Main Event
April 11, 2017

Hosted every January by the Center for Public Philosophy at UC Santa Cruz, this event serves as a qualifying regional for the National High School Ethics Bowl. The winner of this competition usually goes on to the Nationals at UNC, Chapel Hill.

Founded in 2012 by Kyle Robertson, the most recent NorCal Bowl welcomed teams from twelve high schools.

If you’re a school or individual interested in participating, please contact the Bowl Director, Kyle Robertson.

schedule of events

Upcoming Bowl

Our 2017 Nor Cal Regional has concluded. Check back here in the fall of 2017 for details on our January 2018 Regional event.
2017 Cases

Anticipated Schedule for January, 2018

Teams should arrive on campus no later than 8:30am and proceed to the Humanities Lecture Hall (see driving and parking directions). All teams compete in three rounds, finishing by 12:30pm.

Registration fees are $125 per school (1-3 teams). Fee waivers are available upon request.

Information for Judges

Judges should arrive on campus no later than 8:00am and proceed to Humanities 1, Room 201 (see driving and parking directions).

In preparation for the event, judges should familiarize themselves with the cases, read the judging rubrics and judge’s scoring sheets, and watch this judging video.

Resources for Coaches and Schools

The Rules of Ethics Bowl

read rules


Congratulations to Stanford Online High School, Winners of the 2017 NorCal HSEB Regional. Good luck at the Nationals!


We are grateful for the dedicated community volunteers that make the
NCHSEB possible, such as:

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    Cynthia Chase
    Mayor of Santa Cruz
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    David Terrazas
    Vice Mayor of Santa Cruz
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    Mark Stone
    Local CA assemblyman
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    Pamela Comstock
    Former City Council Member
Community Members
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    Sarah Edmundson
    Dominican Hospital
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    Sandy Davie
    Santa Cruz Toddler Care Center Administrative Director
A variety of faculty and staff from UCSC and surrounding universities
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    Sandra Dreisbach
    UCSC Lecturer
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    Michael Tassio

If you are a community member or a UCSC graduate or undergraduate student interested in ethics, please volunteer! We are always looking for new excellent high school team coaches and competition day moderators and judges.