Ethics bowl

BC students compete at National Ethics Bowl

BC students compete at National Ethics Bowl

Wed Jan 25, 2017

Three Brazosport College students recently turned in strong showings at the Two-Year College National Ethics Bowl competition at the University of Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland.

BC students Jesse Korsah, Ginger Weldon and Jake Reinhardt all attended the competition. Brazosport College was the only school from Texas at the event.

“Academically speaking, this exposed us to a lot of new opinions that we had never heard before,” Weldon said. “It was a really good experience for all of us.”

The purpose of the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl is to give students an opportunity to enter an academic competition that combines excitement and fun with an educationally valuable experience in the areas of practical and professional ethics.

“It was really eye-opening to see other points of view,” Reinhardt said. “Many of the questions required us to think beyond where we had thought before. It definitely helps your communication skills, and it will help us for the future.”

Korsah, who agreed with Reinhardt’s opinion about the competition, believed the different opinions on the team played a big role in the team’s success.

“This helps us because you think about the ethical standpoints of everything you do in your everyday life and how it affects others,” Korsah said. “The fact that we all had different viewpoints on all the cases really helped. It made for a great blend of opinions.”

The competition focuses on selected cases developed by the Association for Practical & Professional Ethics (APPE) faculty, researchers and professionals. The panel covers a wide range of disciplines, including, but not limited to, business, engineering, journalism, law, medicine and social work.

“Working with students for the Ethics Bowl is one of the most enjoyable things I do at the College,” said Carrie Pritchett, BC Honors Program Director and Ethics Bowl coach. “I like to see the students work through ethical issues that will come up in their professional lives.

“I’m very proud of them,” Pritchett added. “They were all first-time Ethics Bowl participants and this was a very good experience for them.”

For more information on the Honors Program or participating with the Ethics Bowl team at Brazosport College, contact Pritchett at (979) 230-3538 or e-mailcarrie.pritchett@brazosport.edu.