Patrick Henry College doubles enrollment
As a busy summer draws to a close, Patrick Henry College is preparing to welcome nearly 160 students—almost double last year's enrollment—to begin classes August 31. Recent funding has enabled the college to begin building out the basement of one of the residence halls, providing a larger meeting and recreation facility for the coming year. Both weekly "town hall" meetings and daily chapel will be held here.
Fall 2001 PHC applicants have an outstanding average of 1256 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT-I). Through exceptional leadership in their churches and communities, the incoming class has demonstrated that they also have the character required to lead with integrity in their personal and professional lives.
Nearly 95 percent of this year's applicants were home schooled for part to all of their education. Many said their positive home schooling experience was a factor in their interest in PHC.
Being home schooled from grades 6-12 allowed Rayel Papke, 18, of Merritt Island, Florida, to pursue her interest in government whole-heartedly, she said. Rayel volunteered with Christian Coalition, interned in the law offices of Burrows and Jester, and worked at a horseback-riding center for the handicapped. She plans to pursue a law degree after completing her course of study at PHC.
Jesse Paine, 20, of Wichita, Kansas, began his home schooling experience in junior high. He believes his calling is to law and politics. In addition to serving as a delegate to the 4th District Republican Party Central Committee, Jesse works at the law firm of Boyer, Donaldson, and Stewart. He volunteered for Congressman Todd Tiahrt's re-election campaign in 1998 and lobbied for home schooling before state legislators at the 1997 "Day Under the Dome" event at the Kansas State Capitol.
"Unique and delightful . . . unconventional and eclectic" are the words Lee Ann Bisulca, 21, of Woodbridge, Virginia, chooses to describe her home education experience from grades 3-12. By "inheriting my parents' specialized knowledge, I have a much firmer foundation from which to launch my own callings," she said. The oldest of nine children, Lee Ann is an accomplished pianist who plays for church, as well as a local retirement center. She also teaches Sunday school and AWANA. Lee Ann will begin studies at PHC as a Classical Liberal Arts major and wants to become a writer.
Matthew Brownfield, 18, of Iowa Park, Texas, says he began home schooling in high school when his parents began to see "inconsistency in our lives. . . . My sister and I were taught at home and church about Christ and His commandments; however, we attended schools where we were taught philosophies in direct opposition to God's law." His decision to attend Patrick Henry College was influenced by a desire to learn in an environment that was not antagonistic toward Christ, and to interact with a student body that "has tremendous potential to impact the nation for Christ." Matthew aspires to law school and politics.
Sarah Nagasako, 18, of Honolulu, Hawaii, was home schooled K-12. Coming to PHC appealed to her after learning about the political process during several trips she made to Washington, DC, to attend the Eagle Forum Council and the Eagle Forum Collegian Conference. Sarah hopes to work in advocacy and is particularly interested in continuing to work for home schooling rights in Hawaii.
The class of 2005 joins a group of exceptional young people with great potential to lead our nation, shape our culture, and make the vision of Patrick Henry College a reality.