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Team from Stony Brook School Wins Ethics Bowl

The Stony Brook School's winning team: Thomas DeRose, Tarika Mané, Avalon Zborovsky-Fenster, Kristina Evans and Derya Ozcan.

A team from The Stony Brook School took first place in the 9th Annual Long Island High School Ethics Bowl, sponsored by Hofstra University and The Squire Family Foundation. Twenty-four teams from 14 high schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties participated in the February 3 competition at Hofstra, which encourages and promotes ethical awareness, critical thinking skills, civil discourse, civic engagement, and an appreciation for diverse points of view.

The five-member team from The Stony Brook School will be among the regional bowl winners at the 6th annual National High School Ethics Bowl on April 20-22, 2018, at the University of North Carolina-Chapel-Hill.

The Ethics Bowl is a collaborative event in which students analyze timely ethical issues. Unlike traditional debate programs, students are not assigned opposing views. Rather, they defend the position they believe is right and win by showing that they have thought more carefully, deeply, and perceptively about the cases in question.

The other winning teams of the day included:

  • Jericho High School Team #2, which came in second place.
  • Syosset High School Team #1 and Roslyn High School Team #1, which tied for third place.
  • Bethpage High School was recognized for “Best response to judges’ questions”
  • Northport High School received the Robert Ladenson Spirit of the Ethics Bowl Award, which recognizes the respectful dialogue and sportsmanship of the entire team.

The faculty of Hofstra University’s Department of Philosophy  help prepare the high school teachers and students, including creating training videos.

The complete roster of participating schools included Bethpage High School (two teams); Farmingdale High School (two teams); Hauppague High School (two teams); Island Trees High School; Jericho High School (two teams); Locust Valley High School; Northport High School; Oceanside High School (two teams); Our Lady of Mercy (two teams); Plainedge High School (two teams); Roslyn High School (two teams); Sacred Heart Academy of Hempstead; The Stony Brook School (two teams); and Syosset High School (two teams).

The Ethics Bowl is part of Hofstra’s Regional Scholars Programs, which bring middle- and high-school students from the area to campus for academic competitions and enrichment programs.

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