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Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry is partnering with the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and Chester County Intermediate Unit to host a regional Civics Bee, as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s National Civics Bee competition.

Middle school students from across our county are invited to take part in the first-round civics essay competition. A cross-section of community leaders (including government officials, business leaders and educators) will review each of the 500-word essay submissions.

The top 20 students will be selected to move on to the final round of competition: a live quiz event to test their civics knowledge.

The finalists and top winners will receive various prizes, including $1,000 cash for the first-place student. The top 3 winners will then have a chance to compete at the State level.

The essay topic is: Identify a problem, challenge, or opportunity in your local community. What can you do to contribute to its improvement based on Founding principles and civic virtues?

Important Dates:

January 13 - Student essay submission opens
February 24 - Deadline for submissions
April 15 - Regional competition

The Regional Competition on April 15th begins at 10:00 a.m. at
Chester County Intermediate Unit
455 Boot Road
Downingtown PA, 19335


Celebrity guest judges for the regional competition include:

PA State Representative John Lawrence

Michael Hartman, Chief of Staff, Senator Carolyn Comitta

Chester County Commissioners Josh Maxwell, Michelle Kichline, and Marian Moskowitz

...and more to be announced!


Thanks to our awesome technology sponsor, Benchmark Federal Credit Union, each of the 20 finalists will receive a brand-new tablet to participate in the local competition and they will get to keep their tablet after the competition.

Local Prizes 

First Place: $1,000 cash prize

Second Place: $500 cash prize

Third Place: $250 cash prize


State Prizes 

First Place: $1,000 cash prize

Second Place: $500 cash prize

Third Place: $250 cash prize


If you would like to support your students, please refer to the various resources listed below, including a flyer, a student and parent guide, and more.

Civics Bee Student Flyer

Student and Parent Guide National Civics Bee 2022-23

Civics Bee FAQ for School Administrators

Curriculum Guide National Civics Bee 2022-23


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