National Civics Bee
Calling all middle school students! Are you a 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student with an idea about using civics to solve a problem in your community? Share your ideas and win cash prizes.
The National Civics Bee is an annual competition that encourages young Americans to engage in civics and contribute to their communities. In the first round of the contest, students will participate in an essay competition. Judges will then select 20 finalists to participate in the final round: a live event testing civics knowledge.
The Spokane region Civics Bee is presented by STCU – Here for Good Foundation.
How to Enter - Deadline by February 19, 11:59 PM PST
It’s easy to participate! If you are a middle school student, submit your 500-word (about two or three paragraphs) essay by clicking on the button or learn more about the essay and judging criteria below.
Identify a problem facing your community. How might a citizen solve the problem? Write a 500-word maximum essay that includes the following:
Your essay will be evaluated based on how well you demonstrate an understanding of civics, acknowledge and address opposing points of view, use primary sources, and describe an idea innovative or new to you.
Student and Parent Handbook
This year’s National Civics Bee asks you how you can make a difference in your community. Check out the student and parent handbook to get more essay writing guidance and to learn about founding principles.
View the Handbook.
Why are we a Civics Bee partner?
GSI is a Civics Bee partner 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 throughout the Spokane region and Washington State.