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Georga Military College team crowned national debate champs

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Georgia Military College at Augusta brought home top honors with their first-place win at the national championship of the 2014 Ethics Bowl.

The Milledgeville and Augusta campus teams won during the intramural debate. Shown are Christopher Shipman (from left), David Walker, Christopher Hamb, debate coach James Brady, debate coach Richard Herdegen, Ashley Cordell and Terrell Glover.
The Milledgeville and Augusta campus teams won during the intramural debate. Shown are Christopher Shipman (from left), David Walker, Christopher Hamb, debate coach James Brady, debate coach Richard Herdegen, Ashley Cordell and Terrell Glover.

The team consisting of five students competed March 15 in Chicago with 50 students from seven two-year colleges.

The team finished the competition undefeated, with five wins in debates on current events and ethical issues, such as the pros and cons of Google Glass, said Christopher Shipman, a member of the GMC Augusta Ethics Bowl and sophomore at GMC.

Christopher Hamb, team co-Captain and sophomore at GMC Augusta said the team studied long and hard, putting in many long nights studying everything from philosophical theories to current world events involving topics such as, slave labor, drone usage and the recent advancement in technology to prepare for cases.

“As you can imagine we were indescribably excited about the winning part,” Hamb said. “I personally was also just incredibly excited and honored to be sitting around like some of the smartest people in two-year colleges across the nation and being able to meet those incredible minds and discuss topics such as morals and ethics when it’s not ever a clear yes or no answer. It was mind-blowing.”

Ashley Cordell, team co-captain and junior at GMC Augusta, said the experience felt “surreal.” She said means a lot for GMC Augusta as a college.

“It really puts us on the map because a lot of times people maybe don’t understand the complexity and the depth that a community college may be able to offer in terms of critical thinking,” Cordell said. “I think a lot of times the judges, the other teams, and observers are often shocked by the complexity of our thought process, the depth of our critical thinking because they’re like, ‘Oh wow, is this really a community college?”

James Brady, the coach of the GMC Augusta Ethics Bowl and Critical Thinking instructor at GMC, said the win is a great accomplishment for himself and the team.

“It’s an exhilarating experience that I am humbled and honored to be part of and to have been a part of coaching these terrific students and taking them to something that has rewarded their hard work and their preparation,” Brady said.


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