By Alicia Constant
Patrick Henry College
Patrick Henry College and the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) have had a close relationship since before the College had accepted a single student. The College opened in 2000, but PHC’s founder, Dr. Michael Farris, and his daughter, Christy Shipe, co-founded the original organization under the umbrella of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) in 1995.
The first NCFCA national tournament PHC hosted was in 2006, following the league’s tenth anniversary. On June 9-13, 2014, that relationship will come full circle, as the College plans to welcome 450 high school students from forty-two states for NCFCA’s 2014 national tournament.
“We saw right away the natural connection ... PHC and NCFCA have always had very similar missions and attracted similar students,” Shipe said. “We want to expose our students to PHC, an excellent classical Christian liberal arts college we think would be a great fit for many of our members.”
From their respective humble beginnings, PHC and NCFCA have each grown in size and influence. NCFCA became an independent organization, separate from HSLDA, and now serves more than 4,000 students nationwide.
“Each of the past six Moot Court National Champion teams from PHC has had at least one NCFCA alumnus,” Farris said. “We’re excited to host so many young leaders, and maintain the strong connection that we have with the NCFCA.”
Please enjoy these pictures from the 2006 NCFCA Tournament held at Patrick Henry College.