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Students compete in Baylor Ethics Case Competition

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

 Oklahoma State participated in the Baylor Ethics Case Competition in November. It was the first national case competition OSU competed in during the 2020-21 academic year. OSU competed against 11 other schools: Auburn, Baylor, BYU, Iowa State, Michigan, Minnesota, Pepperdine, Pittsburgh, Purdue, SMU and TCU.


The competition took place in a 100 percent virtual environment due to COVID-19 limiting Baylor’s ability to host on its Waco campus with all presentations and team meetings taking place over Zoom, the video conferencing platform.


In previous years, the competition has taken place during a 24-hour time period in Waco. However, this year’s competition was launched Monday, Nov. 9, and students had until Friday, Nov. 13, to finalize their presentations before presenting virtually to a panel of judges.


The presentations were given a 20-minute maximum with a 10-minute question-and-answer session immediately following. Teams were divided into three “venues,” with four teams per venue. One winner advanced from each venue, setting the stage for a three-team final round.


Despite a strong showing, Oklahoma State was not selected to advance to the final round.


“We didn’t make any mistakes,” team member Hayden Bonine said. “It’s easy to accept the results when you have a perfect run and that’s what we did. I am proud of our team and hope to represent our university again if given the opportunity.”


Oklahoma State sent its alternate squad to the competition because of a scheduling conflict with the first place team. Team members for the Baylor competition were Bonine, Harrison Muegge, Amy O’Brien and Zack Youngblood.


The winners of the internal case competition will be given first priority for the Big 12 Case Competition, to be hosted by OSU in late March.


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