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For the second year in a row, Austin-East High School has won the Ethics Bowl.

Karns High School came in second, and the Christian Academy of Knoxville was third.

The event, sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the College of Arts and Sciences, was held Wednesday.

Austin-East will now have the opportunity to compete at the first National High School Ethics Bowl at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, on April 19 and 20.

The Ethics Bowl is a competition in which five-student teams from various high schools try to develop solutions to realistic dilemmas using ethical theories and reasoning.

Other schools that participated this year were Anderson County High School, Carter High School, Central High School, Clinton High School, Farragut High School, Hardin Valley Academy, and Jefferson County High School.

During the competition, teams received dilemmas to consider. The students’ proposed solutions were judged by philosophy professors and graduate students on how well they considered the moral aspects of their case and whether or not they provided a good analysis of ethical theories.

Jason Fishel, co-coordinator of the event with Jeff Cervantez and graduate student in philosophy, said, “[Austin-East’s coach] recruited a team at the end of last school year and started teaching them the ethical theories and going over old cases. It will be very hard to beat that level of commitment.”

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