Ethics & Presidential Politics Deliberated at 2017 Ethics Bowl at VWC
Student teams from 15 private, independent colleges across the commonwealth gathered at Virginia Wesleyan on February 12 and 13 to compete in the 18th annual Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) Ethics Bowl. The teams, divided into two divisions, deliberated on the topic “Ethics & U.S. Presidential Politics” in four moderated, judged rounds. Thirty-six business people/community leaders volunteered their time and talents to serve as moderators and judges during the event. Wells Fargo has been the primary sponsor for the Ethics Bowl for 16 years.
VWC lead faculty coordinator for Virginia Wesleyan’s Ethics Bowl teams, Professor of Communication Kathy Merlock Jackson said, “Our students represented us well, winning five out of eight rounds, collectively. VWC Team 1 (Riley Conrad, Kelsi Robins, Melissa Fisher, and Nicholas Hipple) won rounds over Washington and Lee, Sweet Briar, and Lynchburg and lost by only three points to University of Richmond. VWC Team 2 (Kyle Grabulis, Jared White, Dante Davis, and Tanail Canty), all newcomers to the Ethics Bowl this year, lost their first two rounds on Sunday to Mary Baldwin and Hampden-Sydney but came on strong during Monday’s competition winning over both Bridgewater and Hollins.”
Division winners advancing to the final round were from Hampden-Sydney College and the University of Richmond. Hampden-Sydney College won the final round of the 2017 VFIC Ethics Bowl, securing the coveted Batten trophy for the second year in a row.