Middle School Ethics Bowl

The Middle School Ethics Bowl provides an opportunity for teams of students to collaboratively yet rigorously analyze and discuss both timeless and timely ethical dilemmas.  The Bowl brings together students from differing backgrounds and communities who wish to explore the best answers to life’s most meaningful questions.  It rewards open-mindedness, curiosity, humility, and mutual respect.
Modeled after the National High School Ethics Bowl, the Middle School Ethics Bowl aims to teach students how to think through ethical issues together.

National Planning Committee Members:
  • Karen Rezach, Director of the Ethics Institute at Kent Place School
  • Ariel Sykes, Assistant Director of the Ethics Institute at Kent Place School
  • Roberta Israeloff, Squire Family Foundation & Long Island Ethics Bowl Coordinator
  • Dustin Webster, Doctoral Student at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Deric Barber, Ethicist
  • Erik Kenyon, Teacher at Friends Academy in Massachusetts

Case Writing Committee Members:

  • Ariel Sykes, Committee Chair, Assistant Director of the Ethics Institute at Kent Place School
  • Claire C'26, Case Writer, Student at Kent Place School
  • Oliver W'26, Case Writer, Student at Friends Academy
  • Ed Solecki, Case Writer, Retired Teacher from the Far Brook School
  • Karen Rezach, Editor, Director of the Ethics Institute at Kent Place School
  • Roberta Israeloff, Editor, Squire Family Foundation & Long Island Ethics Bowl Coordinator
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MS Ethics Bowl 2021 Details

Who: All students in grades 6 through 8 who go to school across the United States are eligible to participate.

When: February 2023 Regionals & May 2023 Nationals

Where: Virtually or In-Person

How: 
  • Registration Fee: $150 per school. Scholarships Available - email to inquire.
  • Schools may send one to two teams that consist of three to seven students. 
  • To sign up for your 2023 Regional as a participating school, please email: ethics@kentplace.org
Kent Place School hosts the New Jersey Middle School Ethics Bowl, one of the first in the nation to offer the ethics bowl competition model to students in Grades 6 through 8.

We are grateful to the Squire Family Foundation, whose funding and support makes this event possible. 
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The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School is a first-of-its-kind institute at the primary and secondary school level. We believe that promoting the process and practice of ethical thinking and decision-making prepares people of all ages to be effective leaders and compassionate citizens.