Ethics Bowl Preparation

Multiple days a week after school, a group of committed students gather to do a very specialized kind of preparation. The Michigan Ethics Bowl, organized by A2Ethics, is an annual competition of high school minds, debating over real life social situations which our students face daily.

We recently caught up with the team after school as they prepared for the competition coming up on Sunday, February 7th at University of Michigan.

This is the 2nd year that Ypsilanti has fielded an Ethics Bowl team. Two students, Justin Thomas and Juan Davis, are veterans of last year’s team. Along with 10th graders, Tenaya Robinson and Dominick Carthage, these seniors are discussing some very complex philosophy and ethics cases for the competition. Click here for a sample of ethics case studies and the questions that follow.

Our students are also taking an intensive ethics theory course through their volunteer instructor, Nina Windgaetter, a graduate student in the University of Michigan Department of Philosophy Outreach program. This is Nina’s second year with the Ypsilanti team. The team’s advisor and mentor coach is Gail Wolkoff of Dedicated to Make a Change. The Bowl’s partnership with groups such as Dedicated to Make a Change is considered a model for other high schools to consider in initiating philosophy instruction through the Ethics Bowl.

Jeanine DeLay, President of A2Ethics sent along kind sentiments about our students.

I can speak for everyone involved with the Michigan Bowl that we are thrilled to have the Ypsilanti Community High School Ethics Bowl team as a founding member of the Michigan High School Ethics Bowl League. This League is growing school by school in our state. Further, the National Bowl, located at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, now includes 22 states, the District of Columbia and one province in Canada. Were the Ypsilanti team of Justin, Juan, Dominick and Tenaya to win the Michigan State Championship, they would represent our state at the National Bowl in April.

Please support and cheer on our students Sunday, February 7th at 9:30 am at the UM Palmer Commons Conference Center. Good luck to our exceptional students! And many thanks to Ms. Wolkoff and Ms. Windgaetter for your leadership! To see more of the photos from our photo shoot, check out the YCS photo wall here. #YCSdynamic

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