Debate Team Wins Regional Tournament, Qualifies for Nationals
Samford University's debate team won the AFA District 6 Tournament–the SEC regional championship–at State University of West Georgia Feb. 17. The victory also qualified the team for the 2018 National Debate Tournament in Wichita, Kansas, March 20-27.
Sophomore Samford debaters Robbie Nikont of Lakewood, Colorado, and Moriah Windus of Ozark, Alabama defeated teams from Emory University and Wake Forest University on the path to the overall win.
Sophomore Jamie Davenport of Grovetown, Georgia, and freshman Kevin Aubrey of Lafayette, Louisiana, won the tournament's junior varsity division, beating the University of Central Florida, the University of Georgia, and Emory University before defeating Central Florida in a rematch in the finals.
Freshman Kiarra Broadnax of Smith’s Station, Alabama, and freshman Julie Ramsey of Kunming, China, competed in the novice division, defeating the University of Miami twice. Broadnax also earned the novice of the year award for the SEC region.
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 3rd among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,509 students from 45 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.