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Middle school students throughout Oregon have entered the inaugural Oregon Civics Bee. Presented by the Oregon Business & Industry Research and Education Foundation, this competition gives students a chance to share their ideas for improving their communities and show their enthusiasm for civics. Participants will have a chance to win cash prizes ranging from $500 to $1,000.

“Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders,” said OBI President and CEO Angela Wilhelms. “Civics education and engagement are critical to an informed citizenry and healthy democracy, all of which underpins a prosperous economic future. Engaging middle school students in a fun, engaging and rewarding opportunity is one small way OBI can help with education and awareness.”

The Oregon Civics Bee is part of U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s National Civics Bee. The winner of the Oregon Civics Bee will be invited to participate in the national round of the competition in Washington, D.C. Participants in the national competition will have a chance to win cash prizes ranging from $5,000 to $10,000.

Participating 6th, 7th and 8th graders have identified a problem in their community and written a 500-word essay about how they would address it. The deadline for essays passed March 4.

A panel of judges will review the essays and choose 20 students to participate in the Oregon Civics Bee finale on May 30, 2024, in Willamette University’s Hudson Hall. The live competition will include a quiz-style round and, for three finalists, a chance to make the case for their essay in front of a panel of judges.

Additional information for students, parents and teachers can be found on the Oregon Civics Bee website.

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