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Home > Peoria Student Succeeds In National Debate Tournament


February 9th, 2004

Contact: Craig Smith (540) 338-8703

Purcellville, VA—Purcellville, VA - Matthew du Mee, son of Jack and Patty du Mee of Peoria, placed second out of 126 speakers in the Junior division of the February 7-8 Sunset Cliffs National Debate Tournament in San Diego, CA. Du Mee is a junior at the newly established Patrick Henry College (PHC) near Washington, D.C., a college of only 242 students that is able to produce talent sufficient to compete nationally and win. Du Mee also advanced to the tournament's octo-finals along with teammate and PHC student Jane Grisham of Grayslake, IL.

The competition is a parliamentary tournament. Students are given a topic and twenty minutes to prepare a supporting argument that is presented before a panel of judges. This tournament, considered one of the largest in the league, included 126 groups of competitors.

"PHC's parliamentary debate program is an excellent way to train students to skillfully present their ideas to others and influence the world around them," said College President Mike Farris.

Just four years old, Patrick Henry is a Christian liberal arts college located in Purcellville, Virginia, 50 miles west of the nation's capital. 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.