Students from across the United States come to UNC-CH to discuss complex and timely ethical dilemmas in the 6th annual competition

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – March 9, 2018) – The sixth annual National High School Ethics Bowl will bring 24 teams from across the United States to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on April 21st and 22nd, 2018. The event is hosted by the Parr Center for Ethics in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Throughout the weekend students will collaborate in analyzing timely and challenging ethical dilemmas. This is the largest National High School Ethics Bowl to date: 480 teams representing 335 schools participated in 33 regionals from September to March for their chance to compete in the national championship.

During the event, all teams will compete in four rounds before the field narrows. Cases and questions are developed under the guidance of the Parr Center each year. This year, they cover a broad range of topics including Confederate monuments, doxing, adoption, the U.S. Electoral College, and on-line dating.

The performance of each team is judged on the basis of how clearly, articulately, and perceptively the students develop the positions they decide to take; their ability to communicate respectfully and collaboratively; and their willingness to take diverse viewpoints into account.

The National High School Ethics Bowl is supported by UNC’s Parr Center for Ethics, Marc Sanders Foundation, American Philosophical Association, Fenwick Foundation, Howell Family Foundation, UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, UNC’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and UNC’s Department of Philosophy. Thank you!

The high schools participating in the 2018 bowl are:

Little Rock Central High School, Arkansas HSEB

Stanford Online High School, Northern California HSEB

Glendora High School, Southern California HSEB

Peak to Peak Charter School, Colorado HSEB

Choate Rosemary Hall, Connecticut HSEB

School Without Walls, Washington DC HSEB

Marco Island Academy, Southwest Florida HSEB

Herron High School, Indiana HSEB

Gerstell Academy, Maryland HSEB

Wayne Memorial High School, Michigan HSEB

David H. Hickman High School, Missouri HSEB

The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School, New Jersey HSEB

The Stony Brook School, Long Island NY HSEB

Gregorio Luperon High School, NYC HSEB

Fairfield College Preparatory School, Manhattanville NY HSEB

North Carolina School of Science and Math, North Carolina HSEB

Norman North High School, Oklahoma HSEB

Jesuit High School, Oregon HSEB

Conestoga High School, Delaware Valley HSEB

Maryville High School, Tennessee HSEB

The John Cooper School, Houston TX HSEB

Tatum High School, Tyler TX HSEB

James River High School, Virginia HSEB

Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, Washington HSEB

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