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:
Essay submissions are now closed. We hope to see you next year!
Complete the submission form, including contact information for your parent or guardian, and submit your 500-word essay for consideration. The contest will take place on May 3rd, 2022.
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.
Each finalist will receive a trophy. In addition:
Albuquerque has been selected as one of six sites nationally to host an inaugural civics bee competition event for middle school students. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation intends to launch an annual, national civics bee competition, and they are piloting local competitions in six locations this year, working with local chambers of commerce like ours to serve as hosts and organizers. We’re excited to be leading this effort. Promoting civil discourse and rigorous civics education is so important to our kids’ future and the stability of American institutions and governance.
In the coming weeks, we’ll collect at least 100 essays from our students here in Albuquerque. Then, we’ll use selected business and community leaders as judges to score and rank them to move some of those students on for a live and in-person quiz-style competition with some special guests.
It’s exciting for us to be involved at the ground floor of what we expect will become a renowned, exciting national event each year. We’re looking forward to working with our local students, teachers, principals, and parents to help our community get excited about civics. We hope you’ll join us!