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Eau Claire Area Student Named Wisconsin Civics Bee Champion

MADISON – WMC Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, on Flag Day announced Rya M. from Delong Middle School in Eau Claire as the first-ever Wisconsin Civics Bee champion. Rya competed against seven other finalists from around the state on stage on Friday, answering Civics trivia questions and presenting portions of her submitted essay.

The competition, the first-of-its kind in Wisconsin, is modeled on traditional spelling and geography bees, encouraging students to share ideas for improving their communities and show their enthusiasm for civics. Earlier in the year, students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades were invited to compete in regional bees, hosted by the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, the Racine Area Manufacturers & Commerce, and the Wausau Chamber of Commerce. Winners of the regional bees participated in the state finals.

“Congratulations to Rya and all of the other finalists for making Wisconsin history,” said WMC President & CEO Kurt R. Bauer. “We’re thrilled to partner with other chambers to build enthusiasm for civic engagement and United States history through this competition.”

Rya won a $1,000 cash prize for the victory, and will represent Wisconsin in the inaugural National Civics Bee national championship in Washington, D.C., in the fall for a chance to win prizes worth more than $50,000. Megan C. from Colfax Middle School and Elissa K. from DeLong Middle School placed second and third, respectively, and earned cash prizes as well.

2024 State Final Civics Bee Champions:

Rya M.- Delong Middle School

Megan C.- Colfax Middle School

Elissa K.- Delong Middle School

Other Finalists:
Audrie B. – Neenah Middle School
Raluca M. – Carl Traeger Middle School
Brayden S. – New Holstein Middle School
Hayes B.- Gifford
Cora H. – The Prairie School
Abygail A. – The R.E.A.L. School

“America’s future depends on civic leaders,” Bauer continued. “By engaging students and familiarizing them with how our government is set up to function, we’re ensuring that future generations are equipped to lead in their communities, the state of Wisconsin, and our great country.”

Read more about the competition, presented by Associated Bank and Menasha Corporation, and sponsored by the Judd S. Alexander Foundation and the Dwight and Linda Davis Foundation, here.





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