National Civics Bee

Chamber Programs & Events

2024 National Civics Bee

Empowering Youth To Harness The Power Of Their Voices And Be Involved Citizens

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Calling all middle-school students! Share your ideas and show off your citizenship skills in the 2024 National Civics Bee

Why Civics?

The Chamber believes informed and active citizens make for a strong country, a strong economy and a strong workforce, and that our continued prosperity depends on the strength of all three. The National Civics Bee is a way to promote greater civics knowledge and civic participation across the country, and to energize our community with a celebration of civic pride.


Each finalist will receive a certificate. The 20 winners of the essay contest will all receive a tablet to use during the Civics Bee event and get to take home to keep. In addition: 

  • The First Place Winner will receive a $1000 cash prize.
  • The Second Place Winner will receive a $500 cash prize.
  • The Third Place Winner will receive a $250 cash prize.

Please email Melissa Brown, Director of Public Relations and Branding, at with any questions.

Thank you and good luck!

About the Bee

The Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and many chambers of commerce across Pennsylvania to host a statewide
civics competition. The 2024 National Civics Bee encourages young Americans in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade to
engage in civics and contribute to their communities.

The competition, modeled on traditional spelling and geography bees, gives students the chance to win recognition and earn cash prizes by sharing ideas for improving their communities and showing their enthusiasm for civics.

The winner of the National Civics Bee PA State Finals will be invited to Washington, DC to compete in the inaugural National Civics Bee national
championship in Fall 2024

How to Enter

If you are a middle-school student with an idea about using civics to solve a problem in your community, review the rules and guidelines on this page:

Rules, Guidelines, and Submissions 

Complete the submission form, including contact information for your parent or guardian, and submit your 500-word essay for consideration.

Deadline: Submit your essay by 11: 59 p.m. on February 19, 2024

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Student & Parent Guide

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Teacher Guide

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