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GMC Hosts Inaugural National Junior College Ethics Bowl

Georgia Military College hosted the first National Junior College Ethics Bowl on April 13, 2013 in Milledgeville. With eight participating teams from across the United States, each team competed in four rounds, with two teams advancing to the final round. The 2013 National Junior College Ethics Bowl Championship was awarded to Harper College from Palatine, Ill., with a final score of 134, defeating New Mexico Military Institute, from Rowsell, N.M., with a final score of 129. This was the first junior college version of the Association of Practical and Professional Ethics Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl that has been going on for 17 years. GMC Professor and ethics bowl coordinator, Rob Sherwood said, “The Association of Practical and Professional Ethics agreed to allow the creation of a junior college version of the established ethics bowl in order to meet the unique needs of two-year colleges across the country. Because of Georgia Military College’s character education program and past participation in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, GMC has been marked as a leader in ethics education and we were honored to host the inaugural event.” New York Life provided a generous grant to offset the cost of conducting the event. The Junior College Ethics Bowl follows the same criteria as the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. It 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 advance of the competition, each team receives a set of cases that raise issues in practical and professional ethics. At the competition, a moderator poses questions suggested by the various cases. A panel of judges encourages participants to justify their arguments and evaluates answers. Rating criteria include intelligibility, focus on ethically relevant considerations, avoidance of ethical irrelevance, and deliberative thoughtfulness. Harper College’s championship team is pictured below with MG Peter J. Boylan, President of Georgia Military College. View additional photos here: