Greater Vancouver Chamber Launches National Civics Bee
GREATER VANCOUVER CHAMBER LAUNCHES NATIONAL CIVICS BEE
This competition will give middle school students the opportunity to become better informed about American democracy and test their civics knowledge for a chance to win recognition and cash prizes.
Vancouver, WA- The Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC) proudly announces the launch of 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, and supported by Career Connect Southwest – ESD 112, the competition will inspire middle school age youth in the southwest Washington region to become better informed about local, federal and state governments, a knowledge-set that can give employees a leg up in the job market.
All local 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are invited to participate in the first round of the contest, consisting of a short 500-word essay competition. The essay will give the students the chance to identify an opportunity or problem in their community and share their thoughts and ideas on how to solve it. The submission period will be from Saturday, January 14, to Friday, February 24, 2023.
After a panel of judges, formed by business and community leaders, review the essay submissions, the top 20 students will be selected to move on to the final round of the local competition: a live quiz event to test their civics knowledge. The finalists and top winners will receive various prizes, including $500 cash for the first-place student, $250 for the second place, and $125 for the third place.
“We believe at the Greater Vancouver Chamber that building community takes all of us! When children learn about their rights and responsibilities as citizens, they become more aware of the impact that businesses and government policies have on their communities. This understanding can lead to more informed and active consumers, which can help to create a more stable and prosperous economy. Our business community relies on active professionals to make for a strong economy, and a strong workforce, and our region’s continued prosperity depends on both,” said Janet Kenefsky, Vice President of Operations for the Chamber.
The live quiz event will take place in mid-April 2023, hosted by Washington State University Vancouver. The top three winners from southwest Washington will advance to the state competition to be held in June 1st, 2023.
The Greater Vancouver Chamber encourages middle school students, parents, mentors, teachers and nonprofit organizations working with kids to visit VancouverUSA.com/Nationalcivicsbee/ for more information on the essay topic, competition rules and prices, and for students to submit essays.
Business leaders interested in sponsoring this event, can email the Greater Vancouver Chamber at email@example.com.
About the National Civics Bee
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, local middle school students will participate in an essay competition. Judges will then select 20 finalists to participate in our local competition: a live quiz event testing civics knowledge. The top three students from each local competition will advance to the state competition.
About the Greater Vancouver Chamber
SW Washington’s largest business organization, the Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC), with nearly 1000 members, has been Moving Business Forward in southwest Washington for over 130 years through business advocacy, community building, education, and creating visibility for our members. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals, and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The GVC is the heart of Clark County’s business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate and prosperity for all. For more information, please visit VancouverUSA.com.
Janet Kenefsky, Greater Vancouver Chamber
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