The 2021 National High School Ethics Bowl
We’re back! The 2021 National High School Ethics Bowl will be held on the weekend of April 9-11, 2021. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be administered online using our new NHSEBOne competition platform. Please use the tabs below to learn more about the 2021 National Competition and related programming. We look forward to seeing you soon!
This year, Ethics Bowl goes online.
The 2021 National High School Ethics Bowl will move online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It will be administered using the Parr Center’s brand new NHSEBOne competition platform. NHSEBOne is a dedicated web platform for the National High School Ethics Bowl, which builds upon and works alongside the Zoom videoconferencing platform. NHSEBOne functions as an administrative interface to build and administer Ethics Bowl competitions, as well as a match controller which works alongside the match rooms to offer Ethics Bowl-specific functionality—cases, timers, scripts, notifications, in-platform scoring/reporting, and more.
Event Itinerary for April 9-11, 2021
All times listed are in the Eastern Time Zone (ET).
Friday, April 9: Pre-Competition and Check-In
2:00-2:30pm: Kickoff; State of the Ethics Bowl with Alex Richardson, Director (Live Stream)
2:30-3:30pm: Open Feedback Session with Advisory Board and Executive Committee (for NHSEB Coaches and Organizers)
4:00-6:00pm: Team Check-In; Drop-In Q&A Session with NHSEB Staff
5:00-6:00pm: Judge Check-In; Q&A Session with NHSEB Staff
5:00-6:00pm: Moderator Check-In; Q&A Session with NHSEB Staff
7:00-7:30pm: Official Welcome; NHSEB Opening Ceremonies
Saturday, April 10: Preliminary Rounds
9:00am: NHSEB HQ Opens
11:30am-1:30pm: Lunch Break (with Optional Beyond the Bowl Sessions)
1:30-3:00pm: Preliminary Round 2 (via NHSEBOne // Spectator Portal)
3:30-5:00pm: Preliminary Round 3 (via NHSEBOne // Spectator Portal)
5:30-7:00pm: Preliminary Round 4 (via NHSEBOne // Spectator Portal)
7:15-7:30pm: Quarterfinalist Announcements (Live Stream)
Sunday, April 11: Elimination Rounds
9:00am: NHSEB HQ Opens
11:30am-12:30pm: Lunch Break
2:30-4pm: Break/Social Hour (with Optional Beyond the Bowl Sessions)
- 3:00-3:45pm: For Students: UNC Informational Session, with Michael Davis, Associate Director, Undergraduate Admissions
- 3:00-3:45pm: For Coaches: Coaches’ Social Hour, with Michael Vazquez and Audra Jenson, Parr Center for Ethics
6:15-6:45pm: Closing/Awards Ceremony (Live Stream)
Forms Required for Competition
The following forms are required for all participants. Please complete these forms by April 5, 2021. You may direct any questions or concerns about team forms to the Parr Center’s Event Coordinator, Jordan Lifer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Roster Submission Form (Complete Online): Each coach should fill out our Roster Submission Form. This allows us to have coach and emergency contact information on file, as well as collecting some basic information on each of your participating students. In addition to the names of those students who will compete at the event, you should provide each student’s email address, which will be connected to their NHSEBOne account, and their date of birth so that we may register them as program participants with UNC’s Office for the Protection of Minors. Please keep in mind that only 7 students can officially be on a team’s official roster, while 3-5 of these students can be seated in any match.
- Team Authorization Form (Send via Email): This form should be completed by the team’s high school administration (principal/vice-principal/headmaster/dean) and returned via email to Jordan Lifer. It is designed to indicate that the high school administration is fully aware of an ethics bowl team/club/organization, the coach, and students who will represent the high school at the National High School Ethics Bowl. A coach may fill out the information on the form, but the signature needs to be from a school administrator.
- Participant Disclosure and Release Form (Complete Online): Every student participating in the NHSEB Nationals must complete this permission form. Students under the age of 18 will need a parent or guardian’s signature. This includes students who are competing as well as students who are joining in as alternates and/or to show their fellow students support.
NHSEBOne Platform Resources
Nearly 30 NHSEB Regional Competitions have already made use of NHSEBOne for their events this year, so odds are, you’re already familiar with it. If you’re just getting acclimated, you can learn more about the NHSEBOne platform here. If you have not used the platform before, we highly recommend that you watch one of our Role Walkthroughs linked below or check out the NHSEBOne Quick Start Guide. If your Regional Competition did not use NHSEBOne, and your team needs login credentials, please contact us at email@example.com after submitting your Team Roster (we’ll need student and coach email addresses to create user accounts with).
The National High School Ethics Bowl, in all its operations around the country, is powered by volunteer Judges and Moderators. The claim that we couldn’t do it without your help is no exaggeration. Our volunteers are crucial to providing a great learning experience in civil and constructive moral discussion for the best and brightest high school students from across the United States.
