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CRAIG, Colorado – Middle school students from Craig-area schools competed in the 2023 National Civics Bee regional competition today. The event was hosted by the Craig Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Colorado Chamber of Commerce and the Civic Trust of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Students competed with their peers in a live quiz event and answered questions from judges to test their civics knowledge. The top three finalists from the Craig competition will have the chance to participate in the state-level competition hosted by the Colorado Chamber of Commerce in Denver on May 19, 2023.
Winners of the Craig-area civics bee include:
- First place: Rayne H., Hayden Valley Secondary School
- Second place: Ryun P., Craig Middle School
- Third place: Mercy F., Homeschool
“We are so thrilled to bring the National Civics Bee to northwest Colorado and help promote the program’s mission of civic education, engagement, and knowledge in our community,” said Craig Chamber Executive Director Jennifer Holloway. “We applaud our finalists and their families for participating in this opportunity and appreciate our community and event partners and sponsors that have made this all possible.”
The first-place winner of the local competition received a $500 cash prize, and all three finalists are invited to participate in the statewide competition. All participants in the state competition will receive a tablet device as a prize from the Colorado Chamber. The top three winners of the state competition will receive cash prizes of $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place.
“We’re thrilled to recognize young Coloradans interested in civic engagement and to inspire the next generation to be involved in shaping our communities,” said Colorado Chamber President and CEO Loren Furman. “We congratulate this year’s winners from the Craig competition and look forward to seeing them next month in Denver!”
The Colorado Chamber of Commerce champions free enterprise, a healthy business environment and economic prosperity for all Coloradans. It is the only business association that works to improve the business climate for all sizes of business from a statewide, multi-industry perspective. What the Colorado Chamber accomplishes is good for all businesses, and that’s good for the state’s economy. It was created in 1965 based on the merger with the Colorado Manufacturers’ Association.
The Craig Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to build a strong economic environment that contributes to business and community success. The Craig Chamber offers its members networking, training and education, promotion, advocacy, and other services.