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KPS 'Ethics Bowl' Team Takes Third Place at National Competition; School Hosts Admission Events for Prospective Families Beginning Apr. 26

From left, Olivia Hayward, Lily Roberts, Veda Kumar, Mega Traudt, Amelia Coffey, Laryssa Horodysky, Olivia Zeiner-Morrish, Sophie Huttner, Neha Bhardwaj and Grace Hayward. Credits: Kent Place School
SUMMIT, NJ - The Kent Place School Upper School Ethics Bowl Team --  which included Summit's Grace Hayward and Olivia Hayward -- took third place in the 'National High School Ethics Bowl', which was hosted by the UNC Parr Center for Ethics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The competition featured 24 regional champion teams from throughout the country. The Kent Place team qualified for the national competition by winning first place amongst 16 teams at New Jersey Regionals at Stevens Institute of Technology in December of 2016.

The Kent Place team qualified for the quarterfinals by unanimously winning three out of four of the qualifying rounds. In the semifinal round, Kent Place was pitted against the eventual champion, North Carolina School for Science and Mathematics, and ended up coming in third place after presenting a difficult case study on "drone strikes."

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“This was one of the most challenging competitions I have ever experienced,” stated Dr. Karen Rezach, Director of the Ethics Institute at Kent Place School. “It was so exciting to compete with teams from around the country as we discussed some very complex ethical case studies. I am so proud of every member of our team. This most remarkable group of Upper School students had truly a collaborative effort!”

“We feel really good about our performance at Nationals,” said junior participant Sophie Huttner. “The competition was tough, but we were prepared. The caliber of dialogue was certainly high and it was great meeting people from around the country who were also interested in ethics and philosophy. Hopefully, we'll return next year!”

In addition to freshman Grace Hayward and Olivia Hayward, the KPS Ethics Bowl Team members included seniors Amelia Coffey and Laryssa Horodysky; juniors Neha Bhardwaj, Veda Kumar, Sophie Huttner, Megan Traudt, Olivia Zeiner-Morish; sophomore Lily Roberts; and coaches Dr. Karen Rezach and Dr. Eva Laza.

Admission Events for Prospective Families in April and May

Spring admission events for prospective families will be held on the 26-acre campus of Kent Place School April 26, 27, and May 20. Interested parties can register for all admission events online at

On April 26, from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. in the Primary School library, there will be an Information Session for prospective families interested in Preschool and Kindergarten through Grade 5. The Preschool includes a full- or half-day Junior Pre-Kindergarten and a full-day Pre-Kindergarten program for boys and girls ages 3 to 5. 

On April 27, from 9 - 11 a.m. in the Kent Place Commons Room, there will be an Information Session for prospective families interested in the Middle School (Grades 6-8) or Upper School (Grades 9-12). 

On May 20, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., The Admission Office will be holding an “Explore Kent Place Primary School with Your Daughter” event. This event is for families interested in Kindergarten through Grade 5, with more information available by contacting the Kent Place Primary School Admission Office at 908-273-0900, ext. 269.

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