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For the third year in a row, Lake Worth Community High School has won the High School Ethics Bowl. The team was expertly coached by Lake Worth High teacher Jennei Preston.  “Principal George Lockhart, Coach Preston, and the team are to be commended for the school’s exemplary demonstration of ethics education by winning all five rounds they participated in,” said Ellen Van Arsdale, Director of Student Intervention Services.  The outstanding team members are: 12th grader Davonta Battles, and 11th graders Henry Calway, Kelicia Grant and Brandon Nandlal.


During the final round of competition, Lake Worth Community High discussed the ethics of the Trayvon Martin case and the legal use of marijuana with the team from Boca Raton Community High School.  The audience enjoyed a very spirited discussion that ensured between the two teams while the final results were being tallied by event coordinators.

More than 40 community and business leaders, local government officials, and school district personnel served as judges and moderators.  The winning Lake Worth High School team will compete at the Second National High School Ethics Bowl on April 4-5, 2014 at the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill.  This event is the culmination of a partnership between UNC and the Parr Center of Ethics.

The proud sponsors of this year’s ethics bowl are Palm Beach State College Center for Applied Ethics, Palm Beach County Bar Association, Young Lawyers and North County Sections, and Park Avenue BBQ & Grille.

Special thanks to Sandra Jinks, Principal, Sean Ashworth, Assistant Principal, and the staff and students of Palm Springs Community Middle School.

Sincerest thanks to the Palm Beach School District Ethics team spearheaded by Ellen Van Arsdale, Director of Student Intervention Services,  Jerri Burns, Specialist, and Susan Knight and Judy Lamb, Ethics Coordinators.


For more information on ethics education or to participate in efforts to support the winning teams trip to UNC, Chapel Hill North Carolina, please contact Ellen Van Arsdale, Director Student Intervention Services at 561-494-1569 or

Check out the winning team in The Education Network’s Student School News program

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