Published on March 5, 2019 by Sean Flynt  
The National Debate Tournament will be held March 21-26

The Samford University debate team of Sarah Emerson and Moriah Windus has earned an invitation to attend the 2019 National Debate Tournament at the University of Minnesota March 21-26. “Qualifying for the National Debate Tournament is the highest honor a team can achieve,” said assistant debate director Lee Quinn.

The Emerson/Windus team has had an outstanding season already, coming in second place at three different tournaments, and besting the highest levels of national competition. Debate director Ryan Galloway said he is especially proud that Emerson is a freshman and Windus is a junior. “It has been a long time since we have had a freshman qualify for the National Debate Tournament,” Galloway said.  “The fact that we get the duo back for another year speaks highly of our program.”

Only 78 teams compete at the National Debate Tournament. The Samford team will compete against the best squads in the nation, including Harvard University, Dartmouth University, Georgetown University and the University  of California-Berkeley.

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.