South Putnam competes in national Ethics Bowl at Prindle

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

South Putnam competes in national Ethics Bowl at Prindle

Students from across the country and just down the road will compete in the second annual Summer High School Ethics Bowl Invitational at the Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University June 26-28.

Among the 16 invited teams is one from South Putnam High School featuring students Hailee Young, Nick Warren, Karl Egold, Ethan Wallace and Craig Robinson.

The South Putnam teams are sponsored by social studies teacher Leah Henry.

Ethics Bowl is a debate-style competition that focuses on contemporary moral problems. Unlike typical debate competitions, judging focuses on constructing a well-reasoned argument in a civil manner.

Teams will discuss cases involving such questions as whether it’s morally permissible for countries to withhold humanitarian aid, is there moral value to a human corpse, is it OK to take selfies at sites associated with evil and should artificial intelligence be used to predict hospital patient deaths.

“In today’s cultural and political climate, the notion of what is ethical is under intense scrutiny,” Prindle Institute Director Andrew Cullison said. “As a result, rather than giving our young people sets of rules, we need to equip them to process different perspectives, engage in open dialogue and arrive at conclusions that are, truly, ethical.

“The Ethics Bowl experience equips students to do just that,” Cullison added.

The semi-finals and final round of competition are open to the public. Both take place Thursday at the Prindle Institute, 2961 W. County Road 225 South, Greencastle. The semi-finals are from 4:55 p.m. to 5:55 p.m., and the finals are from 6:10 p.m. to 7:10 p.m.

Competing schools include:

• The Academy of Classical Christian Studies, Oklahoma City, Okla.

• Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Baltimore, Md.

• Bethpage High School, Bethpage, N.Y.

• Dardanelle High School, Dardanelle, Ark.

• Eastern Alamance High School, Mebane, N.C.

• Future School of Fort Smith, Fort Smith, Ark.

• Green Hope High School, Cary, N.C.

• Hilliard Davidson High School, Hilliard, Ohio

• Noble and Greenough School, Dedham, Mass.

• Polytechnic School, Pasadena, Calif.

• South Putnam High School, Greencastle

• Trumbull High School, Trumbull, Ct.

In addition to the competition, students will get a taste of college life as they stay in DePauw University dorms during the three-day event.

As one of the largest collegiate ethics institutes in the country, the Prindle Institute for Ethics’ national outreach mission serves DePauw students, faculty and staff; academics and scholars throughout the world; corporate leaders; lifelong learners; and the Greencastle community. For more information, visit

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