East Tennessee high school students had the chance to debate some very important topics Saturday. UT's College of Arts and Sciences hosted it's annual Ethics Bowl.

They tackled big issues like the shooting of Trayvon Martin and the ins and outs of physician assisted suicide.

Issues that fill the courtrooms and the front pages of newspapers. Only, these discussions are being debated by teenagers.

The Ethics Bowl started in East Tennessee in 2012. Its purpose -- to open up the eyes of the future generations.

Ten schools around the area participated. The judges include UT faculty and community leaders from Knoxville.

The schools that participated: Austin East High School, Central High School, Clinton High School, Farragut High School, Fulton High School, Jefferson County High School, L&N Stem Academy, Oak Ridge High School, Oliver Springs High School, and Lockwood High School.

"[It] gets them to think about other moral dimensions of the world. Things we might not ordinarily think about. It promotes critical thinking," said event organizer and UT grad student in philosophy Don Dillard.

This year's winner was Farragut High School, followed by Austin East. Oak Ridge High School finished third. Farragut will now go to the national competition in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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