2023 wrapped: part two of PHC's year in review

Posted by Mark Shankov on 12/26/23 8:26 PM

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Another year comes to an end at PHC. Let's look at what PHC students were up to in part two of our Year in Review.

Part 1 of PHC's 2023 Year in Review 
1.  Fall Retreat 2023

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Each school year brings something different and special to PHC. It may be a new club, a new freshman class, new talents, and new blessings. This fall retreat kicked off the 2023-2024 academic year with a special speaker and PHC alumnus Jensen Near of the Christian Encounter Ranch.

2. Alumna Kira Nelson starts a podcast

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PHC develops leaders equipped to step up and point others to the Lord. This year Alumna Kira Nelson started a podcast to reclaim a Christian perspective on being a mom called “Delighted Motherhood.”

3. VA Attorney General Jason Miyares delivers the chapel message

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VA Attorney General Jason Miyares visited PHC and delivered a chapel message encouraging the student body to seek the Lord’s calling in their individual lives.

4. VA Lt. Governor Winsome Sears speaks At PHC


PHC students often get opportunities to work with and be inspired by principled government leaders. The American Politics and Policy Board invited VA Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears to speak at their event about good leadership. Two PHC students interned for Lt. Governor Sears last summer.

5. Sentinel Soccer Season 2023


This year the men’s soccer team finished the season with five wins, and for the first time in PHC history beat the Williamson College of Trades. The women’s soccer team won their first game since 2014 and finished with four total wins for this season.

6. PHC senior presents her paper at a conference

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PHC senior Kaitlyn Tully, aspiring to eventually pursue her PhD, was invited to the 36th Medieval-Renaissance Graduate Conference to present her paper “Legitimacy and Restitution: The Trial in The Devil’s Law Case.”

7. Homecoming 2023


Homecoming is always an eventful week at PHC and this one was no exception. After a week of dodgeball, capture the flag, chalk art, and other activities, the sophomores took a hard-fought victory with the freshmen following close behind. The women’s soccer team won their game 9-0 that week!

8. First-ever basketball pep and prayer rally

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For the first time, PHC held a basketball pep and prayer rally where they introduced the team members individually and rallied the crowd in anticipation of a great season. The school’s mascot, Cincinnatus, joined the fun as a special guest!

9. PHC Running Club participates in ultramarathon


The PHC Running Club is one of the largest clubs on campus. This year the club participated in a WV ultramarathon and Mark Epstein, club captain, took first place!

10. YWA Chapter Hosts Emily Jashinsky

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The Young Women for America chapter hosted Emily Jashinsky at a journalism event to address important issues in conservative journalism. Jashinsky is a culture editor at The Federalist, host of Federalist Radio Hour, and director of the National Journalism Center.

11. First-ever Glow Run 5K

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In early November, the running club held its first Glow Run 5K with 150 participants. Local businesses sponsored the event adding to the almost $600 worth of raffle prizes.

12. James Barta named 2nd ever Solicitor General of Indiana

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PHC alumnus James Barta was named the 2nd Solicitor General of Indiana. He credits PHC with helping him develop critical thinking skills and a firm understanding of the uniqueness of the American experiment.

13. Dr. Bayer presents a paper at a conference in Oxford

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The Pusey House at Oxford invited Dr. Roberta Bayer to present a paper for their conference on “The Life and Thought of E. L. Mascall.” Dr. Bayer observed that Pusey House “fosters a vibrant Christian community” and that “the students were deeply concerned with the life of the church.”

14. Claire Cahill becomes clerk for the Supreme Court

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Claire Rossell Cahill became PHC’s 5th alumni to clerk for the US Supreme Court. Claire graduated in 2014  with a degree in Government.

15. Gabriel Lysne wins NMIF scholarship award

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A PHC Strategic Intelligence major senior, Gabriel Lysne, was one of seven undergraduate recipients of the National Merit Scholarship Award from the National Military Intelligence Foundation (NMIF).

16. A group of students attend the National Association for Christian Legislators Annual Meeting

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PHC students are always willing to learn more and if it isn’t in the classroom it’s often in D.C. A group of students were blessed with the opportunity to attend the National Association for Christian Legislators Annual Meeting and Awards Gala at the invitation of a PHC supporter.

17. Irving Dennis Speaks At APP Event

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The American Politics and Policy board invited Irving Dennis, the former Chief Financial Officer for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development under Ben Carson, to speak at the end of the semester.

Part 3 of PHC's 2023 Year in Review 


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