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Georgia Military College Students to Compete in National Two-Year College Ethics Bowl Championship in Chicago

Five students from Georgia Military College (GMC) at Augusta have been selected to present and debate at the national championship of the two-year college Ethics Bowl 2014 in Chicago on March 15. The Ethics Bowl is a presentation of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) to provide a greater opportunity for students across the nation to leverage the benefits of researching contemporary ethical issues, refining and polishing critical thinking skills, developing core values, and ultimately helping them become future leaders in their communities and professions. James Brady, Ethics and Critical Thinking instructor, is in his fifth year as lead adviser and coach of the GMC Augusta Ethics Bowl team. Richard Herdegen, Economics and Ethics instructor, also coaches the team. Brady says the emphasis on character education at GMC makes the Ethics Bowl the perfect venue for students to build toward stronger communities using the “character first” philosophy. “The very foundation of GMC is built on upholding excellent ethical standards because, in the end, it doesn’t matter how smart we are if we lack character,” says Brady. “This competition allows students to further solidify their character study by participating in a highly educational, principled process in a non-traditional academic environment. “It has been an enriching experience for the coaches to work with this team as they prepare responses for the 12 ethical cases the APPE provides,” says Brady. “The team must prepare to debate an ethical question — which remains completely confidential until the moment of debate —on any of the 12 cases. These students set aside any desire for personal recognition and built a cohesive team by recognizing each individual’s strengths. It’s that pervasive attitude of genuine respect for each other and their contribution that makes this team so strong.” The 2014 GMC Augusta Ethics Bowl Team members are: Ashley Cordell, junior, of Augusta, Ga. Terrell Glover, sophomore, of Conyers, Ga. Christopher Hamb, sophomore, Ethics Bowl Team Captain, of Harlem, Ga. Christopher Shipman, sophomore, of Hephzibah, Ga. David Walker, sophomore, of Evans, Ga. Cordell was the captain of the 2013 GMC Augusta Ethics Bowl team, which placed third overall nationally. In addition to the GMC Augusta Ethic Bowl Team, a student team from GMC Milledgeville will also participate in the Ethics Bowl in Chicago. For more information about The APPE Two-Year College Ethics Bowl, visit http://appe.indiana.edu/.