Patrick Henry College (PHC) Won Its Twelfth National Championship

Patrick Henry College (PHC) Won Its Twelfth National Championship


Purcellville, VA, January 17, 2019 — Patrick Henry College (PHC) in Virginia won its twelfth national championship at the American Moot Court Association (AMCA) national tournament in Orlando, Florida last weekend. In addition to winning first place,  Patrick Henry College  finished with three teams among the top eight in the nation.   Patrick Henry College speakers also won five of the top 20 speaker awards.

Mike Patton of Kansas City, MO and Keely Wright of Louisville, KY won the championship.

Patrick Henry College in Virginia is a forensics powerhouse with an unmatched legacy. No other college in the history of the American Moot Court Association has won more than once.

Moot Court is a highly competitive forensics event where participants provide oral arguments in an environment similar to the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices frequently interrupt the presenters to challenge assertions and to test the presenter’s knowledge of relevant case law.

The 2018-19 season featured over 400 teams from colleges across the nation competing in 13 national qualifying tournaments.

Other notable Patrick Henry College team placements include Thomas Doan/Benjamin Phibbs (semi-finalists), and Marina Barnes/Kyle Ziemnick (quarter-finalists).

Senior Clare Downing ranked 3rd in individual speaker awards, Michael Patton ranked 9th, Keely Wright ranked 12th, Micah Bock ranked 14th, and Samuel Bock, 22nd.

The Patrick Henry College roster of 2018-19 Moot Court National competitors included the following 16 students from 10 states:
• Marina Barnes | Chesapeake, VA
• Micah Bock | Indianapolis, IN
• Samuel Bock | Indianapolis, IN
• Caleb Canna | Sarasota, FL
• Benjamin Crosby | Burlington, WA
• Thomas Doan | Winston Salem, NC
• Clare Downing | Tampa, FL
• Thomas Keith | Rangeley, ME
• Emil Meintjes | Dallas, TX
• Cooper Millhouse | Purcellville, VA
• Michael Patton | Kansas City, MI
• Benjamin Phibbs | Albemarle, NC
• Simon Sefzik | Bellingham, WA
• Andrew Shelton | Social Circle, GA
• Keely Wright | Louisville, KY
• Kyle Ziemnick | Purcellville, VA

Patrick Henry College offers a unique classical Christian liberal arts program with high academic rigor, fidelity to the spirit of the American founding, and an unwavering biblical worldview. PHC’s pre-law advising program is among the top in the nation.

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