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April 25, 2023 - Northern Kentucky University is excited to be the site of the 2023 National Civics Bee, presented by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber), on April 29, 2023, from 10 a.m. to noon in the James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union, Room 107. The National Civics Bee is an initiative aimed at encouraging more young Americans to engage in civics and contribute to their communities. 

During the live quiz event on April 29, the students will compete in front of their friends, family, and an esteemed panel of judges including State Sen. Shelley Funke Frommeyer; Dave Schroeder, executive director of Kenton County Library; and former State Sen. Jack Westwood. Students will be asked a series of questions related to how the American government was created, how it works today and historical questions about democracy. The top three performing students will go on to the state competition in Louisville, Kentucky in August. 

Organized in partnership with The Civic Trust of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and hosted by the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, the live, quiz-style competition in Northern Kentucky will inspire middle schoolers to engage in civics and contribute to their communities. Brent Cooper, President & CEO of the NKY Chamber, will emcee. 

“Congratulations to the 20 middle school students who have been selected to move to the live quiz competition,” said Nancy Spivey, Vice President, Talent Strategies for the NKY Chamber. “The event is a fun and rewarding way to highlight the value and privilege of living in a country where well-informed, active citizens can change the world around us.” 

Thirteen of the 20 participants are from Northern Kentucky. The finalists and top winners will be awarded prizes, including $500 cash for the first-prize student.

The National Civics Bee is free to attend. Learn more about the event at

The National Civics Bee is presented by the NKY Chamber, with support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, NKU is an entrepreneurial state university of over 16,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus nestled between Highland Heights, Kentucky and bustling downtown Cincinnati. We are a regionally engaged university committed to empowering our students to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. While we are one of the fastest-growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit