Ethics and Leadership Debate Team Wins Mid-Atlantic Regional Ethics Bowl

The Wake Forest ethics and leadership debate team, which is sponsored by the Center for Leadership and Character, competed this weekend in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ethics Bowl and captured the top prize. The competition team consisted of:  Sam Aldershof (‘19), Connor Clendenen (‘17), Sam O’Connor (‘19), Zach Orr (‘18) and Clare Zahn (‘18) and was held at Clemson, S.C.

Each team consists of three to five undergraduates and must be coached by either faculty or graduate students. The following schools participated:

  • Wake Forest University
  • Clemson University
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Central Florida
  • Mary’s College of Maryland
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • University of North Carolina–Charlotte
  • Augusta University
  • University of Maryland–Baltimore County
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • University of North Georgia
  • Campbell University

Faculty advisor Charles Lankau reports that the Wake team was the only one to win every round as they moved through the semi-finals and finals. The team is coached by Stephen Oldham, a third-year WFU law student.

The next competition will be the North Carolina Ethics Bowl in February, which is sponsored by North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU), and is comprised of the state’s 36 private, nonprofit liberal arts, research, and comprehensive colleges and universities accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

The team also has its sights set on the national debate stage, to compete in the 20th Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, also held in February.