Annual Ethics Bowl Competition

Students’ Critical Thinking Skills Enriched by Annual Ethics Bowl Competition
Posted on 02/08/2021
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The School District of Palm Beach County hosted the annual Palm Beach County Regional High School Ethics Bowl on February 1, an event held in collaboration with Florida Atlantic University’s LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy. The tournament provides competition for teams from high schools around the County to analyze ethical situations and responses.

This year’s event included teams of students from four District-operated schools, West Boca Raton, Suncoast, Park Vista, and Atlantic High, as well as one private school, Oxbridge Academy. Held completely online due to COVID-19 restrictions, teams were separated into private Google Meet rooms where they collaborated in writing and shared digital documents.

The teams created the responses to the ethical situations presented to them and responded to questions by the judges. The opposing team then presented a rebuttal to provide the quality of their analyses.

Judges included School Board Vice Chair Karen Brill and School Board Member Erica Whitfield as well as other notable members of the community including Kimberly Lea, president of Keiser University, city council members, and Judges Samantha Feuer and Sarah Shullman of the 15th Circuit Court.

“Students who competed this year were exposed to real-life problems and their well-reasoned responses reflect well on this generation,” said event judge Bill Bone, the founding partner of Larmoyeaux and Bone Trial Lawyers.

Ultimately, Oxbridge Academy Team 1 took first prize, with West Boca Raton Community High School Team 2 coming in second, and Team 1 earning a third-place finish. Oxbridge Academy’s Team 2 finished in fourth place. Students on the top four teams received scholarships, in addition to a monetary donation that will go toward supporting the growth of the programs at their respective schools. Scholarships ranged from $4,750 to $1,850 per team.

Final rankings:

1st Place – Oxbridge Academy (Team 1)

2nd Place – West Boca Raton Community High School (Team 2)

3rd Place – West Boca Raton Community High School (Team 1)

4th Place – Oxbridge Academy (Team 2)

5th Place – Suncoast Community High School

6th Place – Park Vista Community High School (Team 1)

7th Place – Park Vista Community High School (Team 2)

8th Place – Atlantic Community High School

The event was produced by members of the School District’s Teaching and Learning Department and the following sponsors:

• AGC Florida East Coast

    • Eric Friehem Foundation, Inc.

    • National High School Ethics Bowl 
             
• Baptist Health South Florida

    • Education Foundation of Palm Beach County

    • Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Ric Bradshaw
             
• Better Business Bureau

    • Jeff Koons

    • Richard and Lesley Stone Family Fund
             
• Checkmark Collections     • Joseph and Alexandra Chase
    • Waste Management
             
• Christopher and Evelyn Hopkins

    • Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast
   
             
• Congressman Mark Foley and Friends of Mark Foley      • Keiser University

     

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