Chamber to hold civics bee

LIMA — The Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce is looking for students grades 6 through 8 for the National Civics Bee competition.

Middle school students are invited to participate in the essay competition. The top 20 students will be selected to compete in a quiz event to test their civics knowledge. The Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce will host this event on 4 p.m. April 19 at the Lima Public Library. The finalists and top winners will receive various prizes.

“We are so excited to be supporting our students in the community through the 2023 National Civics Bee,” said Jed Metzger, president/CEO of Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce and the Lima Area Chamber Foundation in a press release. “This program will provide a unique, challenging, and fulfilling experience for all participants and encourages young Americans to engage in civics and contribute to their communities.”

In the first round essay, students need to identify a problem facing our community and how a citizen might solve the problem. Students need to write a 500-word essay, two pages, double-spaced.

The deadline for student essay submissions is Feb. 24. For more information on the essay topic, competition rules and prizes, and to submit your essay, visit:

Reach Dean Brown at 567-242-0409

Dean Brown joined The Lima News in 2022 as a reporter. Prior to The Lima News, Brown was an English teacher in Allen County for 38 years, with stops at Perry, Shawnee, Spencerville and Heir Force Community School. So they figured he could throw a few sentences together about education and business in the area. An award-winning photographer, Brown likes watching old black and white movies, his dog, his wife and kids, and the four grandkids - not necessarily in that order. Reach him at [email protected] or 567-242-0409.