Published on February 21, 2018 by Sean Flynt  
debate regionals 2018
Samford debaters celebrate their Feb. 17 tournament victory

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 UniversitySamford is a premier nationally ranked Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts and a distinct blend of 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 3rd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. Samford enrolls 5,692 students from 46 states and 28 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.