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 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.