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February 27:30 am - 6:00 pm

Indiana High School Ethics Bowl February 2nd, 2019

February 27:30 am - 6:00 pm at The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics 2961 W. County Rd. 225 S.
Greencastle, 46135 United States
Photo by Amber Hecko

Ethics Bowl is a debate-style competition that focuses on contemporary ethical and social issues. Unlike typical debate competitions, the judging criteria focus more on key elements of constructing and delivering a well-reasoned moral argument in a civil manner. It’s a great opportunity for students to cultivate and showcase their critical thinking skills and moral reasoning while staying engaged with current events.

Interested in helping us out at the competition? Head over to our event assistant page for more information.


Registration has closed. All participating teams should complete the individual participant form below.

Participant Information Form
(Each coach, chaperone, and team member’s guardian must complete this form)


Available in PDF form here from National High School Ethics Bowl. To download an accessible Word document version of the case set, click here.

Event Information

Tentative Schedule 

7:30-8:15 a.m. Check in at Wallace Stewart
7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast at Hoover Hall
8:45 a.m.  Welcome at Julian
9:10 a.m.  Competition begins in Julian
9:10-10:10 Round 1
10:35-11:35 Round 2
11:50-12:50 Round 3
1:00-2:00 Lunch at Prindle
1:40 Coaches’ Meeting with Director Andy Cullison
1:45 Finalists announced
2:15-3:15 Quarterfinals
3:25-4:25 Semifinals
4:35-5:35 Finals

Detailed schedule will be emailed to coaches in late January.

Placement in our regional competition affords two additional opportunities:

1) The winning team of the regional is eligible to compete in the National High School Ethics Bowl competition at University of North Carolina April 5-7, 2019. If our bowl is considered “large” by NHSEB standards, the winning team will automatically advance to the national competition. Otherwise the winner will compete in a virtual playoff with the winner of another small regional bowl. We will know if we are considered a large or small bowl soon after registration closes in December. Prindle awards the winning school a $1,500 stipend to offset travel costs.

2) First- through fourth-place finishers are eligible to compete in the Prindle Institute’s 2nd Annual national Summer High School Ethics Bowl Invitational in June 2019. In the summer of 2018 we hosted 16 teams from across the country for a two-day competition. We’ve heard from many of the schools since that they are hoping to again finish strong in their regional so that they can return for the summer 2019 event.

Frequently Asked Questions

What resources are available as my team prepares for the competition?
Visit https://nhseb.unc.edu or contact Emily Knuth (eknuth@depauw.edu) with questions. The Prindle Institute’s director Andy Cullison is available to mentor ethics bowl coaches.

Where can we stay if we arrive Friday night?
A couple of local hotel options include: The Inn at DePauw (765-658-1000) or Holiday Inn Express in Cloverdale (765-795-5050)

Where do I park?
For check-in and the preliminary rounds, please park along College Street in front of the Percy L. Julian Math and Science Building (602 S. College St.) or in the parking lot behind the building. Lunch and the final rounds will be held at The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics (2961 W. Co Rd. 225 S.). Park in the lot to the immediate right of the entrance gate. Directions from Julian to Prindle will be available the day of the competition.

What happens if the weather conditions are poor?
Prindle Institute staff will contact the coaches on the morning of the event with instructions if there is a significant weather event. The makeup date is February 9, 2019.

Are meals provided?
Free breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks will be provided throughout the competition.

Can parents or guardians attend?
Yes, and we will have audience seating available in the competition rooms. Please let us know if you will have extra parents or guardians attending the free lunch on the Participant Information Form.

Want to learn more about DePauw?
Visit DePauw admissions page.

February 2
7:30 am - 6:00 pm
The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics
2961 W. County Rd. 225 S.
Greencastle, 46135 United States
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