The National High School Ethics Bowl (NHSEB) promotes respectful, supportive, and rigorous discussion of ethics among high school students nationwide.

High School 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 ethical cases and responding to questions and comments from the other team and 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 NHSEB surveys shows that this event teaches and promotes ethical awareness, critical thinking, civil discourse, civic engagement, and an appreciation for multiple points of view.

Each Fall, the NHSEB releases a set of cases covering a broad range of issues, which then serve as the focus for the year. Teams meet together regularly, with a coach, to research the cases, to discuss the issues they raise, and to identify clearly how they think those issues should be addressed.  Wrapped around this work is a model for the competitions that reward students for the depth of their thought, their ability to think carefully and analytically about complex issues, and the respect they show to the diverse perspectives of their peers. As a result, the NHSEB cultivates the virtues central to democratic citizenship, and prepares students to navigate challenging moral issues in a systematic and open-minded way.

In the 2016-2017 season, the NHSEB anticipated 3,900 high school students spending the year studying cases, discussing important ethical issues, and learning how to think fruitfully about morally complex situations. The competition expanded to five new states and created six new regional competitions: Colorado, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tyler (Texas), Southern Appalachia, and Washington State.

Regional High School Ethics Bowl Competitions

Regional High School Ethics Bowl Competitions also known as “regionals” or “regional bowls” are run under the auspices of the NHSEB and found across North America. Teams are required to participate in a Regional closest to their high school’s geographical area. For more information about a regional bowl, please contact the organizer(s) listed.

The 2016-2017 NHSEB season began September 1, 2016 and concluded February 5, 2017. The Nationals will take place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on April 8-9, 2017.

2017 Oklahoma Region High School Ethics Bowl Winner                                                                                 Dove Science Academy - team Scientists

2017 Oklahoma Region High School Ethics Bowl Winner                                                                                 Dove Science Academy - team Scientists

Congratulations to Dove science academy!

A successful first Oklahoma Region High School Ethics Bowl held at the University of Oklahoma yielded the following results:

1st Place - Dove Science Academy- team Scientists

2nd Place - Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics - team Wee Wizards

3rd Place - OkNorman North High School - team Black

The first Oklahoma Region High School Ethics Bowl is modeled after the National High School Ethics Bowl (NHSEB) competition.  It serves as a campus outreach opportunity for the SEED Foundation to promote and teach integrity and ethics education to high school students across the state.  All public and private institutions and home-school cooperatives are eligible to participate and compete, simply by making contact with the event coordinator, registering the institution with the NHSEB and registering teams with the Oklahoma coordinator!  A total of eight high schools competed in the first regional competition, fielding a total of sixteen teams.  Participating institutions were:

Ada High School; Christian Heritage Academy; Dove Science Academy; John Marshall High School; John Marshall Mid-High School; Mercy School Institute; Norman North High School; Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics and Star-Spencer High School.

As the winner of the Oklahoma Region, Dove Science Academy, team Scientists will compete in the national competition against twenty-four other high schools from across the nation in April at UNC-Chapel Hill, NC.

Oklahoma Region High School Ethics Bowl * January 20, 2018 (Date TBD)

SEED Foundation / Host University Location TBD

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Sponsored by Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma