Pioneer High School Ethics team, the “Communist Partay,” advanced to the National Ethics bowl after competing against another Pioneer team, the “Purple Gang,” in the final round of the Regional Ethics Bowl.
Over 20 teams competed in the regional bowl on March 8. Both Pioneer teams had outstanding performances, with the Communist Partay as regional champions, and the Purple Gang as regional runners-up. The Communist Partay will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., for the National Ethics Bowl on April 10-11.
The Ethics Bowl, which consisted of a morning session, semi-finals, and finals began well for the Pioneer Purple Gang, with three immediate wins against Ypsilanti, Saline, and Huron, advancing the team to semi-finals. “Their match against Saline was a challenge,” says social studies teacher Brent Richards, leading faculty member of the Ethics teams here at Pioneer. “But Huron and Ypsilanti were more inexperienced.”
The Communist Partay did not immediately qualify for semi-finals due to a close loss with Greenhills, but won the tiebreaker to advance onwards. “It was those two blowout wins that really advanced us to semi-finals,” says Pioneer junior and Communist Partay member Basil Baccouche.