Summer High School Ethics Bowl
June 25-27, 2020

Registration opens soon for our 2020 competition!

The Summer High School Ethics Bowl Invitational is a national competition hosted by the Janet 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.* Keep your eye on this page for the registration form as well as information on booking travel and lodging. Contact Leslie Petiniot ( or Emily Knuth ( with questions.

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. On or after February 17, click on the button to the right to be taken to the team registration page.

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.

The team registration form will appear on February 17, 2020.

Step Two: Fill out the travel and lodging form

The Rooming and Travel Form must be filled out by May 1. Click the button to the right to go straight to the form.

Travel Details
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. 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).

Lodging Details
All members of the team, including coach and judge/chaperone, will stay in the DePauw University dorms.

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 Invitational” room block.

Step Three: 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 Four: For each coach or judge/chaperone attending, fill out form below and upload background check

This step must be completed by May 1.

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.

Step Five: 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. Please upload a completed W9 to this form.

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