Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Launches National Civics Bee

The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce 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, the competition in Fort Bend County will inspire 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.

Middle school students from public, private, charter and home schools are invited to take part in the first-round civics essay competition. After a distinguished panel reviews the 500-word essays, the top 20 students will be selected to move on to the final round of competition: a live quiz event to test their civics knowledge. The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce will host this event in April 2023 and more information including location will be announced soon. The finalists and top winners will receive various prizes, including $500 cash for the first-place student.

Fort Bend Chamber President and CEO Keri Schmidt  stated, “Preparing our students for a life as an informed citizen is crucial for our future. We have to know where we’ve been and why our country’s principles were formed to continue to prosper and grow.”

The deadline for student essay submissions is February 24th, 2023. For more information on the essay topic, competition rules and prizes, and to submit your essay, visit: