Ethics Bowl Team Wins at Competition

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St. Petersburg College’s Ethics Bowl Team won the first and third places in the Stetson University Templeton Business Ethics Case Competition that was held February 20-21, 2020, in DeLand, Florida. The SPC team won first place in its bracket, and third place overall. Four Colleges were in the final bracket, including Georgetown University, United States Naval Academy, Iowa State University, and St. Petersburg College. About 25 Colleges from across the country participated.  

The SPC team served as a Consulting Firm to the Governing Board of the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) regarding an application for a permit renewal by Seven Springs Water Company, Inc., (SSWC) near High Springs, Florida. The approved permit will have a five-year term and allow 1.152 million gallons of water per day to be extracted. The water will be sold to Nestle Waters North America (NWNA).  The SPC Firm explored the financial, legal and ethical implications of the permit renewal and posited specific recommendations to Chair Virginia H. Johns and the other eight members of the Board.

Acting Dean Dave Monroe said of the performance, “The Applied Ethics Institute of St. Petersburg College has been a leader developing and maintaining excellent, educationally impactful, co-curricular activities for SPC students. One of the most enduring and successful of these is the Ethics Bowl team. It offers students the opportunity not only to participate in critical reflection on timely moral problems, but also gives the team members the chance to vie with other bright young minds from around the country. The fact that our team not only competes, but frequently wins or places highly at competitions like this, is a testament to the excellence of our team. We congratulate Liam Nolan, Uroob Saeed, and Manolo Plazas on a job well done. And we are also very grateful to our coaches, Professor George Sherman and Dr. Adeniji Odutola, for their hard work and dedication.”

Nolan stated that he has been on the ethics bowl team since 2014.

“We placed first in our regional competition that year, and I had the most fun I’ve had in my entire life,” he said. “It was work: hours and days of practice, review and scrambling to put together the best case we could-only to compete against other schools whose students do the same.”

Saeed said it was her first year on the team, and she learned a lot.

“Our coaches, Dr. Odutola and Mr. Sherman, were very helpful and guided me every step of the way,” she said. “My teammates were very encouraging, and I had a lot of fun getting to know them.”

Professor Sherman said the most exciting reward for him is witnessing the growth of the students.

“If I am lucky enough to see them continue that growth over multiple years, they develop into the thoughtful citizens we all hope become our civic leaders,” he said.

I am humbled to have been a part of the SPC Ethics Bowl for the past eight years and see students use reason, logic and creative analysis that results in a cohesive argument and presentation.

I thank the entire Ethics team, including faculty, staff and Acting Vice President Susan Demers for their commitment to the wellbeing and success of SPC students. If any student is interested in joining the Ethics Bowl team, please contact me, Dr. Adeniji Odutola, at, Thank you.

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