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National Civics Bee tests skills and promotes good citizenship

Civics Bee Maryland
Ian Wagreich/Ian Wagreich
Ian Wagreich
Students compete at Bowie State University with the Maryland State Chamber of Commerce in May, 2022. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation hosts the National Civics Bee each year. This year's deadline for essay submission is Feb. 24. Photo Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Can you name the three branches of American Government? Dozens of Maryland middle-school students will test their knowledge in the National Civics Bee -- an effort to engage young people with their communities -- and democracy. We hear how it works.

Links: National Civics Bee competition info, Test your skills in civics.

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