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W&L Students Participate in the 21st Annual Statewide Collegiate Wells Fargo Ethics Bowl Six students from Washington and Lee University participated in The Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges’ 21st annual statewide collegiate Wells Fargo Ethics Bowl in February.

Bench-3-Best1-scaled W&L Students Participate in the 21st Annual Statewide Collegiate Wells Fargo Ethics BowlBack row, standing, left to right: Chad Thomas, Max Gebauer, Jonah Sohn. Front row, seated: Cat Spencer, Melina Bell, Clare Perry, Kushali Kumar.

Six students from Washington and Lee University participated in The Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges’ (VFIC) 21st annual statewide collegiate Wells Fargo Ethics Bowl in February. The competition was held at the University of Lynchburg. The W&L team won three out of four matches and competed head-to-head against other highly qualified student teams from Virginia’s 15 leading independent colleges and universities, deliberating a variety of case studies highlighting ethical dilemmas.

The members of the W&L team were: Maximillian Gebauer ’22, Kushali Kumar ’22, Clare Perry ’21, Cat Spencer ’20, Jonah Sohn ’23 and Charles Thomas ’21. Melina Constantine Bell, professor of philosophy and law, was the faculty coordinator.

“We lost only to the team in our division that ended up in the final round – Hampden-Sydney,” said Bell. “In our division, there was a three-way tie in matches won between W&L, Hampden-Sydney College and Marymount University, so officials needed to use their tiebreaker formula to figure out who would be in the final round. Eventually Virginia Wesleyan University, from the other division, won.”

Founded in 1952, the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges is a nonprofit fund-raising partnership supporting the programs and students of 15 leading independent colleges in the Commonwealth. For additional information on the VFIC, visit www.vfic.org.