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Ethics Bowl

ethicslogoThe Center for Applied Ethics hosted the

Sixth Annual Regional High School Ethics Bowl

January 28, 2017

2017 Competition's Overview

2017 Final Round

Ethics Bowl Winners

Winners of the Sixth Annual Regional
High School Ethics Bowl
Atlantic High School - Team A

Ethics Bowl Second place

Second Place
Atlantic High School - Team B

Ethics Bowl

Final Round
Team A - Atlantic High School

Ethics Bowl Final Round

Final Round – Judges, Moderator and Organizers
Left to Right: Kim Ardila-Morgan, Director, Center for Applied Ethics; Rod Davis, President/CEO, Better Business Bureau for Southeast Florida and the Caribbean; Trudy Crowetz, Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations, United Way PBC; Chuck Shaw, School Board Chair, School District of Palm Beach County; Keith Oswald, Chief Academic Officer, School District of Palm Beach County; and Joseph Holcombe, K-12 Curriculum Manager, School District of Palm Beach County.


The Palm Beach State College Center for Applied Ethics is pleased to announce the continued partnership with The School District of Palm Beach County to present the Sixth Annual Regional High School Ethics Bowl. Committed leaders from PBSC, the Center for Applied Ethics and the School District of Palm Beach County developed the first-ever Palm Beach County Ethics Bowl in 2012 with the support of a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Since then, the event has been held on an annual basis.

The event took place on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Palm Beach State College Lake Worth campus. Twelve teams of students from seven different high schools participated.

This year’s participating schools were: Atlantic High School, Doral Academy Charter School from Miami-Dade County, Forest Hill High School, Oxbridge Academy, Palm Beach Lakes High School, Park Vista High School and Santaluces High School.

An ethics bowl is a collaborative, yet competitive event which provides an educational experience for students to increase their understanding of current, complex social issues. The bowl enhances students’ sense of ethical commitment by demonstrating the importance of applying values to decision making. An ethics bowl promotes independent, critical thinking skills and creates respect for the positions of others.

The coaches work with their teams of 3-7 students on actual bowl cases to prepare them for the event. Case topics include issues such as genetic testing and embryo selection, non-profit donations, moral obligations in an emergency situation, journalistic responsibility in revealing a scandal, and obligation to report criminal history on job applications.

Community and business leaders, local government officials, and school district personnel serve as judges and moderators. The top-ranked team receives an invitation to compete in the Fifth Annual National High School Ethics Bowl on April 7-9, 2017 at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in partnership with the Parr Center for Ethics.

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