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Ethics Club Makes Semifinals in National Bioethics Bowl

UGA Ethics Bowl National Team 2024
Pictured left to right: Sam Guimond, Zoe Schweitzer, Peter Bartlett, Mong Vo, Mark Westrick, Caty Huff, Steve Guimond
Pictured l-r: Sam Guimond, Zoe Schweitzer, Peter Bartlett, Mong Vo, Mark Westrick, Caty Huff, Steve Guimond

Congratulations to UGA’s Ethics Club for an impressive performance in the National Bioethics Bowl, which took place at Baylor College in Waco, TX on Saturday, April 13. Finishing as the highest ranked public university in the tournament, UGA’s team ranked 3rd place out of 20 teams, behind runner up Georgetown University and winner Stanford University.

UGA’s team included undergraduate students Sam Guimond, Mark Westrick, Zoe Schweitzer, Caty Huff, and Mong Vo (as pictured left to right above) and they were accompanied by club president Peter Bartlett. "Our team members all worked very hard to prepare our cases and were very active in making sure our team was ready for competition in every way, including eagerly volunteering with Designated Dawgs,” says team captain Sam Guimond. “We had a blast travelling to Waco, this will be a memory I will hold with me for a long time."

The group partnered with Designated Dawgs, an organization that provides free rides to people in downtown Athens, borrowing a van in exchange for several nights of volunteering. Guimond’s father, Steve Guimond, served as the driver on the overnight trip, a long 14-hour each-way drive from Athens to Texas and back.

“Participating in the National Bioethics Bowl was such a fun and valuable experience!” says Schweitzer. “We were exposed to so many different viewpoints and strategies, but more importantly we were able to have meaningful discussions and give genuine consideration to multiple arguments of important issues."

“This was also my first experience with the Ethics Club after joining due to my newfound interest in philosophy—I was shocked to find they're actually very fun people,” says Vo. “I really hope I get the opportunity to participate in another Ethics Bowl in the future!"

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