Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County Hosts 2023 National Civics Bee

The Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, hosted the 2023 National Civics Bee on April 17 at the Eric J. Barron Innovation Hub in State College.

The Bee is a statewide initiative to encourage middle-school students to showcase and grow their understanding of, and appreciation for, the rights and duties of American citizenship.

Five other local chambers from across Pennsylvania are also engaged with the Bee. Middle-school students from across Centre County were invited by the Chamber to write essays about how they would use their knowledge of civics to solve a problem facing their communities. Twenty students advanced to the live-quiz event and competed in two rounds of multiple-choice questions about the Constitution, the branches of government and more.

Five finalists then answered questions about their essays from a panel of judges comprised of state Rep. Paul Takac (D-82nd District), state Sen. Cris Dush (R-25th District) and U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-15th District), Carolyn Donaldson of Kish Bank, and Charima Young of Penn State.

David Price of the Rock Institute at Penn State served as emcee.

​The Torron Group was the sponsor of the Civics Bee.

Katie Tyworth, an eighth grader at Mount Nittany Middle School in State College, won first place and a $1,000 cash prize. Sol Lee, also a student at Mount Nittany Middle School, took home the second-place cash prize of $500, and Starlyn Gearhart of Philipsburg-Osceola Middle School walked away with a third place trophy and a $250 cash prize.

​All three students now have the opportunity to represent Centre County at the statewide National Civics Bee to be held in Harrisburg in June.

Grand-Opening Celebration of Stuckey Mitsubishi Super Centre

Stuckey Automotive, the largest and fastest-growing automotive group in Central Pennsylvania, recently relocated its Stuckey Mitsubishi dealership from 150 Shiloh Road to 3400 East College Avenue, the former headquarters of the Centre Daily Times, in State College. The group also publicized that the dealership will be known as the Stuckey Mitsubishi Super Centre.

The dealership hosted a Chamber Business After Hours event and ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening and to showcase its brand-new state-of-the-art sales and service operations.

The 40,000 square-foot building has been transformed into a stunning facility featuring a vast showroom with industrial finishes, conference rooms, employee areas, and a cutting-edge service center equipped with 13 two-post vehicle lifts, an alignment lift, and an onsite car wash. Stuckey Mitsubishi prioritized working with locally owned businesses throughout the renovation process.

“Stuckey Automotive’s collaboration with local businesses throughout the project showcases the importance of supporting one another and the company’s commitment to fostering growth and opportunity in our region,” said Greg Scott, president & CEO, Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County. “The Chamber is proud to call Stuckey Automotive a member, and we look forward to their continued success in Centre County.”

“We purchased the Centre Daily Times building in the summer of 2021 and started construction the following March. Throughout the highs and lows of construction, one date kept us going – April 20, 2023, the date we planned to host the Chamber’s Business After Hours event and the grand opening of the Stuckey Mitsubishi Super Centre,” added Matt Stuckey, president, Stuckey Automotive. “The Centre County business community has embraced our team and this project from the beginning. We’re overwhelmed by the compliments and heartfelt support.”

Stuckey Mitsubishi Super Centre’s service center operates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sales center, which offers an extensive inventory of new and used Mitsubishi models, as well as preowned vehicles, is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To learn more about Stuckey Mitsubishi Super Center, visit