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Whitworth’s Ethics Bowl Team Qualifies for the National Bowl

November 16, 2020

Whitworth’s Ethics Bowl team, the Philosoraptors, has qualified for the national bowl again. The team took second place at the Northwest Regional Ethics Bowl on Nov. 7, competing in an online format.   

Whitworth defeated Washington State University and the University of Portland and then went on to defeat Gonzaga University in the semifinals. The team lost a close decision to Seattle University in the final round. 

Other teams attending the bowl included Pacific Lutheran University, the University of British Columbia and Whitman College.  

The Whitworth team is comprised of philosophy and theology double major Eric Anderson ’21, computer science major Elizabeth Min ’21, computer science major Zakris Pierson ’22, political science major Celia Vigil ’23 and Kylie Vera ’22. 

The team analyzed 12 cases written by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. The cases covered a wide range of topics including moratoria on rent related to COVID-19, Civil War reenactments, and California’s Proposition 209 that restricted the use of affirmative action.

Alumni serving as guest judges for Whitworth were Ryan Howard ’98, Lisa Fox Ledford ’06, Kelly Weirich ’09, Krister Johnson ’13, Jonathan Kim ’15, Rebecca Korf ’15, Sarah Streyder ’15, T.J. Westre ’16, James Eccles ’17 and Jacob Dunning ’20.  

The Philosoraptors have qualified for the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl next February, making this the 11th time in 13 years Whitworth has qualified for nationals. Whitworth was the first Christian college and first small liberal arts college to win the national bowl and has won that bowl three times, most recently in 2019. 

The team is coached by Mike Ingram, director of forensics and professor of communication studies; Keith Wyma, professor of philosophy; and Rebecca Korf ’15. 

About Whitworth University:

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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