High School Ethics Bowl
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.
Cases, Rules, and Other Resources
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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:
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.
This is our preferred method of taking payments. It does not require a PayPal account (though you certainly can use yours) and you can securely use a debit or credit card to make your payment.
Please indicate the check # in the registration form and then send your check, made out to Center for Philosophy for Children, to:
Thank you to all our generous sponsors!
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.
Read Seattle Times article about the Washington State High School Ethics Bowl
- First Place: Seattle Academy
- Second Place: Lakeside High School
- Third Place: Chief Sealth High School
- Award for Civil Dialogue: Rainier Beach High School