Attention Middle Schoolers: National Civics Bee Is Underway


The Greater Crofton Chamber of Commerce is launching the 2023 National Civics Bee, an initiative aimed at encouraging more young Americans to engage in civics and contribute to their communities.

Organized in partnership with the Civic Trust of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Anne Arundel County competition will inspire middle schoolers to become better informed about American democracy, to engage respectfully and constructively in the community, and to build greater trust in others and institutions.

Middle school students from public, private, charter and home schools are invited to take part in the first-round civics essay competition. After a panel reviews the 500-word essays, the top 20 students will be selected to advance to the final round of competition: a live quiz event to test their civics knowledge.

The Crofton Chamber of Commerce is scheduled to host the event on April 20 at the Michael E. Busch Library in Annapolis. The finalists and top winners will receive various prizes, including a $2,000 cash award for the first-place student.

“We are excited to launch the first Civics Bee event in Anne Arundel County,” said Clifton Harcum, executive director of the Greater Crofton Chamber of Commerce. “We welcome all middle-school age students to submit their civics essays as their entry consideration to the Civics Bee. There will be cash awards for the top three student finalists.”

In addition, the top three winners will advance to the Maryland State Civics Bee, where they will compete against other winning students from Frederick, Howard and Baltimore counties.

The deadline for student essay submissions is February 24.

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