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January 28, 2023

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Team Registration









The Parr Center for Ethics is proud to have been home and host to the North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl since its foundation in 2012. As a qualifying Regional Competition of the Parr Center’s National High School Ethics Bowl program, the NCHSEB makes use of the same format, rules, and regulations as the NHSEB. After our Regional Competition (usually in January) the NCHSEB’s winner annually advances to the NHSEB Divisional Playoffs hosted by the Parr Center. Winners of Divisional Matches will advance to the NHSEB National Championship held in Chapel Hill each April. For more information on the NCHSEB, or for assistance starting a team at your school, please contact NCHSEB Organizer, Dr. Alex Richardson.



An Ethics Bowl is a competitive yet collaborative event in which students discuss real-life ethical issues. In each round of competition, teams take turns analyzing cases about complex ethical dilemmas and responding to questions and comments from the other team and from a panel of judges. An ethics bowl differs from a debate competition in that students are not assigned opposing views; rather, they defend whichever position they think is correct, provide each other with constructive criticism, and win by demonstrating that they have thought rigorously and systematically about the cases and engaged respectfully and supportively with all participants. Data from program surveys shows that this event teaches and promotes ethical awareness, critical thinking, civil discourse, civic engagement, and an appreciation for multiple points of view. In short, the program’s goal is to do more than teach students how to think through ethical issues: It is to teach students how to think through ethical issues together, as fellow citizens in a complex moral and political community.






How Ethics Bowl Works


Ethics Bowl matches feature two teams meeting head-to-head to discuss and evaluate case studies which feature tricky moral questions or dilemmas. These cases typically come from one of the NHSEB’s annually released Case Sets—one for Regional Competitions, and one for the National Championship each April. Each match will also have three judges and one moderator in attendance, and spectators are encouraged to join in as well.


To open the first half of the match, copies of the first case and question will be distributed to the judges and teams. The moderator will then read the case number, title, and a question for competition. Neither judges nor the teams will know in advance which case will be presented or which question will be asked. The first half then proceeds as follows:



  1. Moderator Period: A moderator will start the match by introducing a case from the set (which students have prepared with in advance) and asking a question that the discussion will address (which they have not).
  2. Presentation Period: After the case and question are introduced, Team A will have up to two minutes to confer, after which any member(s) of Team A may speak for up to six minutes in response to the moderator’s question, based on the team’s research and critical analysis. Team A must address the moderator’s question during the time allotted.
  3. Commentary Period: Next, Team B will have up to one minute to confer, after which Team B may speak for up to three minutes to comment on Team A’s presentation.
  4. Response Period: Team A will then have up to one minute to confer, followed by three minutes to respond to Team B’s commentary.
  5. Judges’ Period: The judges will then begin their ten-minute question and answer session with Team A. Before asking questions, the judges may confer briefly. Each judge should have time for at least one question, and may ask more questions if time permits.



This process will repeat in each respective half of the match, with the teams switching places (i.e., the team which presented in the first half will play the commenting role in the second, and so on). Upon the conclusion of each half of the match, judges will score each team based on the following criteria:

  • Team’s Presentation on the Moderator’s Question: Is the presentation clear and systematic? Does it address some central moral dimensions of the case? Does it indicate awareness of and responsiveness to opposing viewpoints?
  • Responding Team’s Commentary: Is the commentary constructive? Does it advance the conversation by offering opportunities for clarification, questions for the presenting team, etc.
  • Presenting Team’s Response to Commentary: Does the presenting team take seriously and adequately reply to the comments from their respondents?
  • Presenting Team’s Responses to Judges’ Questions: Are judges’ questions answered effectively, clearly, and responsibly?
  • Each team’s display of Respectful Dialogue throughout the match: Is each team committed to the central values of the competition—collaboration and the pursuit of truth, rather than, say, combativeness or belittling rhetoric?


Full Scoring Criteria   Sample Score Sheet




For a full account of all NHSEB procedures and guidelines, see the NHSEB Rules Manual. Or, check out a full Ethics Bowl match in action, here.










