Salem College: Back-to-Back State Ethics Bowl Champs

February 19, 2018
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2018 Ethics Bowl Winners

For the second year in a row, Salem College came out the victor in the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities’ Ethics Bowl.

“These women have been working extremely long hours, beyond their normal academic schedule to compete in this year bowl,” said Alyson Francisco, Mary Ardrey Stough Kimbrough Chair in Business and Economics and Director of the Center for Women in Business.

Salem’s Debate team met with 21 other private colleges to participate in North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities’ Ethics Bowl February 17 and 18. The annual event was held at the Legislative Complex in Raleigh. 

“Student participants consistently extol the educational and professional development value of the Ethics Bowl,” said NCICU President Hope Williams. “Team members spend months researching and preparing to argue the ethical path forward on these issues.”

The Salem team went undefeated in three rounds of debate on Friday and one round on Saturday, followed by semifinal and final rounds. 

Participating colleges were: Barton College (last year’s champion), Campbell University, Catawba College, Chowan University, Gardner-Webb University, High Point University, Johnson C. Smith University, Livingstone College, Louisburg College, Mars Hill University, Meredith College, Methodist University, Montreat College, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Pfeiffer University, Queens University of Charlotte, St. Andrews University, Saint Augustine’s University, Salem College, University of Mount Olive, Wake Forest University and Wingate University.

This year’s team includes:


  • Mara Dygert - Senior. Political Science and Religion
  • Alexus Eiffler - Sophomore. Communications and Sociology
  • Madelyne Voreh - Junior. Accounting
  • Britani Peterson - Senior. Economics, Political Science, and Sociology
  • Jessica (Noel) Wagoner - Senior. Business Administration - Finance
  • Ashleigh Nelson - Sophomore. Communications and Religion