Patrick Henry College
The Debate team at PHC appears to have taken up where past squads left off, earning first place team and overall club awards at recent tournaments in Michigan and New Jersey. PHC’s debate and moot court teams have established themselves as national powers the past two seasons, with both teams routinely competing for top regional and national honors.
The Patrick Henry College debate team closed out the Crossfire division at the initial National Educational Debate Association [NEDA] tournament of the season, October 6 and 7, at St. Peter’s College in New Jersey. In that competition, PHC swept the Crossfire preliminaries and ended up winning first place awards in both Team Debate and Speaker Award categories.
Then, the first week of November, the PHC team again took first place at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, winning the first place Team Award in Crossfire and the first place Club Award for overall performance. In that contest the Crossfire award went to Daniel Hebda and Andrew Tyrell, who went undefeated in all six rounds.
According to PHC Debate Coach, Brian Wright, the College excelled at Hillsdale with stiffer competition than usual, and with a significantly depleted squad due to several team members hitting the campaign trail on “Get Out The Vote” initiatives coinciding with the November 7 election.
Noted Wright, a national debate champion as a PHC senior in 2006: “We were the top team in the league last year, and the challenge is holding that position with class, diplomacy, and humility. The quality of the education that these students receive puts them in a strong position to do well.”