Childress is in his third year of competition on the VHS Speech and Debate Team and currently serves as the Team Captain. Patrick competes in Humorous Interpretation and Duo Interpretation. He was a 2016 National Qualifier in Humorous Interpretation and competed at the National Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah last summer. Additionally, Patrick serves the NSDA as a member of the Student Leadership Committee.
The Academic All-American Award, established in 1999, recognizes students who have earned the degree of Superior Distinction (750 points); completed at least five semesters of high school; demonstrated outstanding character and leadership; and earned a GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).