This weekend, the E&H Ethics Bowl team competed in debate with other schools within the VFIC, or the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. E&H won the first three rounds of debate and narrowly lost in the fourth round against University of Richmond. The topic this year was ‘ethics and presidential politics.’
The E&H team competed in two rounds per day. On Sunday, the team went up against Marymount University and Washington and Lee. On Monday, they competed against Roanoke and University of Richmond.
The current E&H Ethics Bowl team members are Austin Falin, Mason Boyd, Catherine Wiedman, Chase Crickenberger and Kaeleigh Damico. Dr. Letson serves as the team coordinator.
“It went very well. We went three-in-one in debate, which was the first time we had done so in years. We also beat Washington Lee for the first time as far as Dr. Letson knows, ever. So that was really awesome,” said sophomore Austin Falin. He has been a teammate for the Ethics Bowl for one year.
Three of the current team members–Chase Crickenberger, Catherine Wiedman and Kaeleigh Daminco–are seniors. This was their last Ethics Bowl competition with E&H.
“This year was really bittersweet, because it was my fourth and final time competing. I’m really proud of my team and can’t wait to hear how they do next year,” said senior Catherine Wiedman. She has competed in the Ethics Bowl four times.
Students are eligible to join the Ethics Bowl team through recommendation or appointment by the E&H Department of Philosophy. Students are chosen based on how engaged they are with philosophy in their studies, and if they are outstanding students in terms of grades. For Falin, joining the Ethics Bowl team this year was an honor.
“I’m excited to establish a legacy that I hope will continue as long as I am with the group,” said Falin.
The next Ethics Bowl competition will take place in the coming spring semester at Hampden–Sydney College.
– Orion Rummler