Calling all middle school students!

Share your ideas and flex your civics knowledge in the National Civics Bee®.


The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to host a first-of-its-kind civics competition that encourages young Americans to engage in civics and contribute to their communities. Participating 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will flex their civics knowledge for a chance to win recognition and cash prizes. After competing in local and state competitions, the state champion will be invited to Washington, DC to compete in the inaugural National Civics Bee® national championship in Fall 2024.

In the first round of the contest, local 6th, 7th and 8th grade students will participate in an essay competition. Judges will then select 20 finalists to participate in the local competition: a live quiz event testing civics knowledge. Then, the top 3 students from each local competition will advance to the state competition.


Any 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student residing in Iowa with an idea about using civics to improve their community may review the rules and submit an essay application at Please review all rules and eligibility requirements before submitting. Finalists will compete in a live Civics Bee competition for cash prizes and recognition. Finalists will be notified by the Chamber of Commerce via e-mail. Please e-mail with any questions.

All essays must be received by 11:59 PM on Monday, January 8, 2024 to be considered.



The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce is participating in the National Civics Bee® because we believe that informed and active citizens make for a strong country, a strong economy, and a strong workforce, and that our continued prosperity depends on the strength of all three. Through the Bee, we are promoting greater civic knowledge in Siouxland and celebrating our civic pride.


Monday, March 4, 2024
7:00 PM
RE/MAX City Centre | 712 Fourth Street | Sioux City, IA

FIRST PLACE – $500 cash prize
SECOND PLACE – $250 cash prize
THIRD PLACE – $125 cash prize


Are you interested in showcasing your company’s commitment to developing active and engaged citizens? For information about available corporate sponsorships, please contact Tasha Pointer at


If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Tasha Pointer at