Welcome to the National High School Ethics Bowl (NHSEB). The headquarters for the NHSEB is the Parr Center for Ethics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

This year approximately 2,680 high school students spent a year studying cases, discussing important ethical issues, and learning how to think fruitfully about morally complex situations. These students hail from over 335 teams in North America, representing 218 schools, competing in 29 regionals in 22 states and the Providence of Manitoba. Even more will be participating in the 2016-17 academic year.

23 teams from across the U.S. (including the District of Columbia) and 1 team from Canada competed on April 15-16, 2016 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the National Championship!  Please join us in congratulating the 24 teams that participated in the fourth annual National High School Ethics Bowl! The 2016 winners, in order of rank:

  1. East Chapel Hill High School, North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl
  2. Harvard-Westlake High School, Los Angeles High School Ethics Bowl
  3. David H. Hickman High School, Missouri High School Ethics Bowl
  4. Greenhills High School, Michigan High School Ethics Bowl 

Inspired by the aims and values that govern the National High School Ethics Bowl, the Marc Sanders Foundation is pleased to sponsor prizes of $4,000 per team for the finalists and semi-finalists.

The Bob Ladenson Spirit of the Ethics Bowl Award is given to the team that best embodies the spirit and ideals of the Ethics Bowl, as voted on by other competitors. The 2016 winner is Herron High School from Indiana High School Ethics Bowl.

For a glimpse at the Nationals from a participant’s perspective, check out our Storify from the weekend.

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The 2016 NHSEB Champions, East Chapel Hill High School

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The 2016 NHSEB Banquet Dinner at the Carolina Inn

If you are interested in starting a local high school ethics bowl in your area, please contact Katelin Kaiser. If you have general questions, please contact the Parr Center for Ethics or call 919-843-5641.