In order to be recognized as a participating school in a regional bowl and qualify for the Nationals, a school must pay a NHSEB registration fee of $75. Registration is per school, not per team. In the event of economic hardship, a school should consult the NHSEB Executive Committee for scholarship opportunities. Register your school here!

NCHSEB-74A team must be composed of at least three high school students all enrolled in the same school. Teams are capped at seven students, but only five students can be seated on a team in any round.

In an ethics bowl round, teams are evaluated by a panel of three neutral  judges. The judges will score each team using a score sheet and a pre-set criteria. There are five main scoring areas for a total of 60 points:

  • Presentation (15 points)
  • Commentary (10 points)
  • Response (10 points)
  • Response to Judges’ Questions (20 points)
  • Respectful Dialoge (5 points)

The role of a judge is to gauge a team’s breadth and depth of thought as applied to a specific ethical scenario (also known as an ethics case). Please see the NHSEB Rules, Procedures, and Guidelines to fully learn about match format, scoring, and team procedures.

A team must meet the following criteria to qualify for, and to participate in, the National High School Ethics Bowl and to count as a qualifying team in their regional bowl:

A team must be composed of at least three high school students. NHSEB teams will be capped at seven students (all of whom participated on a qualifying team at a regional bowl – see below), but keep in mind that only five students can be seated on a team in any one match.

A team must represent an accredited and certified school that offers classes for grades 9, 10, 11, and/or 12 in the United States and must have the official endorsement of the school administration to participate in High School Ethics Bowls.

Homeschool exception: Regional bowl organizers may, at their discretion, allow a team or teams of homeschool students to participate. Regional organizers should attempt to verify age and encourage homeschool students to form a team from multiple families. Participants may not be otherwise enrolled in another accredited high school.

All teams must have a coach or advisor vetted and approved by school administration. If a team does not have an adult coach or advisor approved by the school’s administration, the team cannot compete at the Regional or National bowl. Homeschool exception: the coach or advisor of a homeschool team will be vetted and approved by the NHSEB Executive Committee.

The 2017-2018 regional case set will be released on September 5th! If you have trouble accessing the cases or have other questions regarding individual cases, please contact Dominique Dery, dkldery@email.unc.edu

Regional Qualifying Ethics Bowls may use these cases to determine which team will represent their local region at the 2018 National High School Ethics Bowl. The study questions do not necessarily include the questions moderators will ask teams during the competition. The study questions are designed to guide teams in thinking more deeply about the issues at hand.

Please note: These are the cases for regional competitions only. The NHSEB will prepare a new set of cases for the National High School Ethics Bowl in April 2018, to be released in early March 2018.

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: TBA

Winners announced: TBA

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.

Rules:

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 Dominique Dery, dkldery@email.unc.edu. 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 2017-2018 NHSEB Case Competition is sponsored by Parr Center for Ethics

The NHSEB and the Parr Center for Ethics would like to congratulate our previous National winners!

2017 (April 8-9 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

  1. North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics (NC)
  2. Oregon Episcopal School (OR)
  3. Kent Place School (NJ)
  4. Herron High School (IN)

Thanks to the generosity of the Marc Sanders Foundation, these four teams will each receive a prize of $4,000.

The Bob Ladenson Spirit of the Ethics Bowl Award: Wayne Memorial High School (MI)

View the memories on our Storify page!

2016 (April 15-16 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

  1. East Chapel Hill High School (NC)
  2. Harvard-Westlake High School (CA)
  3. David H. Hickman High School (MO)
  4. Greenhills High School (MI)

Thanks to the generosity of the Marc Sanders Foundation, these four teams will each receive a prize of $4,000.

The Bob Ladenson Spirit of the Ethics Bowl Award: Herron High School (IN)

View the memories on our Storify page!

2015 (April 9-11 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) 

  1. Waterford High School (UT)
  2. Phillips Exeter Academy (NH)
  3. Areté Preparatory Academy (CA)
  4. Newport High School (WA)

The Bob Ladenson Spirit of the Ethics Bowl Award: Kirby School (CA)

View the memories on our Storify page!

2014 (April 4-5 at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School) 

  1. East Chapel Hill High School (FL)
  2. Jericho High School (NY)
  3. Hickman High School (MO)
  4. Cherry Hill High School East (PA)

2013 (April 19-20 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center, Durham, NC)

  1. St. Petersburg High School (FL)
  2. East Chapel Hill High School (NC)
  3. Triangle Homeschool (NC)
  4. Farmingdale High School (NY)

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The Association of Practice and Professional Ethics (APPE) sponsors the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl (IEB) program. More than 100 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada sponsor ethics bowl teams.  In the fall, those teams compete in regional competitions and the 32-team national championship is held in late February or early March at the annual APPE meeting. In 2013, APPE began sponsoring an ethics bowl for junior and community colleges as well, now part of the IEB.