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Ethics Bowl Team Does It Right at Regionals

In the summer of 2023, Neel Behari ’25 and Peter Eiswert ’25 initiated Ethics Bowl involvement at Gilman. “Ethics Bowl resembles a debate competition with a distinct approach,” said Behari. “It draws from philosophy, social sciences, law, and current events, making it an intellectually enriching experience that complements our regular academic curriculum.” Topics can cover the gamut, from AI-created art, unhealthy food served in public schools, violence in video games, and more.

The club, under the guidance of English teacher Devina Bhalla, uses their meeting times to analyze cases, discuss different moral philosophies, and practice strategy and public speaking. In its inaugural year, their hard work has paid off. The group formed two teams and competed against 18 teams representing schools in the region, including Bryn Mawr, Thomas Jefferson High School, Baltimore Polytechnic High School, Centennial High School, and others at the Mid-Atlantic High School Ethics Bowl held at the University of Baltimore on February 3. (Thank you to Callard Fellow Will Lam for chaperoning!)

One Gilman team — which includes Behari, Andy Yoon ’25, Daniel Son ’25, Phineas Schanbacher ’25, and Ben Barish ’25 — came in first place, and the other — comprised of Eiswert, Teo Garza ’26, Dixon Pollard ’25, Frank Siciliano ’25, and Dylan Walther ’25 — came in just behind the top three spots.

After the stunning regional victory, the winning team participated in an online match against an opponent in a qualifier divisional round for the national competition, but lost to a representative from Michigan.

“Despite the disappointing end to the season,” said Behari, “we’re ecstatic about how well the club is doing in its first year and can’t wait to come back next year and make it to nationals!”


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