Ethics Olympiad ACT/NSW

By Edi Lupton, Year 11

On 2 May, ten students competed in the ACT/NSW branch of the 2023 Ethics Olympiad. Out of the two teams, one team came third, despite it being their first time competing! The second team won gold, securing their place in the international competition.

In short, an Ethics Olympiad is a competition in which teams compete through organised discourse on pre-set stimuli. An extract from the Ethics Olympiad case sheet: “An Ethics Olympiad differs from debating in that students are not assigned opposing views; rather, they defend whatever position they believe is right and win by showing that they have thought more carefully, deeply, and perceptively about the cases in question.”

Together, the teams worked smoothly and cohesively as they delivered their stances (and any counterarguments) in the most compelling way possible. The team progressing aims to keep up this success in the International Ethics Olympiad in July.

The team members who won gold were Edi Lupton, Holly Todd, Olivia Wang and Terry Yang. The bronze-winning team members were Angelina Fei, Thomas Gatzen-O’Keefe, Max Johnson, Emma Lucas and Stella Weston-Davis.