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Whitworth’s Philosoraptors Win Regional Ethics Bowl, Qualify for Nationals

November 22, 2022

Whitworth’s Ethics Bowl team, the Philosoraptors, has done it again. 

The team won the Northwest Regional Ethics Bowl at Pacific Lutheran University on Nov. 19. This is the 12th time in 15 years Whitworth has qualified for nationals. 

The Philosoraptors defeated Pacific Lutheran University, Washington State University and Gonzaga University in the preliminary rounds and went on to beat the University of Puget Sound in the semifinals and rival Seattle University in the finals. 

The team comprises Logan Bateman ’24, Ryan Burgess ’25, Izy Iral ’23, Eleanor Jeffers ’24 and Emma Maple ’23.  

The Philosoraptors analyzed 12 cases covering a wide range of topics including banning Russian athletes in international sports competitions and content moderation policies at Twitter.  

Alumni Lisa Fox Ledford ’06, Krister Johnson ’13, T.J. Westre ’16, James Eccles ’17, Jacob Farrell ’19 and Jed Young ’22 were guest judges for Whitworth.  

The Philosoraptors will head to the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Portland, Ore., in March. 

Whitworth has won the national competition three times and in 2012 was the first Christian college to take first place.

The team is coached by Professor of Communication Studies Mike Ingram and Professor of Philosophy Keith Wyma.

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 2,500 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Michael Ingram, professor of communication studies, director of forensics, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4428 or

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