Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences emerged victorious at the Sixth Annual High School Ethics Bowl on Saturday, beating another team from the same school in the final round. Third and fourth place went to Piscataway High School's two teams, followed by Ridge High School’s teams and Dwight-Englewood School. Eighteen teams from ten schools from all over New Jersey and New York competed in this year’s event.
"Debating ethical problems in a public forum is a difficult task. Many adults would struggle to excel in such an exercise," said Prof. Michael Steinmann, Chair of the High School Ethics Bowl. "I’m completely taken away every year by the performances of the teams; by their thoughtfulness and the articulate way in which they present their ideas. This event brings a lot of positive energy to campus. It is great to see all these high school students with their dedicated teachers on campus, and to spend some time with them."
The High School Ethics Bowl introduces participants to careful thinking about ethical issues in modern society. Teams of students compete as they debate ethical issues raised by contemporary science and technology. Topics debated in this year’s Ethics bowl included the ethics of using unmanned drones to kill potential terrorists in other countries; protecting freedom of speech if it is offensive and hateful; replacing a doctor’s visit with a consultation via the Internet; and utilizing fracking techniques for the domestic drilling of oil and gas.
"The political, economic, and environmental issues that we are facing today requires us to debate our values and the crucial decisions we have to make. At Stevens, we see the high school ethics bowl as a crucial commitment toward educating the youth in being more sensitive toward ethical questions and learning to articulate their ideas," Steinmann said.
Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences’ win qualified the team to compete in the upcoming National High School Ethics Bowl this April. The event, which is being hosted by the Parr Center for Ethics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will include teams from all over the country as they compete for the title of "National High School Ethics Bowl Grand Champion."
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