Palm Beach State College Hosts The Sixth Annual Regional High School Ethics Bowl

January 23, 2017

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. The event has been scheduled for Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Palm Beach State College Lake Worth campus.

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. Better Business Bureau Serving South East Florida and the Caribbean CEO Rod Davis will serve as one of the event judges through the Ethics Partnership Council where he is currently serving as chair.

This year’s participating schools are:  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, Santaluces High School, and Spanish River 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.