VCMS Students Participate in National Civics Bee Essay Competition

The National Civics Bee® is an annual competition that encourages young Americans to engage in civics and contribute to their communities. 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.


The essay topic this year:

Identify a problem facing your community. How might a citizen solve the problem? Write a 500-word essay that includes the following:

  • What is the problem, and how do different members of your community or neighborhood view it?

  • What civic principles or systems could help to address the problem?

  • What is your idea or recommendation for solving the problem?

  • What primary sources, such as the Declaration of Independence or the United States Constitution, provide supporting evidence or examples for your idea or recommendation?

  • How might members of your community or neighborhood bring your idea or recommendation to life?

Nine students from Mrs. Grippo’s Civics class won the local round and are headed to the live quiz event on March 2nd. The top three will then be headed to the state competition.
The nine winners are:
Kellen Bresnick
Shirley Cook
Joshua DeLaCruz
Elise Gaina
Savannah Mangino
Kellen McEvoy
Maci Oberpriller
Thomas Osekavage
Hayden Rappo
Congratulations and Good Luck!!!