Congratulations to the Montreat College Ethics Bowl team for placing in the top four at the 12th Annual North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) Ethics Bowl this past weekend. 

The Montreat College team went 4-0 in pool play beating: Gardner-Webb University, University of Mt. Olive, Queens University of Charlotte, and Chowan University. That sent Montreat to the Semi-Final round where they met Wingate University. The case for that round considered the ethics of removing Russia from the Security Council of the United Nations. Montreat lost in the Semi-Final round with a 3-2 split decision by a small margin of only two points. 

Once again Montreat College made a great showing at this event sponsored by the NCICU. In the past five times Montreat has participated in this event, our teams have collected four semi-finalist trophies.

Representing Montreat College, Dr. Mark Wells served as campus coordinator. Wells has been on faculty at Montreat College since 2006, where he currently serves as professor of philosophy and ethics, member of the cybersecurity strategy team, coach of the Montreat College Ethics Bowl team, and chair of the faculty executive committee. Montreat student participants included freshman Grant Larsen, sophomore Daniel Bussey, Junior Samantha Franze, senior Caprice Coffey and senior Christian Young. 

“All the participants demonstrated a high level of understanding of and insight about the complex issues presented,” said NCICU President Hope Williams. “It was apparent that they had done significant research in preparation for the Ethics Bowl. Judges and moderators of the event said the students’ commitment to the integrity of the event and the issues in the case studies presented instills them with great faith in these future leaders.”

Sixteen of North Carolina’s private colleges competed in the event which was held at the North Carolina Legislative Complex in Raleigh. More than sixty corporate, nonprofit, legislative and community leaders served as judges and moderators for the two-day event. 

The NCICU Ethics Bowl is made possible by the generous sponsorships of partners, allowing students to attend free of charge to both themselves and their institutions. Sponsoring Montreat this year is Coca-Cola Consolidated.