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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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.