The 5th annual Long Island High School Ethics Bowl took place at Hofstra University on Saturday, February 1st. Twenty six teams from fourteen area schools matched wits over ethical cases whose topics included physician assisted suicide, legalization of marijuana, political sex scandals, and China’s One child policy. Both Bethpage teams just missed making the semi-finals by a narrow margin and placed 5th and 6th. Bethpage Team Two won the Spirit of the Ethics Bowl award which is determined by the judges and is given to the team that demonstrates the highest level of respectful dialogue and civil discourse. Congratulations to Conor Nimmo, Samantha Zito, Jeannie Kim, Michelle Cirillo, and Lindsey Chan on being the first to win this prestigious award.

The Long Island Ethics Bowl is sponsored by the Squire Family Foundation. The foundation was founded by Long Island native Gary Squire, an advocate for more philosophical instruction at the pre-college level. An Ethics Bowl is a collaborative yet competitive event, in which two teams are presented with a series of wide-ranging ethical dilemmas and are asked to analyze them; they are then judged on the basis of their analyses.

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