South Dakota Chamber Joins National Civics Bee Program

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South Dakota Chamber Announces
National Civics Bee Expanding into South Dakota
PIERRE, SOUTH DAKOTA, July 10, 2024 – The South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry proudly announces its partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation National Civics Bee®. This annual competition aims to inspire middle school students to deepen their understanding of civics and enhance community engagement.

The National Civics Bee® (the Bee) is an annual competition that encourages young Americans to engage in civics and contribute to their communities. Participating middle school students flex their civics knowledge for a chance to win recognition and cash prizes. The Bee is co-sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) and participating state and local chambers of commerce.
Middle school students begin by entering a local essay competition. Judges from their community select 20 finalists to participate in a local quiz event testing civics knowledge. The top 3 winners from each community competition advance to the South Dakota live event next spring, where they will compete for first, second, and third place prizes.
The first-place winner from each state will advance to a national competition hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Steve Kirby, Founding Partner and President, Bluestem Capital in Sioux Falls, past board chair of the South Dakota Chamber and current member of the US Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors said, “The Civics Bee doesn’t just teach young people about how our communities function, it has them actively suggest ideas about a current issue.”  He continued, “We need to have more people understand how civics work to preserve a citizen led democracy.”

For more information on the National Civics Bee®, visit To learn about the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry's involvement, contact

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