By David Halbrook
Patrick Henry College
See video link below.
Congressman Mark Meadows
On May 24, 2013, U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows (R-North Carolina, 11th District), presented the following commendation to the Patrick Henry College Moot Court Team on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, below. The College won its fifth consecutive National Championship at this year’s American Collegiate Moot Court Association (ACMA) championship tournament, as the team of Andrew Ferguson, a senior, and Katie Tipton, a sophomore, defeated a team from the College of Wooster to win the championship for PHC.
By winning this year’s championship, Ferguson became only the second competitor in ACMA history to win back-to-back championships – he and then-partner J.C. Cartee defeated the College of New Jersey in 2012. The only other competitor to duplicate this feat was PHC’s Rachel Heflin, who won two championships in 2009 and 2010.
Congressman Meadows echoed the accomplishment in his remarks: "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Patrick Henry College's National Moot Court Team on their fifth consecutive national championship this year. The team boasts two 2-time national champions, as well as a national orator champion who holds the record for the most points earned in the history of the league.
"Patrick Henry College, or PHC, has now won a total of seven national moot court championships and has built a strong reputation for success nationwide. I thank team coaches Dr. Michael Farris, founder of PHC, and Dr. Frank Guliuzza, for their leadership and investment in these young leaders.
"In a time when we are asking the government to get out of the way, PHC serves as a shining example of what can be achieved when freed from the binds of the government's purse strings. From day one, the College has not accepted any federal funding. I congratulate Patrick Henry College, and its talented young people, for the example it has and will continue to set for higher education in America. I also thank Congressman Frank Wolf for graciously giving me the opportunity to make these remarks. I yield back."
See video, below, of Congressman Mark Meadows' remarks about PHC: