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GMC–Valdosta Ranked in Top Ten at Southeast Regional Ethics Bowl

Congratulations to Georgia Military College-Valdosta for placing 7th at the Southeast Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl (IEB) held on November 13th at St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, Florida. Twenty-four teams from across the southeast competed in the event, which consisted of three rounds. During the first round, against University of Florida, GMC-Valdosta scored the highest of all 24 teams. GMC-Valdosta outscored University of Tampa in the 2nd round but lost to the host school, University Of South Florida, St. Petersburg in the 3rd and final round. Georgia Military College was the only community college in the top 10, scoring higher than teams from four-year schools such as Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, University of Florida, University of Tampa, and University of Richmond, among others. GMC-Valdosta’s Ethics Team members are (pictured, left to right) Cory Howard, Stephen Donaldson, Ron Davis and Walker Hoye. According to the Association of Practical and Professional Ethics, the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl (IEB) is a team competition that combines the excitement and fun of a competitive tournament with an innovative approach to education in practical and professional ethics for undergraduate students. In the IEB, each team receives a set of cases which raise issues in practical and professional ethics in advance of the competition and prepare an analysis of each case. At the competition, a moderator poses questions, based on a case taken from that set, to the teams. A panel of judges may probe the teams for further justifications and evaluates answers. Rating criteria are intelligibility, focus on ethically relevant considerations, avoidance of ethical irrelevance and deliberative thoughtfulness.