Missouri High School Ethics Bowl

At the annual Missouri High School Ethics Bowl, high school students from Missouri can delve into real-life ethical dilemmas, offering a unique platform for curious minds to analyze, discuss, and defend their perspectives on timely issues in a competitive yet collaborative environment.

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 Team Can Earn Bid to National Tournament

The winning team of the Missouri High School Ethics Bowl can earn a bid to the national competition. Learn more about the National High School Ethics Bowl.

Competition Resources

Past Winners

Missouri High School Ethics Bowl National Qualifiers:

  • 2022-2023: David H. Hickman High School
  • 2021-2022: Olathe South High School
  • 2020-2021: Rock Bridge High School
  • 2019-2020: Rock Bridge High School
  • 2018-2019: David H. Hickman High School  
  • 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)

Location and Parking

Columbia College
Robert W. Plaster School of Business (New Hall)
700 Cougar Dr.
Columbia, MO 65216

Free parking is available.

GPS Address: 700 Cougar Dr, Columbia, MO 65216

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 or call (800) 652-0987.

because a future built by you is a future built for you.

Too many people have been made to feel that higher education isn’t a place for them— that it is someone else’s dream. But we change all that. With individualized attention and ongoing support, we help you write a new story for the future where you play the starring role.