Ethics Bowl Team Makes Championship Round

February 15, 2011

H-SC TeamChristopher Deen '13, J.B. Potter '11,  Baker Allen '14, and Osric Forrest '12 (center left to right) comprised the 2011 Hampden-Sydney VFIC Ethics Bowl team.  The Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges (VFIC) Ethics Bowl, sponsored by the Wachovia Foundation, was held at Virginia Wesleyan College on February 13 and 14.

For the second year in a row, H-SC made the championship round but fell just short and placed 2nd. The team overcame an early loss to finish 3-1 in a three-way tie for the qualifier spot.  The HSC team posted the highest speaker points to win the tie-breaker and earn their place in the championship round.  The topic this year was “Ethics and Privacy.”

The final round, according to the judges, which included retired journalist Roger Mudd (second from left) and Martha-Ann Alito (far right), wife to the Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who was also in attendance, was a close affair.  Our team acquitted themselves in brilliant fashion in all of their rounds.

In the past four years the H-SC Ethics Bowl team has compiled an enviable record.  In 2008 they went 3-1 and missed the championship round by a tie-breaker.  Again in 2009 they went 3-1 and missed the championship round by a tie-breaker. In 2010 they went 4-0 but lost in the championship round. This year the team went 3-1 and won the tie-breaker. Thus the team has a four year record of 13-3, excluding the final rounds, making it one of the most successful teams over the years.

Dr. James Janowski (second from right) , Associate Professor of Philosophy, and Dr. Marc Hight (far left) ,  Elliott Associate Professor of Philosophy, are the co-coordinators of the HSC Ethics Bowl Team