Snow College Takes Fourth in Ethics Bowl

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Sommer Baisch, Melissa Gardner, Nikko Pedersen, Amalia Sorensen, and Webbie Ferguson (not pictured) represent Snow College at the Wasatch Regional Ethics Bowl. Photo courtesy of Gregory Wright

Sommer Baisch, Melissa Gardner, Nikko Pedersen, Amalia Sorensen, and Webbie Ferguson (not pictured) represent Snow College at the Wasatch Regional Ethics Bowl. Photo courtesy of Gregory Wright

On Saturday Nov 9, Sommer Baisch, Melissa Gardner, Nikko Pedersen, Amalia Sorensen and Webbie Ferguson represented Snow College at the Wasatch Regional Ethics Bowl.

The Ethics Bowl is a competition sponsored by the associations for Practical and Professional Ethics. Each team answers questions posed by a panel and make arguments based on contemporary ethical dilemmas. The teams debate using moral theory.

When asked about his first Ethics Bowl experience, Nikko Pedersen said, “It was pretty exciting and awesome because Snow College has never been represented before. We beat out USU, Westminster, and U of U.”

The competition included eleven teams from USU (two teams), UVU (two teams), Weber State, the U of U, Westminster College, Montana State, and SLCC. The Wasatch region is known to be one of the most competitive regions in the country. UVU has been a quarterfinalist and Weber State, Montana State, and Westminster College have been finalists at a national competition.

Having such tough competition, Snow College’s Ethics Bowl team placed in the top four.  Weber State took first, UVU B team second, UVU A team third, and Snow College fourth.

Gregory Wright, assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy said, “The significance of this accomplishment is that our students, who are sophomores and who have only had a half semester of philosophy, were competitive with and beat some of the strongest teams in the country—teams that were made up of junior and senior philosophy majors.”

The five academic athletes researched, discussed, and prepared for many hours in preparation for the competition.  Professor Wright said, “Their success is a reflection of their hard work and dedication.  Furthermore, they were professional in their presentations and were gracious winners and losers during and after the competition.  They represent the best of Snow College.”

If Weber State or UVU is unable to attend the national competition, Snow College’s new Ethics Team will be representing the Wasatch region on Thursday, February 27, 2014 in Jacksonville Florida.

Cheyenne Davis is passionate about education and her family. She like to laugh and have fun, longboard, photography, playing cards, frisbee, and cross-stitch. She has climbed the 45 ft rock wall on campus in 50 seconds and has entered into the one minute club. Her favorite foods are spicy mexican food, pickles, chocolate milk, fruit. She avoids blueberries, onions, and asparagus. In high school she was the editor of the yearbook and she continues this journalistic tradition as a writer for the Snowdrift.

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