Published on October 19, 2017 by Sean Flynt  
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Samford debaters celebrate honors from the Vanderbilt tournament

Members of Samford University’s debate team earned a number of honors at a Vanderbilt University debate tournament Oct. 14-15.

Kiarra Broadnax of Smiths Station, Alabama, was named fifth speaker in the novice division competition alongside teammate Julie Ramsey of Kunming, China.

In the junior varsity division, Samford debaters Kevin Aubrey of Lafayette, Louisiana and Sarabeth Wendt of Round Rock, Texas, were named sixth and tenth speaker, respectively.

Niki Brooks of Alpharetta, Georgia, was named sixth speaker in the varsity division competition alongside teammate Robbie Nikont of Lakewood, Colorado. Brooks and Nikont reached the “elite eight” of their division.

The Samford team of Jamie Davenport and Moriah Windus of Ozark, Alabama, also competed in the varsity division.

In addition to its nationally competitive teams, Samford’s debate program hosts the Samford University Public Debate Series, the Bishop Guild Debate Tournament, the Birmingham Area Debate League and a Summer Debate Institute for high school students. 

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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.