Essay deadline extended for Odessa Chamber of Commerce’s National Civics Bee

The Odessa Chamber of Commerce’s National Civics Bee essay deadline has been extended to Monday, January 22 (original date was Jan. 8). The National Civics Bee is a national event 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, this competition 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 next round of competition: a live quiz event to test their civics knowledge that will be held on April 6, 2024 at the campus of UT Permian Basin. The finalists and top winners will receive various prizes, including $500 cash for the first-place student.

The Odessa Chamber of Commerce has also partnered with a local donor to provide a cash prize for the top three teachers whose students submit an essay to the National Civics Bee. The teacher with the most students to submit essays will receive $500, the teacher with the second highest number of participating students to submit essays will receive $250 and the teacher who comes in third place with the most students submitting essays will receive $125.

For more information on the essay topic, competition rules and prizes, and to submit your essay, visit: