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Washington State High School Ethics Bowl

Ethics Bowl 2016

The 2016 Ethics Bowl was a great success! We were inspired by the thoughtfulness, enthusiasm, and openness of all of the students who participated.

Awards went to the following schools:

First place: Seattle Academy Team 1
Second place: Lakeside High School Team 1
Third place: Chief Sealth High School Team 2
Award for Civil Dialogue: Rainier Beach High School Team 2

The students from the four trophy-winning schools participate in "Olympia Day" on February 23, 2016, which includes private tours of the Washington State Supreme Court (and attendance at an oral argument session), Capitol Building (and meetings with selected state legislators), and the Governor's Mansion (and meetings with senior staff there), as well as a lunch reception with all of the Supreme Court justices.

One of the coaches involved wrote: "The students could not stop discussing the cases and were thrilled with how much they connected with students from other schools. I just want you to know how much the students enjoyed and were inspired by the event."

Ethics Bowl Program 2016

The 2017 Washington State High School Ethics Bowl will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017. Stay tuned for more information in the early fall!

Thanks to our generous 2016 High School Ethics Bowl sponsors:

Jewel Hospitality
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 High School Ethics Bowl

On January 31, 2015, the Center for Philosophy for Children hosted the second 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.

Read Lakeside student Courtenay Roche's blog post about participating in the 2015 Washington State High School Ethics Bowl.


Video about the Ethics Bowl

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