The Michigan Star Constitution Bee – April 18
The Tennessee Star Constitution Bee – April 25 – Goodlettsville, TN
The At-Large Constitution Bee – April 25 – Goodlettsville, TN
The Ohio Star Constitution Bee – TBD
The Minnesota Sun Constitution Bee – TBD
The Iowa Star Constitution Bee – TBD
If you have a secondary school-level student enrolled in a public or private school, or an accredited home school program, they are eligible to participate in the Star News Digital Media Constitution Bee, a one-day event to be held in Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, and Minnesota.
Students in grades 8 through 12 are eligible to participate in person. The questions and associated study guide are geared to students in grades 11 and 12, but ambitious students in grades 8, 9, and 10 are welcome as well.
This will be the fourth year Star News Digital Media has held a Constitution Bee, and the first year Constitution Bees will be held outside of Tennessee. The first was held in 2017 at Sycamore High School of Cheatham County Schools in Pleasant View, Tennessee, and the second was held in 2018 at the Williamson County Administration Building in Franklin, Tennessee.
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 $3,000.00 (three thousand) scholarship to apply to the first year’s expenses to the winner’s college or trade school of choice after high school.
About the Event
2017 Tennessee Star Constitution Bee winner Noel Farley took his trip to Washington, D.C. in October 2017, where he met with Federal Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Griffith.
2018 Tennessee Star Constitution Bee winner Cooper Moran took his trip to Washington, D.C. in July 2018, and was at the Capitol where he witnessed Supreme Court nominee, now Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh’s first walk through the halls of the Capitol with Vice President Mike Pence on their way to meet the United States senators who would vote on his confirmation.
In addition to the individual Grand Prize Championship, high schools will also be competing for the Star News Digital Media Constitution Bee High School State Championship.
“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, which provides the educational scholarship, 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.
Star News Digital Media CEO and Editor-in-chief Michael Patrick Leahy said that 20 teachers from across the state are being invited to join the Constitution Bee Educational Advisory Board from each state this year.
“We are looking for 10 public school teachers, five private school teachers, and five home school parents to join our Educational Advisory Board to help us reach an even greater number of participating students this year,” Leahy said.
The questions in the Star News Digital Media Constitution Bee will be based on the 2019 edition of The Star News Digital Media Guide to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, which is now available for purchase here.
“Our guide is written at the level for 11th and 12th grade students who are taking the half semester course in Government, but can also be used as a self-study guide by any student in grades 8 through 12,” Leahy added.
Judges will include local teachers, attorneys, and editors from The Tennessee Star, The Ohio Star, Michigan Star, and the Minnesota Sun.
The first annual Star News National Constitution Bee will be held on May 16, 2020 in Nashville, where the top finishers from all the Star News Constitution Bees will compete for the national championship.
Residents of states other than Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, and Minnesota who are interested in operating Star News Constitution Bees in their states are invited to apply for licensing rights in their states for the 2020 Star News National Constitution Bee. State license agreements will be available in January 2020, and will include training sessions conducted in Nashville.
The Star News Education Foundation
The Star News Education Foundation is a non-profit corporation founded in December 2019 by the management team of Star News Digital Media, Inc. for the purpose of returning K-12 education in the United States to its former status as best in the world by 2030.
The foundation focuses on improving 7 key areas first identified in the Star News Digital Media Statement of Principles on K-12 Education published in October 2019.
1. Direct Instruction is the most effective way to teach the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic to K-5 Students, and it should become the preferred teaching methodology in all elementary schools in America.
2. Individual and local sovereignty and accountability should become the required standard for public school governance. School choice must be available to all citizens respecting the right of parents to make the best decisions for their children.
3. The objective of every high school in America should be to equip every student with skills that make them capable of economic self-sufficiency by the day they receive their high school diploma.
4. Civics and the Constitution should be required learning for everyone.
5. Shop Class (learning how to make things, build things and fix things) should be required for everyone, because developing a vocational skill is the starting point of economic self-sufficiency.
6. Home Economics (Consumer Sciences) should be required for everyone, because economic self-sufficiency begins with these skills as well.
7. Classical Curriculum, which instructs students based on the values and ideas of Western civilization, is the most effective way to develop thinkers and virtuous leaders in grades 6-12, and should be the preferred standard in all secondary schools. Character formation and the respect for human dignity nurtured in students through this curriculum provides the backbone for a civil society.
The foundation accomplishes its objectives through the publication and distribution of K-12 textbooks, conducting competitive events, awarding scholarships, and conducting professional development training for teachers, parents, school board members and school administrators.
The foundation owns the rights to two secondary school textbooks, whose first editions were published by Star News Digital Media, Inc.
– The Star News Digital Media Guide to the Constitution and Bill of Rights for Secondary School Students
– The Star News Digital Media Guide to Shop and Engineering: A Guide to the Industrial Arts
The foundation also owns and operates the Star News Education Foundation National Constitution Bee program, which consists of several state based Constitution Bees that culminate in a National Constitution Bee. All questions asked of students in the National Constitution Bee are based on The Star News Digital Media Guide to the Constitution and Bill of Rights for Secondary School Students, which is available for purchase here.
The National Constitution Bee
The inaugural National Constitution Bee will be held at The Phoenix Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. on June 27, 2020.
The first place winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship
The second place winner will receive a $5,000 college scholarship
The third place winner will receive a $2,500 college scholarship
To qualify to participate in The National Constitution Bee, students must finish in the top 3 in their State Constitution Bee – or in cases where the state does not have a Constitution Bee – the At-Large Constitution Bee.
The top three finishers in each State Constitution Bee will receive college scholarships and a free trip to Washington, D.C. for themselves and a parent that coincides with the National Constitution Bee.
First place winners in State Constitution Bees will receive a $3,000 scholarship, second place winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship, and third place winners will receive a $500 scholarship.
Sign Up Here to Compete in a
Star News Digital Media Constitution Bee
in Your State
Students from all states are encouraged to sign up now. However, please note that only students living in the states of Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, and Minnesota are eligible to compete in the Constitution Bees currently scheduled in their states. Students who live in states other than Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, and Minnesota will be notified as soon as a Constitution Bee is scheduled for their region or state in which they are eligible to compete. Parents and teachers of students who live outside Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, and Minnesota are encouraged to consider applying for licensing rights to the 2020 Star News National Constitution Bee in their state.