Report from the Philadelphia High School Ethics Bowl:


We are excited to report that the inaugural Philadelphia Regional High School Ethics Bowl took place on Saturday, February 8th, 2020 at the Perry World House on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Six teams of high school students from across the Philadelphia School District took part, engaging in a fun and challenging competition that uses critical thinking skills to foster a collaborative exploration of important ethical issues. The students were well-prepared and enthusiastic, and with the help of a group of adult volunteers (serving as coaches, judges and moderators) they made this a wonderful and rewarding event!

We congratulate the winner of the bowl: Masterman High School, and the runner-up, Girl’s High Team 1. The judges’ choice award (highest cumulative score in the judges question round) went to Carver High School, and Palumbo and Mastery-Shoemaker tied for the Spirit of the Ethics Bowl award.

This event is part of the The National High School Ethics Bowl competition and the winner has an opportunity to continue competing against other regional winners, a process which culminates in a national competition hosted at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Thanks go out to everyone involved in making this Philadelphia Bowl a reality. We are especially grateful for the support of our sponsors, the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences Making a Difference in Diverse Communities Grant, The Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Graduate School of Education, Penn Carey Law School, and The Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy. We would also like to thank the Perry World House, the Penn Admissions Office, and The Penn Philosophy Department for their support.

We look forward to seeing everyone next year!