Calling all middle school students!
Share your ideas and flex your civics knowledge in the National Civics Bee
About the Bee
The St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to host a first-of- its-kind civics competition that encourages young Americans to engage in civics and contribute to their communities. Participating 6th, 7th and 8th graders will flex their civics knowledge for a chance to win recognition and cash prizes. Finalists will be invited to Washington, DC to compete in the inaugural National Civics Bee national championship in Fall 2024.
- Students enter the Bee by submitting a 500-word essay.
- 20 finalists are selected to participate in a 90-minute live and in-person event featuring two rounds of civics quiz questions followed by a Q&A with ~3 judges.
- Three finalists from the live event will advance to the Maryland State competition
- One finalist from the Maryland State competition will advance to the national US Chamber competition in Washington, DC.
1st place: $500 cash
2nd place: $250
3rd place: $125
How to Enter
Any 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student residing in Maryland with an idea about using civics to improve their community may review the rules and submit an essay application on this page: https://my.reviewr.com/NationalCivicsBee/site/MD/SMCChamber.
Essay Submissions Accepted: November 13, 2023 through January 8, 2024 [the portal closes at midnight]
Essays Judged: January 9, 2024 through February 9th, 2024 [Finalists notified by February 15th]
Local Live Bee Competition: March 2nd @ St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Cole Cinema
State Live Bee Competition: Between May 1, 2024 through August 30, 2024 [to be scheduled]
The St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce is participating in the non-partisan National Civics Bee because we believe that 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. Through the Bee, we are promoting greater civic knowledge in Maryland and celebrating our civic pride.
Live Event Info
Live Bee Competition – Saturday, March 2, 2024, 10 am
Cole Cinema, Center for the Study of Democracy, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 47645 College Dr, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686
Are you interested in showcasing your company’s commitment to developing active and engaged citizens?
If you have any questions or need additional information, or for information about sponsorships, please contact Dr. Christine Bergmark, CEO/President or Nancy Montano at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-737-3001.