Missouri High School Ethics Bowl

Missouri high school students have the opportunity to explore real-life ethical issues at the annual Missouri High School Ethics Bowl.

This event is ideal for students who have a natural curiosity about the way the world should be. 

An ethics bowl is a competitive yet collaborative event where students analyze and discuss timely issues. Unlike a debate, students are not assigned opposing views. Rather, they defend whatever position they believe is right. Students win by showing they have thought carefully, deeply and perceptively about the cases in question.

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Event details

Location & parking

Columbia College
Brouder Science Center
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65201

Free parking will be available in our non-residential lots, located along Rangeline Street.

GPS Address: 1001 Rogers Street, Columbia, MO 65201

Arrival & departure

Check-in opens at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby of Atkins-Holman Student Commons. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. Upon arrival, your team will be given a competition schedule, name tags and an informational packet. All required release forms will be collected at check-in. Please plan to stay for the duration of the event, which is expected to end around 4:30 p.m.


Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided for all guests in Dulany Dining Hall. If you have any dietary needs or restrictions, please notify the Admissions Office at (573) 875-7352.

Why compete?

The event encourages and promotes ethical awareness, critical thinking, civil discourse, civic engagement and an appreciation for diverse viewpoints. It's also a great opportunity to meet new people from high schools around the state.

"I found the Missouri High School Ethics Bowl to be one of the more intellectually stimulating experiences. I watched students work together as they considered, for example, the implications of an individual's actions on the larger populace. It was so inspiring!"

-Dr. Peter Stiepleman, superintendent for Columbia Public Schools

Winning teams represent the state

The winning team of the Missouri High School Ethics Bowl earns the honor of representing the State of Missouri at the national competition. Learn more about the National High School Ethics Bowl External link.

Competition resources

Our sponsors

Thank you to Missouri High School Ethics Bowl sponsors

  • University of Missouri Department of Philosophy and the Florence G. Kline Endowment in Philosophy
  • Columbia College History, Philosophy & Political Science
  • University of Missouri Center for Health Ethics
  • Columbia College Partners in Education
  • DSport
  • Law Office of Mike Campbell, LLC
  • Columbia College Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences

Past winners

Missouri High School Ethics Bowl National Qualifiers:

  • 2017-2018: David H. Hickman High School  
  • 2016-2017: David H. Hickman High School
  • 2015-2016: David H. Hickman High School
  • 2014-2015: Rock Bridge High School
  • 2013-2014: David H. Hickman High School (placed 3rd nationally)

Overnight accommodations

Overnight accommodations are plentiful in the Columbia area. For more information on hotels and motels, visit the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau website External link or call (800) 652-0987.