1st Annual CSRA High School Ethics Bowl held at Georgia Military College

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The Ethics Bowl brought success to a well-prepared team, and the volunteers who helped make the 1st annual bowl possible.

On Saturday, February 2nd, the 1st Annual CSRA High School Ethics Bowl was held at Georgia Military College in Martinez, GA. Six local high schools sent Junior ROTC units to participate in the competition, including Cross Creek High School, Elbert County High School, Evans High School, Silver Bluff High School, Thompson High School, and Westside High School.

After a long day of competition, the Army JROTC team from Elbert County High School took home the first place prize. This team was undefeated throughout the day due to their outstanding preparation. At the end of November, the high school formed a faculty team and held mock sessions between the students and faculty. This team spent over three months preparing for the CSRA event, and after their win will now qualify to compete in the national championship.

The runner up was Cross Creek High School’s Navy JROTC unit.

The Ethics Team from Georgia Military College has coordinated with the Elbert County team to conduct rehearsals and practice sessions in preparation for the National High School Ethics Bowl, which will take place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on April 19th and 20th of this year.

Many community members volunteered their time to make the 1st Annual CSRA High School Ethics Bowl possible by helping with judging, event set-up, serving refreshments, and team sign-in on Saturday morning.

LTC Gary Engen, Retired, acted as Senior Judge, with Lead Judges Dr. Ja’net Bishop, Principle at Columbia County Alternative School; Rev. Dr. Gregory Francisco, Archbishop to the United States Armed Forces and Department of Defense; and Dr. Steven Weiss, Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center Ethics Committee and Professor of Philosophy at Georgia Regents University.

The Military Order of the World Wars, Augusta Chapter, and the BSA Georgia-Carolina Council were co-sponsors of the 1st annual CSRA bowl, and provided several volunteer judges.

The event was a big success, and several local CSRA high schools that were unable to participate this year have expressed their desire to participate in next year’s CSRA High School Ethics Bowl.

Several judges, moderators, and volunteers expressed interest in forming a CSRA High School Ethics Bowl Committee to begin planning for next year's event. The committee plans to launch a website where they will archive the results of the annual bowl and post updates about future plans and events. Professor James Brady, a communications and ethics professor at Georgia Military College, will serve as chair of the new committee.

Professor Brady served as the coordinator for the 2012 CSRA High School Ethics Bowl, and is also the faculty adviser to the Ethics Team at Georgia Military College in Augusta. GMC’s team recently won first place at the Fall 2012 GMC State Intramural Ethics Bowl Championship for the third year running.

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Georgia Military College is a two-year junior college that provides liberal arts based undergraduate curriculum and prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The college offers 28 degree programs, small class sizes, and flexible scheduling with day, night, weekend, and online classes. Financial aid is available for qualified students.

The campus is located at 115 Davis Road in Martinez, and also offers classes on post at Fort Gordon through the Education Center, located at 741 Barnes Avenue. If you would like more information about Georgia Military College or would like to schedule a visit, please call 706.993.1123 or visit http://www.gmcaugusta.com.

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