The NHSEB Case Competition is an opportunity for high school students to write cases for the National High School Ethics Bowl.  All submitted cases will be considered for use in National and Regional High School Ethics Bowl case sets.

Grand prize: The author of the case selected will be awarded a $500 prize.
Honorable mention: Two prizes of $250 will be awarded to other distinguished cases.

Who is eligible? All currently enrolled high school students in the United States.

Deadline: January 4, 2016

Winners announced: February 29, 2016

Guidelines: Submissions should follow the general format for ethics bowl cases:  a scenario, between 400 and 800 words long, that highlights a clear moral issue; is appropriate for high school students; and is written in a way that encourages civil discourse.  The scenario should be framed so the central issue is clearly ethical and not simply or primarily legal or professional. The NHSEB website contains archives of  former high school ethics bowl cases for guidance.


Students are allowed to submit more than one case—whether as an individual or as part of a collaborative team. If a student submits more than one case, only one of the cases submitted under his/her name will be able to win a prize (grand, runner-up, or honorable mention). Collaborations among students are allowed, with due credit being given to all who contribute. However, to ease the administration of the award, submissions must be made by a single person who then take responsibility for whether and how prize money will be distributed (and for the tax liability that comes with the prizes).

All submissions must be original materials, although appropriately cited excerpts may be used (a quote from a news source, for example). All submissions become the property of NHSEB and are eligible for inclusion in a current or future NHSEB case set, either in full or in part (including cases that are not selected for as prize winners). Cases may be edited after being evaluated for the case competition.

Entries will be judged for overall merit, interest of the moral issue presented, quality of writing, and suitability for a NHSEB competition.

To enter: Send your completed case, along with your name, age, school, and teacher’s name to Katelin Kaiser, Please use the subject line: NHSEB Case Competition.

Entries will be judged for overall merit, interest of the moral issue presented, quality of writing, and suitability for a NHSEB competition.

The 2015-2016 NHSEB Case Competition is sponsored by Parr Center for Ethics