Siena Heights’ Ethics Bowl team traveled to Utah this past weekend, and competed in the 2017 National Bioethics Bowl Competition. The students on the team are Justin Lempicki (captain), Laura Lattson, Gabby Beveridge, Jordan Ray, Marty Giannola, and Ravin France. In the Bioethics Bowl, teams of students are asked to constructively debate, with the goal of arriving at ethical solutions to complicated real-world bioethics problems. The teams are judged on their ability to make a clear, coherent, ethical argument, on how well their discussion takes into account the point of view of people who might disagree with them, and on how well their manner and presentation are conducive to having a constructive debate.
Our students did very well; they won one round and lost two rounds, and were commended by the judges for their collegiality and thoughtfulness. Several judges and coaches, not to mention other teams, could not believe that this was only our team’s second competition ever! (SHU’s first Ethics Bowl outing was in December 2016, to the Ethics Bowl Regional in Chicago.) We did not make the semi-finals in this year’s competition, but finished in the middle of the pack—9th out of 15 teams from across the country. Congratulations to this year's Ethics Bowl team!