This week in assembly, the Nobles Ethics Club announced their second major distinction since the club’s inception two years ago: second place at the Prindle Institute for Ethics’ national Summer High School Ethics Bowl. They presented Head of School Cathy Hall with the award. The team, made up of Grace Hayward ’21, Olivia Hayward ’21, Roisin O’Carroll ’21, Xavier Welch ’21 and Ernie Zhang ’22, has made a strong impression right out of the gate. To learn more about how the club started and their first win, read the story from this past spring.

The Summer High School Ethics Bowl Invitational is a national competition hosted by the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University. 16 teams from around the country experience college life during the Bowl, staying in DePauw dorms while competing with their peers. The Nobles team traveled to Indiana for the event with advisor Kimya Charles (college counseling) and co-director of the Putnam Library, Talya Sokoll.

The Prindle Institute’s website explains, “Ethics bowl is a debate-style competition that focuses on contemporary moral problems. Unlike typical debate competitions, the judging criterion focuses more on key elements of constructing a well-reasoned argument in a civil manner. “

The Nobles team studied and prepped 16 cases, including those about the ethicality of involuntary commitment, ageism in Hollywood, use of a death algorithm by medical professionals, and voting rights for felons.

Their performance in the four preliminary rounds qualified them for the semi-final round, a tight contest against Baltimore Polytechnic. That win pitted Nobles against a strong and seasoned team from Polytechnic School of California in the finals. While they held their own, they came up just short and ended in second place.

Advisor Kimya Charles said of the win, “So proud of these kids! They work incredibly hard throughout the year not only for Ethics Bowl, but on academics, athletics and theatre, and here they are, choosing to take time out of their well-deserved summer vacation to compete. The respect they garner from opponents and judges is surpassed only by the joy they exude when discussing tough cases and preparing their presentations. I cannot wait to see what the years ahead hold for Nobles’ Ethics Bowl Team!”


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