SMALL CHRISTIAN COLLEGE MOCK TRIAL TEAM RANKS IN TOP 1% IN THE NATION

April 22, 2019

Purcellville, VA, April 15, 2019 - Patrick Henry College (PHC) placed 4thamong 48 teams representing 40 of the nation's top colleges and universities at the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) national tournament in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania last weekend.

There are more than 750 teams that compete in collegiate-level Mock Trial competition each year. From the 750, the top 48 continue on to compete at the national level. A fourth-place finish at the national competition is equivalent to finishing in the top 1% in the nation.

The top 20 individual competitors at the tournament receive an All-American award for outstanding performance. PHC students earned 3 of them. Senior, Caleb Engle, earned PHC an All-American Attorney Award. Junior, Kyle Ziemnick, and freshman, Ben Crosby, earned All-American Witness Awards.

For PHC, the fourth place finish in their division is 8 places higher than any prior PHC team.

Patrick Henry College is a forensics powerhouse with an unmatched legacy in collegiate moot court as well. Two months ago, PHC teams won the college's 12th National Moot Court competition in the past 15 years. No other college in the history of the American Moot Court Association has won more than once.

This outstanding performance came at a somber time for Patrick Henry College as the long-standing coach of the mock trial and moot court teams, Dr. Frank Guliuzza, had just passed away two months prior. Dr. Guliuzza was a well-loved and respected leader in mock trial and moot court circles, serving as past President of the American Mock Trial Association and the American Moot Court Association.

The American Mock Trial Association paid tribute to the legacy of Dr. Guliuzza at the National Championship and honored "Dr. G" by renaming PHC's division the Dr. Guliuzza Division.

Founded in 2000, PHC offers a unique classical Christian liberal arts program that combines high academic rigor, fidelity to the spirit of the American founding, and an unwavering biblical worldview; producing an unmatched record of performance for such a young institution. Patrick Henry College is already known as one of the top pre-law advising programs in the nation.

Here is the list of students that competed in the national tournament:

  • Chris Baldacci: Senior, Winfield, IL
  • Benjamin Crosby, Freshman, Burlington, VA
  • Caleb Engle: Senior, Indianapolis, IN
  • Brianna Kelly: Junior, Ashboro, NC
  • Caitlin Kelly: Freshman, Ashboro, NC
  • Audrey Miller: Freshman, Thousand Oaks, CA
  • Cooper Millhouse: Senior, Purcellville, VA
  • Kyle Ziemnick: Junior, Purcellville, VA

Three alumni coaches supported Dr. Guliuzza in the PHC Mock Trial program: James Compton, Christian Fernandez, and Sarah Geesaman.

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