Event Format and COVID-19 Protocols

As we all begin to return to a more normal way of operating in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Parr Center is excited to announce that the 2023 North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl will be conducted in-person, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, January 28, 2023. As ever, our highest priority remains the health and safety of our participants and their communities. To this end, we have adopted the policies detailed below for the 2023 event.




All participants (students, coaches/chaperones, and volunteers) will be asked to provide either proof of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered within 48 hours of the beginning of the event in Chapel Hill. This documentation can be submitted securely online in advance of check-in for participants, and should be presented at the time of check-in for any guests or spectators. Any documentation submitted for the purposes of compliance with this policy will be kept confidential, used only for the purposes of verifying compliance, and destroyed after the conclusion of the event. It will not be retained by the Parr Center for Ethics or UNC-CH.


COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots are freely and widely available to everyone age 5 and older across the United States. For more information about safe and effective COVID-19 vaccinations, or to schedule an appointment at a location near you, please visit COVID-19 testing is available throughout the Research Triangle area, including at many clinics and pharmacies, as well as a drive-thru testing site near UNC’s Chapel Hill Campus. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services maintains a searchable listing of testing sites. There are also no-cost community testing events across the state. Finally, participants may also request a free at-home test kit from LabCorp, and can submit proof of a negative at-home test to satisfy NCHSEB’s attestation requirement.



Per UNC policy and current CDC recommendations, participants, staff, and attendees at the 2023 North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl are encouraged, but not required to wear face coverings on campus. If you feel more comfortable still wearing a mask, you are free to do so. There are many reasons why a person may decide to continue to wear a mask, and we respect that choice.




Participating Schools (2022-2023)

Carolina Friends School (Durham, NC)
Currituck County High School (Barco, NC)
Chapel Hill High School (Chapel Hill, NC)
Durham School of the Arts (Durham, NC)
East Chapel Hill High School (Chapel Hill, NC)
Eastern Alamance High School (Mebane, NC)
Garner Magnet High School (Garner, NC)
Greenfield School (Wilson, NC)
High Point Central High School (High Point, NC)
School for Creative Studies (Durham, NC)
Southern Wake Academy (Holly Springs, NC)
The Early College of Forsyth (Winston-Salem, NC)
Walter M. Williams High School (Burlington, NC)
Woods Charter School (Chapel Hill, NC)


Register your school here




General Itinerary for January 28, 2023

8:00-8:30AM Continental Breakfast and Team Registration
8:00-8:45AM Onsite Judge Training / Onsite Moderator Check-In
8:30-8:45AM Welcome Remarks for Teams
9:00-10:05AM Preliminary Round 1
10:20-11:25AM Preliminary Round 2
11:40-12:45PM Preliminary Round 3
12:45-1:45PM Lunch Break
2:00-3:05PM Preliminary Round 4
3:20-3:40PM Elimination Announcement
4:00-5:05PM Semifinal Round
5:15-6:20PM Final Round
6:20-6:50PM Awards Ceremony


All locations are TBA. More details are forthcoming in late 2022. 










Team Registration

All teams participating in the North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl must register with NHSEB HQ each season, and pay a yearly registration fee. The registration fee for 2022-2023 is $125, if schools register before December 1, 2022. After December 1, fees will increase to $175. The Parr Center for Ethics is committed to ensuring that no students are prevented from participating because of financial need. Therefore, financial assistance and/or fee waivers are available for teams who qualify. For more information or to request a fee waiver, please contact us at


For now, each school may register one team, and invitations will be extended for secondary teams later in the Fall, after an initial registration period.


Team Registration




Forms Required for Competition

The following three forms are required for all participants and schools. Please complete these forms by January 16, 2023. You may direct any questions or concerns about team forms to the Parr Center’s Administrator, Juliana Hemela (



ROSTER SUBMISSION  (One per team; Online)

Each coach should fill out our Roster Submission Form in advance of the event. 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 and their date of birth so that we may register them as program participants with UNC’s Office for the Protection of Minors. Emails included in this form will be used to register participants for the NHSEBOne competition platform, and all registered participants will receive automated invitations at their address as indicated here. 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  (One per team; via Email)

This form should be completed by the team’s high school administration (principal/vice-principal/headmaster/dean) and returned via email to Juliana Hemela. 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 North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl. A coach may fill out the information on the form, but the signature needs to be from a school administrator.



