Published on March 2, 2000 by Mary Wimberley  

Samford University debaters Davi Johnson and Chris Buzachero will compete in the National Debate Tournament by virtue of having won outright the District VI regional tournament last weekend, Feb. 26-27. The team will be the southern region's top seeded team at the tournament, to be hosted by the University of Missouri at Kansas City March 23-27.

Johnson and Buzachero, both seniors, beat top-ranked teams from the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Emory University and Middle Tennessee State University to compile a five-win, one-loss record at the tournament. Their only loss was to State University of West Georgia.

Johnson was ranked the second best individual debater at the regional tournament, held at Florida State University. The southern region is composted of all debate teams from nine southeastern states.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Samford has qualified a team for the national tournament, which it won in 1983.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.