As Coordinator for the Virginia High School Ethics Bowl, I invite you to consider coaching an Ethics Bowl team from your school to participate in the Virginia High School Ethics Bowl National Qualifying Event.  Registration is open to a maximum of ten teams this year, and the Virginia High School Ethics Bowl proudly welcomes teams of 9-12 grade students from public and independent schools. The tournament will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2021 in partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of Philosophy.

The Virginia High School Ethics Bowl is an annual qualifying event for the National High School Ethics Bowl, to be held at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill through their Parr Center for Ethics.  

This year, The Parr Center for Ethics at UNC Chapel Hill, who oversees the National High School Ethics Bowl, is committed to bringing the National High School Ethics Bowl experience to students around the country, even with the challenges presented by COVID-19 and spent last year reworking the national structure to accommodate the needs of regional competitions in this COVID-19 era.  

In part, that means that they invested heavily in the creation of National High School Ethics Bowl app that serves as an all-inclusive digital platform, allowing Zoom-based competition that recreates the format of the Bowl - including the cases popping up on screen for all to see, places for students to take notes on screen, timed sessions for each part of competition, automated breakout rooms, places to enter judges' scoring, and all other necessary aspects of competition.  All this would be populated based on the number of participating schools and corresponding necessary judges and moderators. 

In case you are not familiar with Ethics Bowls, here is a basic explanation: 
 
Student teams will compete by presenting a position in response to questions about real-world cases, with a heavy emphasis on the intersection of ethics with economics and public policy decision making. The teams will articulate and defend their positions, thinking through the issues and giving special attention to the moral aspects of the case. The competition in the Ethics Bowl lies solely in how clearly and wisely a team can state its position; unlike a traditional debate, the purpose is clarity of thought - reasonableness over mere rhetoric.  The final round will include the two teams who have emerged out of competing in our previous rounds of competition.

We are very pleased to be hosting the eighth annual National Qualifying Event in Virginia, and we hope you'll join us.  Times for the event will be determined based on the number of participating schools, as it's a tournament.  

Thank you for your interest, 

Rhiannon Boyd
Virginia High School Ethics Bowl Coordinator
rhiannon_boyd@collegiate-va.org

About the Virginia High School Ethics Bowl

Citizenship requires engaging in the problems of our local and global communities through discourse and compassionately yet critically assessing reasons for action. By serving as the statewide coordinators and host for the annual Virginia High School Ethics Bowl, Collegiate School maintains its commitment to ethics education and civic engagement, connecting students with their peers to consider in collaboration how we ought to live.

About the National High School Ethics Bowl

Organized by The Parr Center for Ethics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the National High School Ethics Bowl is a competitive yet collaborative event in which students discuss real-life ethical issues.  It promotes ethical awareness, critical thinking, civil discourse, civic engagement, and an appreciation for multiple points of view.

"NHSEB’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."

To learn more about the National High School Ethics Bowl, review cases and resources for this year's competition, please visit http://nhseb.unc.edu/resources/.  Commonly used materials are available below for download. 

National High School Ethics Bowl

Welcome!

My name is Rhiannon Boyd, and I am Director of JK-12 Capstones at Collegiate School as well as the Coordinator for the Virginia High School Ethics Bowl. I invite you to consider coaching an Ethics Bowl team from your school to participate in the Virginia High School Ethics Bowl National Qualifying Event. The tournament will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2021, but the format is to be determined. PLEASE REGISTER HERE.

Given the uncertainties associated with Covid-19 and the emerging variants, we are tentatively planning for a virtual competition again so as to ensure that teams are not discouraged from participating due to safety, travel and lodging concerns. That said, I am seeking your interest level in the different possibilities, and a final decision regarding format will be made on November 1.

When

Eighth Annual
Virginia High School Ethics Bowl
Saturday, December 4, 2021

Where

For In-Person Competition Years:
The Sharp Academic Commons
Collegiate School
103 N. Mooreland Road
Richmond VA 23229
The Virginia High School Ethics Bowl is a qualifying event for the National High School Ethics Bowl, to be held at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill through their Parr Center for Ethics.  

Registration is open to a maximum of ten teams for this year.  Schools must register both with the Virginia High School Ethics Bowl and the National High School Ethics Bowl in order to compete in the regional event.

The Virginia High School Ethics Bowl, in collaboration with VCU's Department of Philosophy, proudly welcomes teams of 9-12 grade students from public and independent schools.