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Washington State High School Ethics Bowl

On January 31, 2015, the Center for Philosophy for Children hosted another successful Washington State High School Ethics Bowl at the University of Washington, involving over 100 high school students and teachers, 40 judges, lawyers, philosophers and other educators, and many University of Washington student volunteers.
The winners were as follows:

First Place: Newport High School (who will compete in the National High School Ethics Bowl at University of North Carolina on April 10-11, 2015)

Second Place: Lakeside High School

Third Place: West Seattle High School Teams 1 and 2

Award for Civil Dialogue: Bush High School Team 1 and Tesla STEM High School Team 1 (each school awarded the Award for Civil Dialogue receives a trophy and a $250 cash award)

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 utilize case studies relevant to high school 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 at http://nhseb.unc.edu/

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. 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 respond to
commentary and questions.

Judges for the Washington State High School Ethics Bowl are drawn from the local legal, education and philosophical communities.

Lakeside student Courtenay Roche's blog post about participating in the Washington State Ethics Bowl.

We invite all Washington State high schools to participate in the 2016 Washington State High School Ethics Bowl, which will be held on January 30, 2016. Information and registration will be available here in August 2015.

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

Thanks to our generous 2015 High School Ethics Bowl sponsors:

University of Washington College of Arts & Sciences, Division of Social Sciences
University of Washington College of Education
University of Washington Department of Philosophy
University of Washington Program on Values
University of Washington School of Law

2015 Ethics Bowl program

2014 High School Ethics Bowl

Seattle Times article about the 2014 High School Ethics Bowl: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2022815540_ethicsbowlxml.html

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