Organized by FAU Leroy Collins Public Ethics Academy of FAU
Boca Raton, FL – The 2022 Regional High School Ethics Bowl was hosted by Florida Atlantic University on February 5. The purpose of the Ethics Bowl is to increase student awareness and sensitivity to ethical issues, encourage collaborative thinking, and promote civil discourse.
For the past three years, the School District of Palm Beach County’s Department of Teaching and Learning (SDPBC) has partnered with the LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy at Florida Atlantic University to serve as the organizer regional for the Southeast Florida region.
The National High School Ethics Bowl (NHSEB) promotes respectful, supportive, and rigorous discussion of ethics among thousands of high school students nationwide. The Parr Center for Ethics, located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, houses and houses the NHSEB, overseeing regional competitions and hosting the national competition each spring.
A team must consist of at least three high school students. NHSEB teams will be limited to seven students (all of whom have participated in a qualifying squad at a regional bowl), but only five students can be seated on a team at a game. A team must represent an accredited and certified school that offers 9th, 10th, 11th, and/or 12th grade education in the United States and must have official approval from the school administration to participate in the High School Ethics Bowl . All teams must register with both the NHSEB and their nearest regional bowl.
This year, seven high schools with two teams each (total of forty-two students) registered. The winners received financial scholarships after participating in two rounds of matches, semi-finals and finals. The more than forty judges who participated were business leaders from Palm Beach County.
“This year’s students impressed us all with their courteous attitude and mature insight. Their willingness to give up part of the weekend to politely discuss difficult questions of morality and ethics makes me feel good about our future. The ethics bowl is an important educational tool. Tremendous gratitude is due to FAU Professor Dr. Peter Cruise and the LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy for producing the event,” said Bill Bone of Larmoyeux & Bone (judge).
The winners are 1st place/$5,100 scholarship, $4,250 to be divided equally among team members, and a school award of $850 to be reinvested in promoting and encouraging continued school participation. to Ethics Bowl Travel to the National Ethics Bowl (if team qualifies to compete nationally). Team: Atlantic High School (Team 1), Coach: Max Diulus, Team Members: Mario ‘MJ’ Palacios, Diana Best-Johnson, Penelope Cassini, Amanda Jesuca and Douglas Plummer.
2nd Place / $3,800 scholarship, $3,260 to be divided equally among team members and $540 school scholarship to be reinvested in promoting and encouraging the school’s continued participation in the Ethics Bowl. Team: Park Vista High School, Coach: Darrin Bales, Team Members: David Hobson, Zachary Kline, Harini Para, Samuel Potts and Matthew Weinstein.
3rd Place / $2,000 scholarship, $1,625 to be divided equally among team members and a school award of $375 to be reinvested in promoting and encouraging the school’s continued participation in Ethics Bowl. Archimedean Upper Conservatory (Team 1), Coach: Liset Torres, Team Members: Juan Londono, Kelly Benitez, Rhine Hazra, Grace Nares and Leah Tovar.
4th place / $2,000 scholarship, $1,625 to be divided equally among team members and $375 school scholarship to be reinvested in promoting and encouraging the school’s continued participation in the Ethics Bowl
Archimedean Upper Conservatory (Team 2), Coach: Liset Torres, Team Members: Krishna Shah, Karoline Bastien, Alexander Pena, Leymi Hernandez, Thalassinos Mitsou, Daniel Lievano and Sophia Escobar.
About the NHSEB
The National High School Ethics Bowl (NHSEB) promotes respectful, supportive, and rigorous discussion of ethics among thousands of high school students nationwide. An ethics bowl differs from a debating contest in that students are not assigned opposing viewpoints; rather, they defend the position they deem correct, exchange constructive criticism, and win by demonstrating that they have rigorously and systematically thought through the cases and engaged with respect and support with all participants. NHSEB survey data shows that this event teaches and promotes ethical awareness, critical thinking, civil discourse, civic engagement and an appreciation of multiple viewpoints. The aim of the NHSEB is to do more than teach students how to think about ethical issues: it is to teach students how to think about ethical issues together, as fellow citizens of a complex moral and political community. For
More information, visit nhseb.unc.edu.
About the FAU LeRoy Collins Academy of Public Ethics:
The LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy was first organized by the FAU in 2009 to research ethics and provide training to local government agencies. The Academy is located on the main FAU campus in Boca Raton, and because of this central location, can offer its services to the entire service area of the University. The academic nature of the Academy allows for the rapid incorporation and dissemination of the latest academic research on ethical issues by reputable faculty for Academy training programs. The objectives of the Academy are: to increase understanding of local government and how it works, to promote high ethical standards in public service, to provide an information base for more informed policy-making and to develop the capacity local leaders to govern effectively. For more information, visit https://www.fau.edu.