National Civics Bee

About the Bee

The Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce Civics Bee is one of many pilot National Civics Bee competitions promoted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. At least 1,000 local middle school students will participate in a first-round essay competition. Judges will select 20 to go to the final round: a live quiz event testing civics knowledge. Winners will be recognized in their communities and receive prizes.

How to Enter

Any 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student residing in Kansas with an idea about using civics to improve their community may review the rules and submit an essay application HERE.
The application opens November 13, 2023, and closes on January 22, 2024. 

Additional Info

Why Civics?

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. 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.

Live Event Info

April 17, 2023 from 12:00 - 5:00 PM     |     Stringer Fine Arts Center, 1300 N Plum

Each finalist will receive a certificate. In addition:

  • The First Place Winner will receive a $500 cash prize
  • The Second Place Winner will receive a $250 cash prize
  • The Third Place Winner will receive a $125 cash prize

Sponsorship Opportunities

Are you interested in showcasing your company's commitment to developing active and engaged citizens? For information about available corporate sponsorships, please contact Ashley Scarborough.  

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Ashley Scarborough.