Atlantic High School Eagles Soar in Ethics Bowl

Atlantic High School Eagles Soar in 2022 Ethics Bowl
Posted on 02/11/2022
Panel of Judges

During the 2022 Ethics Bowl Competition, high school students showed up with ethical awareness about the modern-day concept of “ghosting,” which is defined as abruptly cutting off communication with someone without any warning or explanation.

The annual Palm Beach County Regional High School Ethics Bowl is hosted by the School District of Palm Beach County in collaboration with Florida Atlantic University’s LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy to raise ethical awareness and sensitivity, encourage collaborative thinking, and promote civil discourse.

Teams from Atlantic Community High School, John I. Leonard High School, Park Vista Community High School, Spanish River Community High School, and a Miami-area charter school were presented with ethical dilemmas and asked questions about the cases. The teams created responses to the ethical situations presented to them while the opposing team formulated a rebuttal. A final conferral occurs to counter the rebuttal presented, and the round ends with questions by the judges.

“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 Larmoyeux and Bone Trial Lawyers.

Atlantic High School’s Team 1 took first prize and Park Vista High School came in second. 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 $5,100 to $2,000 per team.

Final rankings:

• 1st Place – Atlantic Community High (Team 1)
• 2nd Place – Park Vista Community High
• 3rd Place – Archimedean Schools (Team 1)
• 4th Place – Archimedean Schools (Team 2)
• 5th Place – Spanish River Community High
• 6th Place – John I. Leonard High (Team 1)
• 7th Place –  Atlantic Community High (Team 2)
• 8th Place – John I. Leonard High (Team 2)

Teams were scored on the quality of their analysis of each situation by an esteemed panel of judges, which included: Fred Angelo, Kate Arrizza, Alexandria Ayala, Ric Blackwell, Karen Brill, Ryan Britton, John Carey, Bell Monica Cirius, Rodney Davis, Sophia Eccleston, Nakisha Freeman, Edith Friehheim, James Gavrilos, Hollie Hawn, Jeff Hmara, Dorothy Jacks, Faye Johnson, Christie Kelley, Lisa King, Michael Kridel, Michael Kugler, Robin Larson, Gina Levesque, Rob Long, Clarice Redding Louis, Michelle McGovern, Katia St. Preux, Katrina Long Robinson, Stuart Robinson, Rodney Romano, Brent Schillinger, Ellen Smith, Alcolya St. Juste, Lesley Stone, Kenneth Thomas, Davicka Thompson, Robert Weinroth, Gregg Weiss, and Erica Whitfield.

The event was produced and made possible by members of the School District’s Teaching and Learning Department and the following sponsors: Associated General Contractors of America (FL East Coast), Baptist Health of South Florida, Better Business Bureau, Checkmark Collections, Congressman Mark Foley & Friends of Foley Foundation, David Baker Esq., Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Eric Friedheim Foundation, Florida Power & Light, Joseph and Alexandra Chase, Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches, Larmoyeux & Bone Trial Lawyers PL, Richard and Lesley Stone Family Fund, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, and Waste Management: Waste Disposal & Recycling.

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