On Saturday, January 30, 2021, Choate Ethics Bowl Club competed in the annual Regional Ethics Bowl tournament. Two teams from the School won first and third place after presenting against other teams from The Hotchkiss School, Hopkins School, Trumbull High School and the Colegio Israelita de México.
In an ethics bowl competition, teams are presented with cases entailing complex ethical dilemmas around which they build their arguments. Teams present their case studies on ethical challenges using their practice of discussing moral framework, current issues, and more. Unlike other debate tournaments, Ethics Bowl participants are judged on the thoroughness of their thinking, the compassionate and collaborative nature of their presentations, and their communication skills rather than their ability to vanquish their opponents.
Students, who are self-coached, have been preparing all school year covering challenging ethical topics such as fashion, contraception in schools, restorative justice, factory farming, and remote schooling in the age of COVID-19. Such topics were presented before panels of esteemed judges from the philosophy departments at the University of Connecticut and Yale University. Students participated in six rounds of competition with a full day via Zoom.
Dr. Jewett recalls a successful outcome of 2019 competition when two members of the current Ethics Bowl team, Kate Bailey '22 and Tyler Neri '21, competed at the National Ethics Bowl Tournament in Durham, North Carolina. Choate also placed first in Regionals in 2020 at Yale University.
The School's winners will go on to compete against another Regional winning team for a spot at Nationals.
Choate Ethics Bowl Club participants are:
Jordan Azzinaro '22,
Sedi Boafoh Agyeman '23
Isabella Grau '22
Sophie Vulpe '22
Sunny Vo '24
Zoe Plunkett '24
Irene Garcia Gutierrez '22
Tyler Neri '21, Ethics Bowl Club Co-President
Carmen O'Connor '21, Ethics Bowl Club Co-President
Racquel Welcome '24
Ava McClatchie '24
Catherine Cronin '23
Kate Bailey '22