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2015 Washington State High School Ethics Bowl

The University of Washington Center for Philosophy for Children is excited to announce that the 2015 Washington State High School Ethics Bowl will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the University of Washington.

We invite all Washington State high schools to participate in this year's event!

Registration for the High School Ethics Bowl has begun, and the deadline for registration is December 15, 2014. The registration fee is $100 for each team. Limited scholarships are available for schools unable to pay the fee.

High school teams typically include three to five students (and can also include a couple of alternates) and a coach (ideally, a high school teacher). We will assign a graduate or undergraduate philosophy student as a resource for each interested school. Each school may enter up to two teams in the competition. We are able to accept up to 26 teams, at which point registration will close.

To register:

Teams prepare for the competition using cases prepared by the National High School Ethics Bowl, which are now available here! The Washington State High School Ethics Bowl will be choosing for the January 31 competition from the first 12 cases only, so teams can ignore cases 13, 14 and 15.

The National High School Ethics Bowl has grown rapidly in recent years, and the winner of the Washington State High School Ethics Bowl will advance, with expenses paid, to the national competition, which will be held at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill on April 10-11, 2015.

An exciting tournament, an Ethics Bowl is a great way for students to deepen their understanding and appreciation of interesting ethical and philosophical issues. High school ethics bowls typically utilize case studies relevant to young students, involving wide-ranging ethical questions such as cheating, plagiarism, peer pressure, use and abuse of social media, privacy, and relationships, as well as political and social issues such as free speech, gun control, cloning, parental consent, and stem cell research. More information is available here and at the

Although the High School Ethics Bowl is competitive, it is intended to promote collaboration. Teams do not have to take pro/con positions; in fact, they can agree with each other. They are not required to refute each other's points, but rather to offer commentary on one another's arguments.

Teams are judged according to the quality of a team's reasoning and how well team members organize and present their cases, analyze the case's morally relevant features, and anticipate and preemptively respond to commentary and questions. Judges for the Washington State High School Ethics Bowl will be drawn from the local legal and philosophical communities.

For more information, please contact Outreach Coordinator Kate Goldyn at, or call 206-221-6297.

2015 Ethics Bowl is generously sponsored by:

2014 High School Ethics Bowl

Seattle Times article about the 2014 High School Ethics Bowl:

The 2014 Washington State High School Ethics Bowl involved 22 teams from 13 high schools, and an array of lawyers, judges, philosophers, business people and others served as judges and moderators. The event was generously sponsored by:

Cable, Langenbach, Kinerk & Bauer LLP
Savitt Bruce & Willey LLP
Stoel Rives LLP
University of Washington College of Arts & Sciences, Division of Social Sciences
University of Washington Department of Philosophy
University of Washington Program on Values
University of Washington School of Law

2014 Ethics Bowl program