Every student participating in the NCHSEB must complete this standard permission form for UNC-based events. Students who are 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.


COVID-19 ATTESTATION FORM (One per participant; Online—COMING SOON)

To protect the health and safety of NHSEB participants, all parties participating in the NCHSEB event (students, coaches, volunteers, and spectators) must complete this form to attest to their COVID-19 vaccination/testing status, as well as to their compliance with directed COVID-19 protocols while on the UNC Campus. Participants who are under the age of 18 will need a parent or guardian’s signature.




Eat Like a Local: Recommendations from Parr Heels

While breakfast and lunch will be provided to all participants in the NCHSEB, you’ll have a chance to explore Chapel Hill on your own for dinner while you’re here. To help out, we’ve asked our Parr Heel Ethics Fellows to curate a list of their favorite local spots:


Alpine Bagel
209 South Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514

No college campus is complete without a bagel place! Alpine Bagel is central to UNC campus life, both physically and in spirit, as it is located within the Student Union next to the Pit and the Student Store. A daily stop for many UNC students, Alpine Bagel has every kind of bagel imaginable, which can be ordered plain or as a part of one of their many bagelwich options.


Cosmic Cantina
128 E Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Cosmic is a favorite of Chapel Hill students for three reasons: it is open very late, it is extremely cheap, and it is very nearly on campus. This restaurant lacks ambiance but makes up for it with tasty Mexican food served late. Favorites include the quesadillas, mini burritos (which are sufficient for a light meal) and the chips and queso. Cosmic offers a variety of vegan and vegetarian options and is best for take-out and a quick meal. I go here at least once a week, often after a night out with friends. One of my friends recently graduated and moved to New York City and says he misses Cosmic more than anything else in North Carolina except for his dog.


Cham Thai
370 E Main St STE 190, Carrboro, NC 27516

Cham Thai boasts a warm and welcoming environment in downtown Carrboro. This means it’s not too close to campus, but is only a 3 minute car ride or 7 minute bus ride away. Their curries and noodle dishes are exceptional, but take their heat warnings seriously. The “medium” rated curries are quite spicy, and this is from someone who can handle their heat! Their spring rolls are very tasty. Ask for a side of their pepper sauce, which is tangy, spicy, and sweet and goes very well on their pad thai. Their lunch specials are cheap and their portions are generous; this is a great spot for lunch or dinner, but be aware: they close early (8:30pm) and are closed on Tuesdays.


Que Chula
140 W Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Que Chula, while a newer addition to Franklin Street, has proved to be a main staple for both locals and UNC students. The colorful decor, welcoming staff, and delicious food all serve to make for satisfied patrons. While I personally would recommend the ACP (Arroz con Pollo), you can’t go wrong with their tacos. For those of you over the age of 21, Que Chula also hosts a number of tasty cocktails.


Pho Happiness
508A W Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Located further down Franklin Street towards Carborro, Pho Happiness is a great and affordable spot to grab a hot and soothing bowl of pho. The walls of the restaurant are lined with quirky pho-n puns, and the menu carries some non-traditional pho options such as curry pho, for those looking to step out of their comfort zone. Feel free to try some bubble tea while you’re there!


203 E Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Ask any UNC student – Linda’s is one of the best spots for food when you’re craving something later in the night. The vibes are incredible and food is even better – grab some loaded fries, or a Linda’s combo basket, for when you need a pick-me-up. Serving classic American food and “drunchies” all day until 11pm, Linda’s is a must-visit for anyone in Chapel Hill. As a bonus – time your visit right and you might come across the owner’s handsome and friendly dog!


107 N Columbia St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Buns has the most creative array of meat and plant-based burgers! You can also get some delicious sweet potato fries! The interior has the vibe of a cozy diner. I would recommend grabbing a counter seat near the window for the full effect.


