Summer High School Ethics Bowl
June 25-27, 2020

Registration now open

The Summer High School Ethics Bowl is a national competition hosted by the Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University. From June 25-27, 2020 teams will experience college life during the bowl as they stay in dorms on DePauw’s campus while competing against fellow ethics bowl teams from across the country. Your team is eligible to compete if you placed first through fourth in your regional competition. Each registration form for your team and team members is available below. Contact Leslie Petiniot ( with questions.

Note about concerns over coronavirus

DePauw University has cancelled events (including all Prindle Institute events) between March 8 and the end of the spring semester. This might have you wondering if events in the summer might be impacted by this decision. As of March 10, 2020, we believe we will be able to continue our programming (including Summer High School Ethic Bowl) in the months following May as regularly scheduled. However, this is an evolving public health situation that we will need to continue to closely monitor. We will make an announcement about summer programming if we have any reason to think we might need to alter or cancel those events.

The future is uncertain, but one thing the Prindle Institute is sure of is that we will continue to serve our community and provide quality ethics education and dialogue.

Quick Links to Each Form

Already know what to do? Use these links to head straight to the form you need to fill out. If you’re just starting the registration process, continue scrolling and we will guide you through each step!

Team Registration

Travel Information Form

Rooming Information Form

Individual Participant Paperwork

Travel Reimbursement Form

2020 Case Set

Please note that while the case choices in this packet will remain the same during the competition, the order and format in which they are presented and the numbers they are given are subject to change. Click this link to be taken to the case set PDF.

Before you register, let's make sure your team is eligible

Any team that finished in the top four at their regional competition is invited to register for the 2020 Summer High School Ethics Bowl Invitational. Spots will be available on a first come, first served basis. Registration will be capped at 20 teams.

For any school that had multiple teams in the top four of their regional, only one team is guaranteed a spot. Additional teams from those schools may be permitted to compete if space allows. Please make a note on your team registration form if your school is able and willing to field more than one team. You will be notified by April 10 if there is space for an additional team from your school.

*If a school finished 5th or 6th because another school had multiple teams finish in the top four, that school is eligible to compete.

Participating schools must commit to bringing an adult coach and at least one more adult who will serve as a judge/moderator and chaperone for the team. Training materials and on-site training will be available to those serving as a judge/chaperone.

Team members cannot be 2020 graduates. We are open to having some 2020 graduates assist with the event as a moderator or room assistant. Please contact Leslie Petiniot ( or Emily Knuth ( if you have 2020 graduates who are interested in serving as an event assistant.

Step One: Register your team

Team registration opens February 17 and closes April 10. We suggest that you register your team as early as you possibly can to ensure that you have a spot.

Register one team of 3-5 members. If your school has the ability to field a second or third team, please indicate this on the registration form.

On or by April 10, coaches will be notified if your team has been accepted and if additional teams from your school will be able to compete.

Step Two: Fill out the travel information form

The travel information form must be filled out by May 1. Click the button to the right to go straight to the form.

We strongly advise against booking non-refundable travel until being notified of your participation status on or by April 10.

The Prindle Institute will provide shuttle transportation to and from the Indianapolis airport. Please keep the following shuttle times in mind when you book your travel. On Thursday, June 25th, there will be a midday shuttle and a mid-afternoon shuttle to Greencastle. On Saturday, June 27th there will be early morning and mid-morning shuttles to the Indianapolis airport. All travel information (including air, auto, etc.) must be submitted by the May 1 deadline.

All schools will receive up to $1,000 for travel reimbursement per team (receipts are required for reimbursement). If extra financial support is needed, contact event planners Leslie Petiniot or Emily Knuth).

Step Three: Fill out the rooming information form

All members of the team, including coach and judge/chaperone, will stay in the DePauw University dorms. Each room houses two people.

Parents and guardians who are not a part of the team but wish to attend can book rooms at the Inn at DePauw. They must cover their own travel, lodging, and food expenses.

Call the Inn at 765-658-1000 to reserve. To receive the discounted rate, ask for “Summer High School Ethics Bowl” room block.

Step Four: Fill out individual paperwork forms

Each individual participant (or their guardian if a minor), coach and judge/chaperone must fill out this form by May 1. You can either click the button to the right, or send your team members this link:

Step Five: For each coach or judge/chaperone attending, fill out background check form

All adults staying with a team must fill out this form by clicking on the button to the right and upload a background check before coming to the competition. There are two ways to satisfy the background check requirement. You may either request a letter from your school (here is a sample letter) or you can sign and upload the DePauw background check request. This step must be completed by May 1.

Step Six: For travel reimbursement, fill out this form

In order to be reimbursed any money for travel, all receipts must be kept. We need a W9 from each person or institution receiving the reimbursement. Here is a copy of a blank W9.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this competition different from other National High School Ethics Bowl Competitions?

Yes. Here are the major differences: We have 3 preliminary rounds. The NHSEB time for presenting the primary presentation is typically 6 minutes. The time we allow for the primary presentation is 5 minutes. Moderators only announce the winner and do not provide detailed scores.

Why aren’t team members who graduated eligible?
For liability and accountability reasons, we are not allowing students who have graduated to attend.

Most of my team were seniors. Can I replace them with new teams members?
Yes. Schools are free to have students participate who were not on the original regional team. We encourage schools to replace graduated seniors with new members and think of this as a rebuilding and training opportunity for their teams.

Can parents and guardians attend? 
Yes! We welcome parents and guardians to attend. A room block will be available at the Inn at DePauw. To receive the discounted rate, ask for “Summer High School Ethics Bowl Invitational” room block.

Do students need and coaches need to bring linens? 
Sheets, pillow, a pillowcase, blanket, bath towel, and a washcloth will be available in the dorm rooms.

Contact Leslie Petiniot ( or Emily Knuth ( with any questions.

The cases will be available by February 17, 2020.

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