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The Parr Center for Ethics is home and host to the North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl. As a qualifying regional event of the National High School Ethics Bowl, the NCHSEB makes use of the same format, rules, and regulations as the NHSEB. The NCHSEB’s winner will advance to NHSEB Nationals in April. For more information on the NCHSEB, or to get some help starting a team at your school, please contact NCHSEB/NHSEB Director, Alex Richardson, at ethicsbowl@unc.edu.

 

 

 

Congratulations to the winner of the 2021 NCHSEB: Chapel Hill High School!

 

 

2014 Regional Ethics Bowl-4 websiteThe North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl consists of students competing from public, private, and charter schools as well as home-schools—from all across the state.

 

A team competing in the North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl must be composed of at least three high school students. The teams will be capped at seven students, but only five students can be seated on a team in any one match.

 

All teams must have a coach or advisor vetted and approved by school administration. This coach or advisor cannot be a student.

 

 

In an ethics bowl match, teams are evaluated by a panel of three neutral judges. The judges will evaluate each team’s breadth and depth of thought as applied to a specific ethical scenario or question 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 Dialogue (5 points)

More information about the 2022 North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl is forthcoming in August 2021. 

 

 

2014 Regional Ethics Bowl-2 website

2020-2021 Rules, Procedures, and Guidelines

 

In general, the NCHSEB uses all the same rules and format as the National High School Ethics Bowl. Please see the NHSEB website for additional resources to help your team prepare.

 

In 2021, as allowances for an online format during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • In the interest of the health and safety of all participants, and in accordance with CDC guidelines for social distancing, it is the strong recommendation of the NHSEB Executive Committee that all participants join matches from separate locations, using their own individual devices (e.g., one student, one computer).
  • Student conferral times will be extended to 3 minutes for each part of the match (Presentation, Commentary, and Response).
  • The typical NHSEB Moderator Script has now been updated for the digital format.
    • The script now includes staging instructions to remind coaches of their observational role when a match begins. To prevent communication between coaches and students, coaches should have their cameras and microphones disabled throughout matches in progress. 
    • The Moderator’s coin flip to determine presenting order has been eliminated from the script. NHSEBOne will automatically randomize the presenting order, and thus designations as “Team A” and “Team B”. 
    • Staging instructions have been updated to reflect the extended conferral times above by default. 
    • Timing reminders during student presentations, commentaries, and responses may be offered either verbally or visually using the NHSEBOne notification system and/or the chat function in Zoom.
  • Rule Reminders: These are not new, and will will be enforced on an honor system and in the spirit of the Ethics Bowl activity.
    • Pre-written notes, etc. remain prohibited as in past years. Students may bring with them scratch paper to take notes and/or take notes digitally on their own computer.
    • Communication between students and coaches, alternates, or spectators during a match in progress, including verbal, visual, or written communications, are prohibited.
      • Students may make use of the private chat function in Zoom in order to “pass” notes among “seated” team members during a match in progress.
  • Moderator Flexibility/Match Troubleshooting: The Moderator may, at their discretion, call a “time-out” during a match to deal with any issues affecting the ability of participants to be seen/heard/understood. In such cases, the Moderator may stop the timer and work with participants to remedy any connectivity problems that arise. Moderators have been instructed to remain as flexible as possible, and to use this tool whenever necessary.

 

 

2020-2021 Regional Case Set

 

The discussion questions in the Regional Case Set are designed to guide teams in thinking more deeply about the issues at hand, and do not necessarily include the questions moderators will ask teams during the competition.

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 on April 10-11, 2021, to be released in late February 2021.

Alamance Burlington Early College
Calvary Day School
Carolina Friends School
Carrboro High School
Cary Academy
Chapel Hill High School
Currituck County High School
East Chapel Hill High School
Eastern Alamance High School
Green Hope High School
High Point Central High School
Hillside High School
North Carolina School for Science and Mathematics
Ragsdale High School
Raleigh Charter High School
The Early College of Forsyth
Walter M. Williams High School

Calvary Day School
Carolina Friends School
Carrboro High School
Cary Academy
Chapel Hill High School
Currituck County High School
Durham School of the Arts
East Chapel Hill High School
Eastern Alamance High School
Enloe Magnet High School
Green Hope High School
High Point Central High School
Hillside High School
Millbrook High School
North Carolina School for Science and Mathematics
Oak Hill Academy
Raleigh Charter High School
The Early College of Forsyth County
The School for Creative Studies
Trinity Academy of Raleigh
Walter M. Williams High School

Trinity Academy of Raleigh
The Early College of Forsyth County
Calvary Day School
East Chapel Hill High School
Eastern Alamance High School
Carolina Friends School
Marvin Ridge High School
Alamance Early College
NC School of Science and Math
Durham School of the Arts
Chapel Hill High
High Point Central
Enloe Magnet High School
Green Hope High School
Carrboro High School
The School for Creative Studies
Camelot Academy
Walter M. Williams High School
Oak Hill Academy
Hillside High School
Cary Academy

Millbrook High School
Carolina Friends School
East Chapel Hill High School
Eastern Alamance High School
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
Durham School of the Arts
Calvary Day School
Chapel Hill High School
Woods Charter School
The School for Creative Studies
Hillside High School
Pender Early College High School
Carrboro High School
Walter M. Williams High School
High Point Central High School
Oak Hill Academy

Calvary Day School
Carolina Friends School
Chapel Hill High School
CSRA Home Educators
Durham School of the Arts
East Chapel Hill High School
Eastern Alamance High School
Hillside High School
Millbrook High School
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (winners)
Raleigh Charter High School
Wake Forest High School
William G. Enloe High School
Woods Charter School

Calvary Baptist Day School
Carolina Friends School
Chapel Hill High School
Durham Academy of the Arts
East Chapel Hill High School (winners)
Eastern Alamance High School
Granville Magnet School
Hargrave Military Academy
Hillside High School
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
Raleigh Charter High School
Woods Charter School

Carolina Friends School
Carrboro High School
Chapel Hill High School
East Chapel Hill High School
Eastern Alamance High School
Hargrave Military Academy
Hillside High School
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (winners)
Raleigh Charter High School
Woods Charter School

Ardrey Kell High School
Carolina Friends School
Carrboro High School
Cary Academy
Chapel Hill High School
East Chapel Hill High School
Eastern Alamance High School
Hargrave Military Academy
Myers Park High School
North Carolina School of Science and Math
Woods Charter School

Carolina Friends School
Carrboro High School
Cary Academy
Chapel Hill High School
The Covenant School
East Chapel Hill High School
Hillside High School
North Carolina School of Science and Math
Southern Alamance High School
Triangle Area Homeschool
Woods Charter School

Carolina Friends School
Cary Academy
Cedar Ridge High School
East Chapel Hill High School
North Carolina School of Science and Math
Woods Charter School

 

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