SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA— After a year of virtual competition, the Fifth Annual South Carolina High School Ethics Bowl will be back live and in-person at Wofford College on Saturday, Jan. 21. 

Eight high schools will compete, and the winner will advance to the National High School Ethics Bowl, which will be held March 31-April 2 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Byrnes High School is the defending state champion.

“Ethics Bowl is a unique event for high school students,” says Dr. Stephen Michelman, Wofford professor of philosophy and bowl director. “It exposes them to a subject which is not part of their high school curriculum but is essential to daily life.”  

Wofford and the college’s Department of Philosophy are hosting the state tournament.

Schools competing in the tournament are Byrnes High School, Chapman High School, Christ Church Episcopal School, Dorman High School, Providence Classical School, Spartanburg Day School, Spartanburg High School and West Ashley High School.

The tournament will be held in the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts on Wofford’s campus from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday. It is free and open to the public.   

State high schools interested in starting an ethics bowl team should contact Professor Michelman at