Civics Bee

Chamber Programs & Events

2023 National Civics Bee

Calling all middle-school students! Share your ideas and show off your citizenship skills in the 2023 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. 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 Felicia Hetzman, VP of marketing and communications, at with any questions.

Thank you and good luck!

About the Bee

Centre County’s Civics Bee, hosted by the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County, is one of many pilot National Civics Bee competitions promoted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

​Middle-school students from throughout Centre County will participate in a first-round essay competition. Judges will then select 20 essays to go to the final round: a live quiz event testing civics knowledge to be held on April 17 in Centre County.

​Winners will be recognized in their communities and receive prizes.

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:

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 Feb. 24, 2023