Published on October 24, 2018 by Sean Flynt  
Samford debaters at the Oct. tournament
Samford debaters at the Oct. tournament

The Samford University debate team of Kiara Broadnax and Max Dillinger defeated Emory University to win the Junior Varsity division of the 2018 Samford Debate Tournament Oct. 19-21. Broadnax was named top speaker and Dillinger was named second speaker. 

The Samford team of Moriah Windups and Sarah Emerson defeated Emory and the University of Georgia to advance to the finals of the Varsity division. Windups won second speaker while Emerson won fifth speaker. 

“This is the strongest start to a season for our team in the last six years,” said debate director Ryan Galloway. Assistant director Lee Quinn added, “We competed well at our tournament, but more importantly, we provided excellent hospitality to our community. One coach compared Samford’s tournament to the Harvard tournament, which is the gold standard for excellent tournament hosting.” 

The Samford debaters will compete at Liberty University in early November before closing out the semester at the fall championships at Wake Forest University.

 
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.