The Tennessee Star Constitution Bee is open for registration!
If you have a secondary school-level student enrolled in a public or private school, or an accredited homeschool program, they are eligible to participate in this original, one-day event to be held Saturday, September 22, 2018.
“September 22, 2018 is the last day of Constitution Week, marking the 231th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution in Philadelphia,” said Mike Sheppard, president of the Polk Foundation, the event’s main sponsor.
More details will be posted here as they are made available.
The student who wins the Grand Prize Championship as the top Constitution secondary school student in the state will receive an all expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C, along with a parent, plus a $3000.00 (three thousand) scholarship to apply to the first year’s expenses to the winner’s college or trade school of choice after high school.
“It is vital that we rediscover the importance of our Constitution, and pass it along to the next generation,” J.C. Bowman, executive director of Professional Educators of Tennessee, told The Star.
“We think a Constitution Bee is an important step to encourage that effort. The preservation of our liberties is an ongoing battle, something our Founders understood,” Bowman said.
The Bee is designed to focus on student knowledge of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights in the same way as the National Spelling Bee and the National Geography Bee.
All confirmed contestants will receive – at no charge – a copy of the pilot project edition of the textbook based on the groundbreaking Constitution Series, The Tennessee Star Guide to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
In addition to the Grand Prize winning champion, the top performing student at each grade level (8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th) will receive a prize package and be featured in profiles at The Tennessee Star.
Judges will include local teachers, attorneys, and editors from The Tennessee Star.