The Washington State High School Ethics Bowl is a competition in which teams analyze a series of wide-ranging ethical dilemmas  involving topics such as cheating, plagiarism, peer pressure, relationships, and abuse of social media. An Ethics Bowl is similar to debate, although in Ethics Bowls teams are not forced to take adversarial positions or to hold fast to an assigned perspective. Instead, students have a forum in which to engage in dialogue, and they are judged on the quality of their analysis and the degree to which they engage in a thoughtful, civil exchange. The 2017 competition took place on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at the University of Washington School of Law, involving about 70 high school students and teachers and 30 judges, lawyers, UW faculty and other educators participating, as well as many undergraduate and graduate student volunteers.

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A Coach From A Previous Year Said…

 

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.

 
 

Awards went to the following schools:
First place: Seattle Academy
Second place: Chief Sealth High School Team 1
Third place: Chief Sealth High School Team 2
Award for Civil Dialogue: Rainier Beach High School Teams 1 and 2

Ethics Bowl Program 2017

Each spring the winner of the Washington State High School Ethics Bowl advances to the National High School Ethics Bowl, held at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. In addition, the four trophy-winning teams participate in a “Day in Olympia,” which includes some or all of the following: private tours of the Washington State Supreme Court (and attendance at an oral argument session), Capitol Building, and the Governor’s Mansion, as well as a lunch reception with Supreme Court justices.

 

Unlike debate, Ethics Bowls do not force teams to take adversarial positions or hold fast to assigned perspectives. Instead, students have a forum in which to engage in dialogue, and they are judged on the quality of their analysis – how well they reason through the issues, organize and present arguments, analyze a case’s morally relevant features, and respond to commentary and questions – and the degree to which they engage in a thoughtful, civil exchange.



Registration Information

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Washington State High School Ethics Bowl

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Location: University of Washington School of Law
Registration Fee: School with 1 Team — $150, 2 Teams — $225

  • PLEASE NOTE: Registration is limited. We are only able to accept up to 24 teams, at which point registration will close.

Deadline: December 16, 2016
Instructions: Please fill out the form in the next toggled section below to register your team(s) for the High School Ethics Bowl. Your registration fee can be paid as follows:

  • PayPal – use the small PayPal form and button next to the registration form, then indicate your PayPal transaction ID in the registration form field. Your payment will be processed and secured by PayPal.
  • Check Payment – please indicate the check # in the registration form and then send your check, made out to Center for Philosophy for Children, to:
    University of Washington
    Center for Philosophy for Children
    Department of Philosophy
    Box 353350
    Seattle, WA 98195-3350
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Registration Form & Payment Options


We invite your school to participate in this year’s Ethics Bowl. High schools can have up to two teams, and each team typically includes three to five students and a coach (ideally a high school teacher). In addition, a UW graduate or undergraduate philosophy student will be assigned to each interested registered school as a resource to help the team prepare for the competition.

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Check Payment
Please indicate the check # in the registration form and then send your check, made out to Center for Philosophy for Children, to:

University of Washington
Center for Philosophy for Children
Department of Philosophy
Box 353350
Seattle, WA 98195-3350


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Washington State High School Ethics Bowl Archive


2016 Washington State High School Ethics Bowl

The 2016 Ethics Bowl was a great success! Over 100 high school students and more than 50 judges, lawyers, UW faculty, and high school teachers were involved. We were inspired by the thoughtfulness, enthusiasm, and openness of all of the students who participated. 

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.

Ethics Bowl Program 2016

Read Seattle Times article about the Washington State High School Ethics Bowl

Standings:
  • First Place: Seattle Academy
  • Second Place: Lakeside High School
  • Third Place: Chief Sealth High School
  • Award for Civil Dialogue: Rainier Beach High School