Montreat College reached the semifinals of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities’ (NCICU) sixth annual Ethics Bowl held February 17 and 18 at the State Legislative Complex in Raleigh, N.C. Montreat College advanced to the semifinals for the second straight year after going 4-0 in the preliminary rounds of the competition. Montreat was defeated in the semifinal round by eventual winner Salem College in a close 3-2 split decision.
Twenty-two colleges and universities from throughout North Carolina participated in the event, including Wake Forest University, High Point University, Mars Hill University, and Campbell University. This year’s focus was on the theme of Ethics in Law.
“The topics this year, developed by Dr. Jesse McCartney, retired Provost of Catawba College, were timely and complex,” said NCICU President Hope Williams. “We knew the students would be interested in issues that have been front and center in the news over the past year and we did not disappoint them.”
Montreat College’s team included students Ronnie Andronov, Stephen Clark, Josh Coe, Margaret Coe, Ian Galey, and Timothy Strange, along with Coach Mark Wells, a professor in the college’s Bible and Religion department.
“The team presented their cases admirably and represented Montreat College extraordinarily well,” said Coach Wells. “Montreat has earned a reputation as one of the best colleges at the NCICU Ethics Bowl competition. Other teams now respect Montreat College in any match, knowing the quality of students that we bring to the competition.”
The Ethics Bowl is made possible because of the support of 34 sponsors, led by Duke Energy and Wells Fargo, and the participation of more than 70 volunteer judges and moderators who are leaders in business, government, and non-profit organizations.