SUMMIT, NJ - What's better than winning an Ethics Bowl crown? Earning a pair of titles, of course.
Kent Place School's Upper School team claimed the New Jersey High School Ethics Bowl and then, just three weeks later, the Middle School team took home a matching New Jersey Middle School Ethics Bowl victory.
The Upper School achieved its fourth consecutive title — defeating 12 teams — at the New Jersey State High School Ethics Bowl, held at Stevens Institute of Technology on February 8. The Middle School clinched its first win, competing against 22 teams from 12 New Jersey middle schools, on February 29, when Kent Place School hosted the New Jersey Middle School Ethics Bowl.
Both teams are coached by the Ethics Institute at Kent Place School staff, Dr. Karen Rezach and Ariel Sykes. Using a "one-of-a-kind decision-making model," the Middle and Upper School teams participate in competitions that center on ethical dialogue and decision-making regarding real-world cases.
“This was an incredible and impressive victory for our Ethics Bowl students in both the Upper and Middle Schools,” said Dr. Karen Rezach, Director of the Ethics Institute. “Our students’ ability to think about challenging ethical issues and to articulate an ethical position that’s clear and coherent is simply remarkable. They worked very hard to prepare for the competition and earned this victory. I’m so proud of them.”
Upper School Ethics Bowl Team members includes: seniors Adithi Jayaraman (co-captain), Nyakerario Ogora (co-captain), Ava Zaleck, Maggie Stanton, Sonia Parmar, and Zoe Ralph; juniors Elizabeth Mastrangelo, Jannat Chaudry, Jenna Smith, and Caroline Johnson; sophomores Anaika Tyagi, Anyra Kapoor, Miranda Lorsbach, and Sami Sharp; and freshmen Courtney Crowder and Nupur Ballal.
The KPS Middle School Ethics Bowl Team is comprised of eighth-graders Annabelle Walter (captain), Sophia Builione (captain), Miranda Wang, Julienne Kwan, Sahana Kapoor, Bea Mendelsohn, and Addison McGoey; and seventh-graders Daisy Zeiner-Morrish, Maya Lalani, Melat Hall, Grace Thatch, and Nicola Murungi.