Four seniors from John Tyler High School became the first Tyler team to represent Texas in the 2017 National Ethics Bowl on April 7-9 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Tamia Williams, Avery Oliver, Anadja Jamison and Jaela Wideman advanced to the national meet after winning first place at the regional meet held in February at The University of Texas at Tyler.
In Ethics Bowl competition, teams from two schools are given a scenario, or “case,” of complex ethical and philosophical dilemmas. They are given two minutes to collaborate and decide on their stance. They then have six minutes to present their stance to the judges and moderator. Each team also has an opportunity to rebut the opposing team’s stance.
Cases and questions during the competition covered a broad range of topics including drone warfare, overpopulation, standing up against hateful speech and social media use. Teams had to answer two cases in each round.
The performance of each team is judged on the basis of how clearly, articulately and perceptively the students develop the positions they decide to take; their ability to communicate respectfully and collaboratively; and their willingness to take diverse viewpoints into account.
Four teams were in John Tyler’s competition group, including the national winner, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics from Durham, North Carolina. The second place team, Oregon Episcopal School from Portland, Oregon, was also in the group.
The John Tyler team received a tremendous amount of support and mentoring from the UT Tyler ethics department. They received many generous donations from local organizations to help make the trip to North Carolina possible.
For more information on the 2017 National High School Ethics Bowl, go to http://nhseb.unc.edu/.