Welcome to the Patrick Henry College Challenge 2024!

March 7-9, 2024

Sponsored by:

Patrick Henry College

The tournament will be held on the beautiful Patrick Henry College campus at
10 Patrick Henry Circle
Purcellville, Virginia 20132

Patrick Henry College is proud to present nearly $5,000 worth of PHC Teen Leadership Camp awards to Stoa students. These are each a $705 value! PHC Teen Leadership Camps offers 11 different camp opportunities spread across 4 weeks (June 16-July 13). If you attend the PHC Stoa tournament in March, you will be entered for a chance to win 1 of 7 different full-tuition scholarships to PHC Teen Leadership Camps in Summer 2024. PHC camps (ages 14-18) are designed with a Christian worldview where teens grow deep in their faith, friendships, and academic pursuits!

Visit https://www.phc.edu/teen-camps-home

Here are the 2024 camp offerings:

Strategic Intelligence: June 16-22
SI: Advanced (for returning SI campers only): June 16-22
Leadership & Worldview: June 23-June 29
Constitutional Law: June 23-June 29
Literature & History: June 23-June 29
Moot Court: June 30- July 6
Entrepreneurship & Economics: June 30- July 6
Speech: June 30- July 6
Debate: July 7-13
Multi-Media Journalism: July 7-13
Drama & Theater: July 7-13

Registration opens

Waitlists usually open up!

Thursday, February 1, 2024, at 10:00am ET and closes
Sunday, February 18, 2024, at Midnight for all events including TP, LD, Parli, and all STOA Speech events

All competitors must be members of Stoa for the 2023-2024 season.
To join, please see the link below:

Parent Attendance and Requirements
Please see the Parent Page for parent requirements. Remember this is not a drop-off event. You are expected to remain at the event with your student and serve as a judge when needed. If you are unable to attend, you need to arrange for another adult as a guardian and judge for your child. Each chaperone may only cover 1 additional student outside his/her own children.

Speech Events (all 12 Stoa events):

(Rules can be found at http://Stoausa.org)

Limited Prep:
Mars Hill (Current Visual Media, Classic Music Lyrics, Current Cultural Media, The Arts)
Extemp (International, Domestic, and Economic)
Apologetics (Categories 1,2,5,6)

Original Oratory


Interp in a Box

*Students may register for a max of 3 speech events per pattern and 6 total speech events per tournament.

Each speech category must have at least 4 competitors to be offered. Patterns may be adjusted after registration closes. Final Round contingent upon event registration numbers.

Unlike years past, WE WILL HAVE CLOSED TAB at this tournament.


Debate fees:
$65 per debater (includes meals)
Speech fees:
$45 for first speech event and $5 for each additional event (includes meals)


No outside food is permitted inside the buildings of the PHC campus. Outside food may be eaten at designated spots outdoors on campus or in your car.
Additional cafeteria lunches and dinners for non-competitors may be pre-purchased at the time of registration. The cost is $10/meal

Cafeteria lunches and dinners may be purchased on the days of the tournament, but the cost will be substantially higher than pre-purchase prices. The cost will be $12/meal

Please see Food tab at left for details.


For questions, please contact:
Tournament Director: Sara Davis
Text@ 540-931-1307

Script Submission

IMPORTANT: There will be NO on-site script submission for the PHC Challenge Speech Tournament.
DEADLINE for script submission will be midnight Friday, Feb 23, 2024.
Follow the link on the left for more details.


7:00 - 7:30 AM_ Parli Check-In, Barbara Hodel Center Lobby
7:30 - 7:45 AM
Prayer & Announcements, Barbara Hodel Center Gym
1:45 - 2:15 PM
TP/LD Debate Check-In, Barbara Hodel Lobby


7:30 - 7:45 AM _ Prayer & Announcements, Barbara Hodel Center Gym
8:30- 9:00 AM _ Speech Check-In, Barbara Hodel Center Lobby


7:30 - 7:45 AM _ Prayer & Announcements, Barbara Hodel Center Gym
7:45 - 8:30 PM _ PHC Presentation and Q&A
8:30 - 9:30 PM
Speech and Debate Awards_

Judge Requirement: 

Each competitor MUST provide a judge available to judge two rounds for each event the competitor has entered. There is a six-round family cap. Please encourage community and alumni judges to sign up through the judge registration link. Because of the way that judges are assigned to rounds, YOU MUST BE THERE FOR THE TIMES FOR WHICH YOU HAVE REGISTERED.
In addition, local competitors (those living within 30 miles of the tournament) are asked to recruit at least (4) rounds of community or alumni judging.

Community Judges:

Judge Orientation will be virtual this year. Please see judge tab.

Patrick Henry College Campus Tours

Thursday 4:15- 5:00 PM
Friday 4:15- 5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00-10:45 and 4:15- 5:00 PM