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February 2nd, 2004

Contact: Craig Smith (540) 338-8703

Purcellville, VA—Daniel Chapin, son of Ron and Shelly Chapin of Gervais, won first place in the brief writing team competition of the January 30-31 Moot Court National Tournament in Arlington, TX. Chapin is a junior at the newly established Patrick Henry College (PHC) near Washington, D.C., a college of only 242 students that is able to produce talent sufficient to compete nationally and win.

Moot Court is a simulated forensics competition organized by a national league of colleges and universities where undergraduate students argue a current case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Moot Court is the best preparation for law school that I can imagine. Having one of the strongest Moot Court programs in the nation at PHC is a blessing for such a young college," said College President Mike Farris.

Just four years old, Patrick Henry is a Christian liberal arts college located in Purcellville, Virginia, 50 miles west of the nation's capital. Known for attracting high academic achievers, the college's 2003 freshman class averaged 1313 on the SAT, putting PHC on par with the best liberal arts colleges in America.

The college's mission is to train Christian men and women who will lead the nation and shape the culture with timeless biblical values and fidelity to the spirit of the American founding.

The Moot Court tournament was sponsored by the American Collegiate Moot Court Association.