YSU Ethics Bowl team places second in nation

The YSU Ethics Bowl team, from the left, Tyler Miller Gordon, Jacob Shriner-Briggs and Lindsay Heldreth, placed second in the nation in the recent Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Virginia. Also pictured are the team's coach, Alan Tomhave, YSU associate professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Deborah Mower, professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies.

The YSU Ethics Bowl team, from the left, Tyler Miller Gordon, Jacob Schriner-Briggs and Lindsay Heldreth, placed second in the nation in the recent Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Virginia. Also pictured are the team’s coach, Alan Tomhave, YSU associate professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Deborah Mower, professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies.

A team of Youngstown State University students placed second nationally in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl earlier this month in Virginia.

In all, teams from 36 universities competed, including the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Indiana University, Northwestern University and the U.S. Military and Naval academies.

“After the competition was completed, someone who had seen our team during the day and watched the final round said that their ‘arguments were goosebump worthy,’ said Alan Tomhave, YSU associate professor of Philosophy and the team’s coach. “This is a pretty amazing compliment to our team.”

Members of YSU’s team are: Tyler Miller Gordon of Hubbard, Ohio, a junior majoring in French and Philosophy; Lindsay Heldreth of Canfield, Ohio, a sophomore majoring in Political Science and Philosophy; and Jacob Schriner-Briggs of Austintown, Ohio, a senior majoring in Political Science and Philosophy.

The team qualified for the national contest after excelling at a regional competition in Indianapolis last fall. The national competition was in Reston, Va., hosted by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.

Tomhave said the entire Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, as well as faculty in other colleges across campus, assisted with the team.

“We have already started recruiting students to participate next year and hope to maintain YSU as a force in the ethics bowl,” he said.