Oklahoma Christian wins state ethics challenge

OC's state championship ethics team: Jasper Bawcom, Megan McKinley, and Gabriel Gasiorowski.
OC's state championship ethics team: Jasper Bawcom, Megan McKinley, and Gabriel Gasiorowski.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) won its third consecutive state championship at the OK Student Ethics Challenge.

Other schools competing included the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, the University of Central Oklahoma, Cameron University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma City University, Rose State College, Southern Nazarene University and St. Gregory’s University.

OC’s first-place team, the Eagles, won all three of its matches to earn the state title while OC’s other entrant, the Aguilas, claimed fifth place.

The Eagles included Jasper Bawcom, a senior majoring in teaching English as a foreign language; Gabriel Gasiorowski, a sophomore mechanical engineering major; and Megan McKinley, a freshman political science major. The Aguilas team members were Chas Carter, a senior English/pre-law major; Brandon Yeates, a freshman political science major; and Sean vanDyke, a freshman computer engineering major.

“God has blessed OC with very talented students, and we happen to have six of the best on our ethics debate team,” said sponsor Jeff Simmons, interim dean of OC’s College of Business Administration. “They are dedicated and work hard to prepare themselves. That hard work paid off for us at the state competition and now we are looking forward to representing OC at the Texas Regional Ethics Bowl.”

OC’s state championship earned a $2,500 stipend for travel to the Texas Regional Ethics Bowl in San Antonio. Teams from Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas will compete, with a trip to the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Orange County, California, on the line.

Last year, Oklahoma Christian took fifth place out of 32 teams from across the nation in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.

Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.