamer was named Third Speaker and Davenport was named Fourth Speaker. 

The Samford teams of Niki Brooks (Alpharetta, Georgia) and Ashley Herring (Chattanooga, Tennessee), and Robbie Nikont (Lakewood, Colorado) and Moriah Windus (Ozark, Alabama) also competed, earning victories against Missouri State, Emory, Wayne State and Michigan State. Brooks was named Seventh Speaker.

The debaters will next compete at Liberty University and Wake Forest University tournaments in November.

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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.