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First Coast High School Ethics Bowl

Promoting ethical reasoning for local high school students

"In the typical moral problem, the ethically relevant features are tricky to specify and extremely difficult to weigh with respect to one another. Moreover, there is no given short-list of possible actions to be decided upon; instead there looms before the person deciding what do to an open field of infinitely diverse actions, shading into one another in countless, different ways. To be or not to be is hardly ever the moral question, but rather when, where, how, for whom, how much, and in what respect to be or not to be. A moral problem calls not for a mechanical response, but rather for a creative act." (Robert Burch "Are There Moral Experts?" 1974: 655)


The National High School Ethics Bowl (NHSEB) promotes ethical awareness and collaborative critical thinking in a competitive environment. Students get the opportunity to research and analyze contemporary real world ethical issues, which culminates with present their findings and critically engaging with other teams and judges. Teams win by demonstrating that they have thought rigorously and systematically about the cases, and engaged respectfully and supportively with all participants. The NHSEB fosters constructive dialogue about complex moral issues and furthers the next generation's ability to make sound ethical decisions and engage in civil dialogue. This is a great opportunity for students and it is also a lot of fun!


Early September: Cases released

January 10th: Registration

1st Sat. in February: First Coast Ethics Bowl @ UNF

Early April: National Ethics Bowl


First Coast High School Registration: 

Our regional bowl is capped at 20 teams. Unless there are 20 different schools competing, schools will be permitted to send more than one team. Each school must be registered through the region above, and pay $50 per team with a maximum of 4 teams from any one school (No guarantees after your first two teams).

Each school must also register through the National High School Ethics Bowl here: 

Registration through nationals comes with a $125 fee. Whether paying by check or credit card, schools must complete the online registration form. Step-by-step directions on how to complete NHSEB registration are found on the above page.

The sooner you register the better as it will enhance our opportunity to get an automatic bid to the national competition (registration closes January 10th). 

General Resources:

First Coast High School Ethics Bowl on Facebook:

National High School Ethics Bowl Web Page:

NHSEB Archive of past cases:

Rules, Procedures, and Guidelines:

Video of an Ethics Bowl match:

Students talking about their experiences with NHSEB:

Podcast on HS Ethics Bowl:

Sponsored by the Better Business Bureau of Northeast Florida and Southeast Atlantic

Better Business Bureau logo

Other Sponsors Include:

American Philosophical Association

Florida Blue Center for Ethics

More to come