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PURCELLVILLE, VAPatrick Henry College (PHC) won the Sweepstakes Award at the December 5 and 6 National Debate Tournament sponsored by the National Educational Debate Association (NEDA) and hosted by Ball State University. The award recognizes the college or university within the tournament with the best overall debate program.
"We are very pleased that Patrick Henry performs so well in forensic competitions, especially at the national level. We are honored to be among the list of prestigious Virginia colleges that can participate in national events and win," said Patrick Henry College Debate Coach Paul Wilson.
PHC also brought home 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th place awards in the open speaker competition; 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th place awards in the open team competition; and 1st place in the Lincoln Douglas (singles) competition.
This high number of awards earned by PHC's debate team is becoming more and more common for the College. This fall, the students participated in several regional debate tournaments and performed with similar results.
Just four years old, Patrick Henry is a Christian liberal arts college located in Purcellville. It is the only four-year college with a main campus in Loudon County. Known for attracting high academic achievers, the College's 2003 freshman class averaged 1313 on the SAT, putting PHC on par with the best liberal arts colleges in America.
The College's mission is to train Christian men and women who will lead the nation and shape the culture with timeless biblical values and fidelity to the spirit of the American founding.