UT Philosophy Department Hosts Third Annual Regional High School Ethics Bowl
Ably organized by graduate students Jeff Cervantez and Jason Fishel, and funded by the Department of Philosophy and the College of Arts and Sciences, the 2013 Annual East Tennessee Regional High School Ethics Bowl, held in February, was a huge success. The Ethics Bowl offers teams of high school students an opportunity to analyze a series of ethical issues before presenting their ideas to a panel of expert judges in a collaborative but competitive setting. The event also provides the high school participants with their first exposure to philosophy as an academic discipline. This year, ten regional high schools sent teams to compete. After dining with the UT philosophy faculty judges and graduate student assistants, the teams received their problems and went to work. All the teams performed very well, but after several hours, Austin-East took first place, followed by Karns High School and Knoxville Christian Academy in second and third, respectively. The Austin-East and Karns teams earned the opportunity to travel to UNC-Chapel Hill in April to compete in the national competition. With the tremendous success of the 2013 bowl, and with regional interest in the bowl growing each year, the 2014 bowl is expected to attract even more high school teams, increase the level of serious ethical reflection by participants, and introduce many local and regional high school students to the academic study of philosophy at the University of Tennessee and its Department of Philosophy.