Published on September 21, 2018 by Sean Flynt  
Samford debater Sarah Emerson
Samford debater Sarah Emerson

Freshman Samford University debater Sarah Emerson dominated the Georgia State Debate Tournament earlier this month even though her Samford partner couldn’t take part in the competition. Emerson, competing alongside a debater from Missouri State University, earned second place in the tournament and was named top speaker.

Emerson defeated teams from Indiana University, the Naval Academy, the University of Central Florida, the University of Miami, the University of Houston, the University of West Georgia and the University of Florida en route to the finals. 

“This is one of the strongest performances from an incoming first-year at her first tournament,” said director of debate Ryan Galloway. “This bodes well for the future of the program to have a first-year debater have such a strong tournament.”

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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.