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Inspiring Civic Engagement For Kentucky’s Next Generation

The National Civics Bee® pilots closed out the year strong with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Foundation hosting a competition in Frankfort County on Saturday, May 14, 2022.

To compete in the National Civics Bee®, participants each wrote a 500-word essay on a civics issue within their community and a possible solution. Ten finalists took the stage to test their civic knowledge and compete for prizes ranging from $250 to $1,000.

In the third and final round, the top finalists were asked questions about their essays by a panel of judges. The judges included Kentucky Secretary of State Michael G. Adams; Eric Kennedy, Director of Advocacy at the Kentucky School Boards Association; LaKisha Miller, Executive Director of the Workforce Center at the Kentucky Chamber Foundation; and Kim Sweazy, Analyst of Corporate Communications for Community Relations at Toyota Motor North America.

Congratulations to Lucas, Jiwoo, and Charleston who won the first, second, and third place prizes, respectively.

“The Kentucky Chamber is proud be taking steps to get more young people engaged in issues that are important to all of us,” said Ashli Watts, President and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber.

“It is our goal to encourage the next generation to get involved in their communities and have an appreciation for our roles, rights and responsibilities. We hope the Civics Bee aspires civic participation in middle school students across the state.”

Check out more coverage of the event from The Bottom Line News, and learn more about our partner and host Kentucky Chamber Foundation here.

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