Kentucky Civics Bee

Kentucky Civics Bee

Kentucky has been chosen as one of two states by the U. S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to participate in their National Civics bee competition. The Kentucky Civics Bee initiative celebrates civics through a fun competition for middle school students that will help build enthusiasm for civics across the country.

Calling all middle school students! Enter the Kentucky Civics Bee to share ideas for improving your community and to show off your citizenship skills.
The first step is to submit an essay below. A panel of judges will review the essays, and select 10 finalists. Finalists will compete in a live Civics Bee competition for cash prizes and recognition for their school.

Kentucky Civics Bee Essay Prompt

Identify a problem facing your community. How might a citizen solve the problem? Write a 500-word essay that includes the following:

  • What is the problem, and how do different members in your community or neighborhood view it?
  • What civic principles or systems could help to address the problem?
  • What is your idea or recommendation for solving the problem?
  • What primary sources, such as X, Y, or Z, provide supporting evidence or examples for your idea or recommendation?
  • How might members of your community or neighborhood bring your idea or recommendation to life?

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 clearly describe an idea innovative or new to you. You can find inspiration in our Civics Bee Study Guide.

Submit your essay here! - Link Coming Soon!

All essays must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on March15, 2022 to be considered. Please review all rules and eligibility requirements before submitting.

You will know your essay has been successfully submitted when you see your completion certificate after pressing “SEND”. Finalists will be notified by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Foundation by April 15, 2022 via email. Please email [email protected] with any questions.


Students will be motivated to compete for attractive prizes that will further their education and benefit a purpose or local initiative they care about. The most priceless prize? The Civics Bee aspires to more robust civic participation, improved trust in local institutions, and an appreciation for our roles, rights, and responsibilities.