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Georgia Military College Columbus Students Place in Ethics Essay Contest

Three Georgia Military College Columbus students were recently awarded cash prizes for placing in GMC Columbus’ Summer Ethics Essay Contest. The first place prize was awarded to Dominic Hill of Columbus, while second place was given to David Jacobs of Columbus, and third to Tracie Johnson of Fort Benning. An initiative of GMC’s Ethics Committee, led by GMC Columbus’ Ethics Program Coordinator, Dr. Stephen Barber of Columbus, the contest occurs once per eight-week term. Each student entering the contest is allowed to select his or her own topic from a list of ethically-oriented concepts. A committee of faculty and staff members chose the three winners based on their demonstrated understanding of their respective topics, their use of critical thinking skills, and the quality of their examples.Second place winner David Jacobs of Columbus chose to write about empathy and “learned a lot” during the writing process about “morality, because [he] had to . . . figure out not only how[he] felt aboutthe topic, but how everyone else felt as well.” Jacobs felt “indescribable amazement” when he learned he placed in the contest. Jacobs believes GMC does a good job of incorporating ethics into its curricula and culture because “the assignments [students] do are based on the Honor Code,” and because GMC’s students, faculty, and staff exhibit “common courtesy and respect” to one another.