The University of Central Arkansas Ethics Bowl Team placed fourth at the regional competition qualifying them a national spot in the spring.

The team will travel to compete in nationals March 3-4, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

The sponsoring organization is the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE).

In the ethics bowl, hundreds of students and teams argue and defend positions on ethical topics in journalism, law, business, medicine and social work.

The UCA Ethics Bowl Team first competed at the regional level in 2016 and ranked fourth among 32 teams; the UCA team will be the only team from an Arkansas university competing at the national level.

"This was a very impressive performance by all of the students who participated," Benjamin Rider, the coach and associate professor of philosophy, said. "Qualifying for nationals, in only our second year of competition, is a testament both to the hard work these students invested as well as the quality of UCA as an institution. We’re going to go to Chicago and have some fun, and we’ll try to make an impact."

UCA’s Ethics Bowl Team members are Alex Waitkus, Lauren McHenry, Nelson Graves, Cagney Kilgroe, Hannah Hanshaw, Ge’Shaun Faison, Latavian Johnson, Leslie Balentine and Carolyn Casey.

Team coaches are Rider and Jim Dietrick, associate professor of religious studies.

The APPE is a comprehensive, international organization advancing scholarship, education and practice in practical and professional ethics. The organization holds different conferences as well as collegiate competitions across the U.S.

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