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UT Tyler Announces Winners of First Ethics Bowl

February 25, 2013

Media Contact:  Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler Center for Ethics recognized winning teams of its first Ethics Bowl, Dr. Gloria Duke, UT Tyler Ethics Council chair, announced.

Among highlights throughout UT Tyler Ethics Week, participating Smith County high schools formed blended teams to argue ethical positions around controversial case studies about which intelligent, thoughtful people can reasonably disagree. Winning scores were based on quality of team arguments, not the position chosen.

Winning teams with individual school affiliation are:

  • First place: KayLee Becker – Arp High School; Chipper Adams – The Brookhill School; and Clayton Bochow T.K. Gorman High School.
  • Second Place: Lexa Arantes – East Texas Christian Academy; Caleb Wagner – The Brookhill School; and Dessie McFarland – Bullard High School.
  • Third Place: Caroline Camp – T.K. Gorman High School; Ryann Money – East Texas Christian Academy; and Arron Johnson – Bullard High School.

“We were very impressed with the caliber of students in attendance,” said Dr. Howard Patterson, vice president for administration and government relations, who also serves on the center’s executive council. “This type of event forces students from different schools to quickly come together to tackle an ethical dilemma and present a defensible position in a short period of time. It is challenging and fun at the same time and a great learning experience for those involved.”

The event, which featured the five area high schools, incorporated the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl model for both content and process. 

The Ethics Bowl is part of the Emerging Leaders Initiative, which serves as an outreach to Smith County high schools. Since 2010, Emerging Leaders conferences have been held annually for student leaders and counselors from area public and private schools. Students participate in inquiry, dialogue and reflection to examine ethics and its place in their lives.

The UT Tyler Center for Ethics stimulates reflection and conversations on the impact of decisions based on moral ethics.

For more information, contact Patterson, 903.566.7350 or hpatterson@uttyler.edu.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of almost 7,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.
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