Ethics Forum

  • June 21Hope For Gus Week! 9/24 - 9/29

Ethics Forum

Transforming meaning philosophical dialogue into active ethical leadership

Hope for Gus

The Hope for Gus Foundation was started by Souhegan High School faculty member Steve Dreher and his wife Tonya. Their son, Gus, has Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a debilitating disease that causes the muscles of young boys to weaken year after year. The disease is terminal. The boys who suffer from this genetic mutation’s lives are cut too short. Currently, everyone with DMD die before proper adulthood. However, there is still hope! The foundation raises money for research in treatments for all boys with DMD, and there have been breakthroughs recently which could potentially treat Gus and many other boys who suffer with him. With further donations, scientists working to cure DMD will be able to find more new possible treatments, and potentially find the cure. To aid in the effort to find a cure, Ethics Forum puts on a week-long fundraising event to raise money, which includes a Hope for Gus Football game at Souhegan High school. For more information

Ethics Forum Project Pumpkin

Operation Pumpkin

Operation Pumpkin is an event Ethics Forum holds every year during Halloween to let Elementary students, and High school students interact in order to bring our communities together. It allows the younger kids to have fun and learn from High school Students which is incredibly beneficial, and prevents the elementary from having any fear of older kids, or fear of interacting with their communities. The Ethics Forum students go to the local elementary school, Mont Vernon Village School, and perform a skit and dance prepared earlier to perform for all the Elementary students. The event is decorated with over 200 pumpkins painted by our Ethics students.  After the performance we spend the rest of the day with the children, and we help teach them skills they are learning and play with them during recess. This event brings the Amherst/Mont Vernon students of all ages together in a fun, exciting day  for everyone. For more information


Southern New Hampshire Business Expo

Each year, we are honored to be invited to the Southern New Hampshire Expo to exhibit what we do to a larger area. We use our booth to hand out pamphlets, and talk with the community, while also entertaining the local kids with face painting. The Southern NH Business Expo is an eye-opening experience as to what extent small local businesses can achieve through hard work and passion for what they do. Being a part of the Expo each year gives us that same opportunity to show how passionate we are about students and the community we live in. For more information click here.


        In today’s society where we have absolute polarization of politics and a mindset that changing opinions makes a person weak, Souhegan High School sees a need for a conference that can teach students the skills required for engaging in healthy discussion or debate. Ever since its debut in 2009, The HYPE conference has been a safe environment for students to practice speaking in front of people they don’t know and maybe don’t agree with, and we press upon those students the importance of entertaining thoughts different or contrary to their own. We hope to get the message out to as many people as we can, and we hope that our exponential growth from 110 participants to over 1000 participants from over 30 different schools today shows not only a need, but also an interest for better dialogue.  

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