On February 3, sixteen teams, representing sixteen high schools with over 100 students competed in the ninth annual Tennessee High School Ethics Bowl at the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park downtown. Based on the number of competing schools it is one of the largest high school ethics bowls in the nation.
Students analyzed a series of controversial ethical issues, including concerns related to autonomous or driverless cars, social media use, gentrification, and school choice. Teams presented their ideas to judges, including UT faculty and Knoxville community leaders. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Department of Philosophy and the Humanities Center organized the event, with Austin-East Magnet High School as a technology partner. Home Federal Bank was the sponsor. The winner of this year’s bowl will automatically qualify for the National High School Ethics Bowl. It will be held April 20-22 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.