Dame’s Chicken and Waffles
147 E Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514

If you’re looking to support a Black-owned business (or just looking to get an AMAZING meal), head over to Dame’s! The inside has a cute, homey feel with New Orleans jazz posters and music heightening the southern ambiance. Not to mention, the staff are probably the kindest people you’ll ever meet! For those plant-based folks, Dame’s has an incredible vegan waffle and plant-based chik’n. It’s a little pricier than some other places in Franklin, but worth the cost in both taste and how filling it is. P.S. According to the staff, the vegan waffle is the best thing on the menu—it’s made with applesauce and soy milk, making it super thick, fluffy, and sweet!


109 E Franklin St.

Epilogue is an independent bookstore and coffee shop with lots of snacks like chocolate, churros, and pastries. Their horchata and coffee is amazing, particularly their mochas and flavored syrups made in-house, which include the popular flavors blueberry lavender, Mayan spice, and dulce jalapeño. I recommend an orange peppercorn mocha if the syrup is in season! This is a good place for first dates, snacks, and chats with friends surrounded by a bright and bustling environment filled with books, the heavenly smell of melting chocolate and coffee, and half the UNC student body. Never fear, the line moves quickly despite their usual busyness!


YoPo (Yogurt Pump)
106 W Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514

This place is a literal hole in the wall. Tucked against the corner of N.Y. Pizza, they have a great selection of frozen yogurt and sorbet. On top of that, they frequently have topping discounts or size upgrade deals.


Insomnia Cookies
145 E Franklin St.

A classic among college students and campuses everywhere, Insomnia Cookies is the go-to for UNC students for warm, freshly baked cookies delivered anywhere on campus at 2am. Favorites include chocolate peanut butter cookies (with full peanut butter cups inside!), snickerdoodles, and red velvet cookies.












The North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl 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 constructive moral discussion for the best and brightest high school students from across North Carolina. 


As a Judge, you will play a crucial role in helping students reason ethically about a wide variety of challenging issues 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.


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).



Volunteer Interest Form



Judge Resources

You can use these resources to prepare for your role as a Judge at the NCHSEB. They include a playlist of training videos compiled by the Parr Center team, our JudgeKit package from NHSEBAcademy (which includes our official Rules Manual and plenty of other helpful resources to help you acclimate to the role), our criteria for scoring, and a sample score sheet. Note that scoring for this year’s event will be handled by the (now mobile-optimized) NHSEBOne competition platform, and you can watch the walkthrough below to learn more about the platform’s scoring interface. You can view the 2022-2023 Regional Case Set here.



NHSEBAcademy JudgeKit  Scoring Criteria  Sample Score Sheet



Moderator Resources

You can use these resources to prepare for your role as a Moderator at the NCHSEB. They include a sample Moderator Script and our 2022-2023 Rules Manual. Note that match administration features for this year’s F2F event will be handled by the (now mobile-optimized) NHSEBOne competition platform. You can watch the walkthrough below to learn more about the platform’s moderator interface. Additional training resources including a live training session with Parr Center staff will be made available in early 2023. Case pairings and questions will be shared with all Moderators confidentially when the competition begins.



Sample Moderator Script  2022-2023 Rules Manual











As a qualifying Regional Competition of the National High School Ethics Bowl program, the NCHSEB makes use of the same format, cases, and rules as the NHSEB. The 2022-2023 NHSEB Rules Manual and Regional Case Set are available below. Please review both of these documents in preparation for the 2023 North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl.



NHSEB Rules Manual   2022-2023 Regional Cases





For resources to aid in preparing for the 2023 NCHSEB, please visit NHSEBAcademy: an online space for learning about and around the National High School Ethics Bowl. There, you’ll find a library of static resources in various formats (print, graphic, etc.), a growing collection of informational and instructional videos produced and curated by NHSEB HQ, opportunities for live, on-demand coaching assistance or practice scrimmages with UNC-based Ethics Bowl coaches via our Studio Hours initiative, and an annual series of events for NHSEB students, coaches, and community members: NHSEBAcademy Live. If you would like to take advantage of coaching assistance, but are unable to book appointments via NHSEBAcademy Studio, please contact us at, and we’d be happy to assist you in finding a time for site visits (F2F or virtual) with a UNC-based volunteer.











The North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl would not be possible without our partners and sponsors. If you are interested in giving to the NCHSEB or inquiring about other opportunities for support, please contact the Parr Center for Ethics or call (919) 843-5641.