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Students from across the United States come to UNC-CH to discuss complex and timely ethical dilemmas in the 7th annual competition

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – March 6, 2019) – The seventh 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 6th and 7th, 2019. 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: 490 teams representing 325 schools participated in 36 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 personal and social topics including safe gun storage laws, cash bail, friendship, race and on-line dating, and supervised injection sites.

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, AJ Fletcher Foundation, 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 2019 bowl are:

Ann Arbor Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor, MI

Atlantic Community High School, Delray Beach, FL

Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, Washington, DC

Chief Sealth International High School, Seattle, WA

Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT

Colorado Academy, Denver, CO

Conestoga High School, Berwyn, PA

Decatur High School, Decatur, GA

Dove Science Academy, Oklahoma City, OK

East Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, NC

Herron High School, Indianapolis, IN

David H. Hickman High School, Columbia, MO

Jesuit High School, Portland, OR

Kent Place School, Summit, NJ

Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Houston, TX

Little Rock Central High School, Little Rock, AR

Medford High School, Medford, MA

Metea Valley High School, Aurora, IL

Riverside High School, Greer, SC

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, Sewanee, TN

St. Petersburg High School, St. Petersburg, FL

Stanford Online High School, Stanford, CA

Stuyvesant High School, New York, NY

The Stony Brook School, Stony Brook, NY

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Photo by Tenley Garrett

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