Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-11-23

Samford University debaters finished second overall at a recent University of Alabama Crimson Classic Debate Tournament.

Two Samford debate teams, Nick Agnello and John Wilkerson, and Chad Macumber and Erin Ramsey, tied for third place in the varsity division of the tournament. The teams defeated debaters from the University of Georgia, Miami (Fla.) University, Piedmont College, Vanderbilt University, Georgia State University, the University of Louisville and West Georgia College.

Agnello, of Snellville, Ga., and Wilkerson, of Macon, Ga., were rated the sixth and seventh place individual speakers in the varsity division.

Samford debaters Chelsea Sabo of Atlanta, Ga., and Patrick Denton of Collierville, Tenn., finished third in the novice division.

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.