Ethics bowl team qualifies for national tournament


Madi Calvert– On Saturday, Feb 7, the Ethics Team won first place in the Midwest Regional High School Ethics Bowl Competition held at the Prindle Institute for Ethics, in Greencastle, IN.

“The Ethics Bowl is comprised of sixteen regional competitions from the U.S. and Canada. Fishers won the Midwest Regional which included eight teams from five different schools,” Dr. Chris Edwards, the Ethics team sponsor, said.

Ethics bowl is formatted in debate-style banter with teams of three to five students working both against and with other teams to find solutions for different contemporary moral problems. They work through different hypothetical problems and find what seems to be the ethically best solution. Some of these cases include Army hairstyles, copying homework or lying to parents. 

Not only the winning team is rewarded. Prizes are also received by runners-up and honorable mentions are given for things like collaborations and best responses. Civil, polite language is used to promote a good environment for students to find answers to various questions together.

Fishers High School was represented by two teams, the winning one made up of freshman Haley Thomas, sophomore Cole Gaskins, junior Adam Barnhill and senior Hannah Eli. This team defeated one from Avon High School to secure their win.

“This was the inaugural year for the Ethics Bowl at DePauw, and Fishers has now qualified for the national tournament which takes place at UNC at Chapel Hill in April,” Edwards said.

To learn more about the Ethics team, more information can be found here or here.

Theory of Knowledge, a class taken by upperclassmen, discusses ethics. Picture taken by Michaela Breach.