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Seattle Academy Ethics Bowl Compete in the State Tournament

Photo of Seattle Academy's 2019 Ethics Bowl Team at the State Tournament

Both Seattle Academy Teams
From Left: Coach Gerald Elliott. Mason McIlwain '21, Emma Sindel-Dempcy ‘21, Maisie Redal ‘21,
Makena Kerns ’19, Aki Eisenman Shoda ’20, Will Vipond ‘20, Fiona Bor ‘21, Stella Mercer ’21, Helen Bellew ’21

Seattle Academy Ethics Bowl students competed in the Washington State High School Ethics Bowl tournament last weekend at the University of Washington’s School of Law. Ethics Bowl asks students to dive into the ideas behind complex issues that are manifested in current events. Unlike debate, teams are not assigned a side, making it more of a structured conversation. The Ethics Club began preparing their cases during lunches in November, and after school in December. Throughout January the club scrimmaged their cases with coach Gerald Elliott, and other guest judges.

SAAS performed very well at the State Bowl, with both teams going 2-1 in their preliminary matches. Seattle Academy team #1 had more points, and this pushed them into the semi-finals, where they ended up finishing in third place out of twenty-two teams. Students discussed the ethics behind workplace “white lies,” solutions for elephant poaching, gun control, and more. 

Because of team 1’s finish in the top three, both teams are invited to Olympia as a prize, where they will meet Supreme Court Justices, Governor Jay Inslee, and will receive a formal tour of the Capitol.

Congratulations to Seattle Academy Ethics Club members and their families!

Photo of Seattle Academy's 2019 Ethics Bowl Team at the State Tournament

Seattle Academy Team 2 deliberating a case between rounds.
From Left: Maisie Redal ‘21, Fiona Bor ‘21, Emma Sindel-Dempcy ‘21, Mason McIlwain ‘21

Photo of Seattle Academy's 2019 Ethics Bowl Team at the State Tournament with the third place trophy

Seattle Academy Team 1 with their third place trophy. 
From Left: Helen Bellew ’21, Stella Mercer ’21, Makena Kerns ’19, Aki Eisenman Shoda ’20, Will Vipond ‘20


 

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