SAAS Finishes Second at State Ethics Bowl

SAAS Finishes Second at State Ethics Bowl

February 21, 2018 – Seattle Academy’s Ethics Club, which has two teams, participated in the Washington High School Ethics Bowl the weekend of February 3. SAAS has won back-to-back state championships and were looking for a “trifecta.”

Ethics Club involves students discussing ethical issues and cases that were written by students, for students, nationwide. Teams can take the same side, meaning it is more of a structured conversation than a formal “debate.” Students began prepping cases back in the Fall and picked up the pace in Winter. Come January the two teams met twice a week after school, where they were joined by coach Gerald Elliott, as well as guest judges who provided feedback on their cases. Students also met on their own as teams at each other’s houses.

Both teams did well during the Ethics Bowl with one of SAAS’ teams going undefeated in the preliminary rounds. That SAAS team went on to win the semi-finals and moved on to the finals, which were judged by a State Supreme Court Justice and the Washington State Solicitor General. The team had to present on a case involving Charter Schools and education funding. SAAS finished in second place behind Lakeside. As a prize for placing second in the state (out of eighteen teams), both teams will go to Olympia and meet Governor Inslee as well as hear the state Supreme Court deliberate a case.

Congratulations to all the Ethics Club members!

Above (left-to-right): Gerald Elliott, Makena Kerns ‘19, Helen Bellew ‘21, Grace Vidger ‘18, Molly Sanderson ‘18, and Micah Shapiro ‘21
Below (left-to-right: Gilly Gibson ‘18, Avi Shapiro ‘18, Aki Eisenman-Shoda ‘20, Golda Glasser ‘18, Micah Shapiro ‘21, Ellis Andrew ‘20, Molly Sanderson ‘18, Grace Vidger ‘18, Makena Kerns ‘19, Helen Bellew ‘21, and Gerald Elliott