Kentucky Civics Bee


About the Bee

The Kentucky Chamber Foundation is excited to participate in the 2023 National Civics Bee competitions promoted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The National Civics Bee is the civics literacy program of The Civic Trust, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation initiative to promote greater civic knowledge and civic participation across the country. 


Middle school students will submit essays to their local chamber between January 13th and February 24, 2023. Each local Civics Bee will invite the top 20 essayists to participate in a live quiz competition consisting of two rounds of multiple-choice questions and a round in which students will answer questions about their essays in front of a live panel of judges. The winners will compete for a chance to win a cash prize. The top three finalists from each local competition will compete at the Kentucky Civics Bee for the chance of an increased cash prize.

Find the Local Bee Near You!

Participating Local Chambers:

  • Northern Kentucky Chamber 
  • Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber
  • Southeast Kentucky Chamber 
  • London-Laurel County Chamber
  • Campbellsville-Taylor County Chamber
  • Paducah Area Chamber


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Contest Rules

The National Civics Bee Official Contest Rules govern the competition to ensure fairness and integrity. They are customized to include the name, address, and end date (including time zone) of each local chamber partner. Otherwise, the Contest Rules must not be modified in any way. As you review the Official Contest Rules
in their entirety on the following pages, please note the following eligibility

  • Any student registered in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in a public, private, or home school is eligible to participate
  • Students may only apply to one competition, and it must be in their state of residence
  • All entries must be in English
  • If a student participated in a previous National Civics Bee, they must submit a new, unique entry
  • Any student related to (or living with) Chamber staff, leadership, Board of Directors, or any student who is related to any partners/co-Sponsors of the National Civics Bee is not eligible (to prevent any perception of bias, preferentialism, or discrimination)

In addition, please note the following requirements related to documentation and data storage:

  • Parents/Guardians of the selected Finalists must submit an eligibility validation and consent form for their child to participate in Local and State Events
  • Tax Payer ID is not required to participate in the Bee, but it is required to receive the cash prizes (and any other prizes where the parent/guardian might be responsible to pay taxes)
  • If a parent asks for their child’s data to be removed or deleted, they must contact [email protected] and the Local Competition Partner must inform USCCF

Refer to the following Official Contest Rules for all requirements.

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