As a Judge, you will play a crucial role in helping students reason ethically about a wide variety of challenging issue and engage productively in contexts of disagreement. Unlike typical debate competitions, Ethics Bowl rewards students for the depth and breadth of their thought, their ability to think carefully about complex problems, and the consideration they display of the diverse perspectives of their peers. Judges will evaluate individual matches using these criteria, and engage in Q&A sessions with each team during matches to which they are assigned. No prior or specialized training is necessary to volunteer as a Judge (though previous Ethics Bowl experience is a plus)!
As a Moderator, you will play a crucial role in setting up and running individual match rooms, and providing students a fruitful, fun, and inclusive space for constructive conversation. Moderators set the agenda (case, question, etc.) for each match, keep time, and enforce the NHSEB’s rules. As is the case with Judges, no prior or specialized training is necessary to volunteer as a Moderator (though previous Ethics Bowl experience is a plus)!
You can use these resources to prepare for your role as a Judge at the NHSEB Nationals. They include a playlist of training videos compiled by the Parr Center team, our JudgeKit package from NHSEBAcademy (which includes a Quick Start Guide for judges, and other helpful documents), NHSEB’s criteria for scoring, and a sample score sheet. Note that scoring for this year’s event will be handled by our new NHSEBOne platform, and you can watch the Judge Role Walkthrough to learn more about the platform’s scoring interface. You can view the 2021 National Case Set here.
You can use these resources to prepare for your role as a Moderator at the NHSEB Nationals. They include a sample Moderator Script, our 2020-2021 Rules, Procedures and Guidelines, as well as our Expanded Guidelines for Online Competitions, which you’ll be responsible for implementing on a per-match basis. Note that many typical Moderator functions for this year’s event (timing, scripts, cases, etc.) will be handled by our new NHSEBOne platform, and you can watch the Moderator Role Walkthrough to learn more about the platform’s interface. Additional training resources including a live training session with NHSEB staff will be made available in early April 2021. Case pairings and questions will be shared with you confidentially when the competition begins.
In addition to showcasing the work of the very best High School Ethics Bowl teams from coast to coast, NHSEB 2021 will feature additional programming for students, teachers, and organizers from around the country. That programming will be designed to engage our large and diverse community, and to bring us all together in a time where we must, sadly, remain physically apart. All in all, NHSEB 2021 will be not just a competition, but a celebration of the Ethics Bowl activity—past, present, and future. We hope you’ll join us for a fitting end to an unprecedented season. All times are ET.
Friday, April 9: Open to Finalists + NHSEB Community
Saturday, April 10: Open to Finalists + NHSEB Community
Ethics Bowl in College, with John Garcia, Chair, APPE IEB (12:00-12:30pm)
Sunday, April 11: Optional Programming for National Finalists
For Students: UNC Informational Session, with Michael Davis, Associate Director, Undergraduate Admissions (3:00-3:45pm)
For Coaches: Coaches’ Social Hour, with Michael Vazquez and Audra Jenson, Parr Center for Ethics (3:00-3:45pm)
Sunday, April 11: Open to Finalists + NHSEB Community
NHSEBAcademy Watch Parties: Join the NHSEB team for an #NHSEB21 Watch Party! On April 11, starting at 10am ET, all elimination matches (Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and the National Championship) of the 2021 National High School Ethics Bowl will live stream on NHSEBAcademy. Staffers from the Parr Center for Ethics will join the stream to moderate a group discussion for family, friends, students, coaches, and fans, from around the country. Join us for Nationals Weekend and cheer on the 2021 NHSEB Finalists! The full Watch Party schedule is as follows:
- 10:00-11:30am: Quarterfinal Round Watch Party
- 1:00-2:30pm: Semifinal Round Watch Party
- 4:30-6:00pm: National Championship Round Watch Party
Closing/Awards Ceremony (6:15-6:45pm): After the Championship Round (but before scores/results are announced), please join us via live stream for an Awards Ceremony. Here, we’ll hear from some special guests, announce the winners of this year’s Case Competition, announce the winner of the Robert Ladenson Spirit of the Ethics Bowl Award (to be voted on by students during the course of the weekend), and, of course, announce the final results of the 2021 NHSEB—crowning our Champion in the process.
|Chapel Hill High School (NC)
Conestoga High School (PA)
Hackley School (NY)
Herron High School (IN)
Jesuit High School (OR)
Kent Place School (NJ)
Little Rock Central High School (AR)
Marion High School (IL)
Moses Brown School (RI)
|Nevada High School (IA)
New Trier High School (IL)
Noble and Greenough School (MA)
Oxbridge Academy (FL)
Park City High School (UT)
Riverside High School (VA)
Rock Bridge High School (MO)
St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School (TN)
Stanford Online High School (CA)
|Stanton College Prep High School (FL)
The Academy at Palumbo (PA)
The Academy of Classical Christian Studies (OK)
The Stony Brook School (NY)
Townsend Harris High School (NY)
University High School (CA)
Washtenaw International High School (MI)
Westwood High School (TX)