National Civics Bee 2024 in Erie

The Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership hosted the 2024 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, the competition in Erie, PA inspires middle schoolers to become better informed about American democracy, to engage respectfully and constructively in the community, and to build greater trust in others and institutions.

Over 80 middle school students from public, private, charter, and home schools submitted essays. Twenty-three students were selected for the next round of competition: the live quiz event to test their civics knowledge. The finalists and top winners will receive various prizes and a chance to compete at the state and national competitions.

“More and more today civics education is critical for our country and the Erie Regional Chamber is proud to be the local host,” said James Grunke, President and CEO of the Chamber. Pennsylvania is one of 27 states participating in the initiative sponsored by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation and The Civil Trust.

“The importance of today’s students having a grasp and understanding of civics education and how our Democracy should function cannot be overstated because they will be the ones to take the baton and advance our society to the next level,” said Curtis Jones Jr., Director of Government Affairs at Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership.

The Civics Bee hosted by the Erie Regional Chamber took place Wednesday, March 27th  from 5pm – 7:30pm at Mercyhurt University’s Walker Recital Hall. Returning champion Tristan H. secured the top spot at this year’s competition and will be moving on to the next round for the state competition in Harrisburg later this summer. He’ll be joined by fellow contestants Mariya H. and Casey A., who finished in second and third place respectively.

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