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Student Essay Guide

To enter the 2025 National Civics Bee®, students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades from participating states must submit an essay online in response to the official prompt. Students may use the 2025 Essay Guide to access the prompt, judging rubric, and support materials. The online application portal will open in Fall 2024 and close in Winter 2025. Application portal details and official deadlines will be announced soon.

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For the 2025 National Civics Bee®, we want to know how you can make a difference in your community!

Every day, citizens contribute in different ways—through volunteering, voting, serving on juries, entrepreneurship, or simply by sharing their community experiences—all of which strengthen our civil society. Middle school students from public, private, charter, and homeschools with ideas about improving their communities may submit an essay for a chance to win recognition and cash prizes.

Writing Your Essay

You may download the Essay Guide below to get step-by-step instructions, or jump to specific sections.

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