Students from 12 Southeast Texas public and private high schools students will test their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, important American documents, people, issues, civic values and current events in the 20th annual Regional Citizen Bee, which is set for March 4 in the Performing Arts Center at Lamar State College-Port Arthur.

Total Petrochemicals refinery in Port Arthur is sponsoring the event for the 18th year.

The private high schools in this year’s contest are Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School and Legacy Christian Academy in Beaumont, plus Acorn to Oaks Academy in Damon.
Public high schools are Beaumont Central Medical Magnet, Deweyville, Hamshire-Fannett, Nederland, Orangefield, Port Arthur Memorial, Port Neches-Groves, Sabine Pass and West Orange-Stark.

Each school pays an entry fee and sends three students and an alternate; but the students compete individually, answering questions that cover various civic issues stated above. All questions and answers are available to students before the contest in an on-line study guide provided by the Bill of Rights Institute.

The contest includes a one-hour private written examination, followed by oral questions in a public forum on the stage of the 400-seat theater in Lamar State’s new Performing Arts Center, 1700 Procter Street.

LSC-PA government instructor Mavis Triebel, coordinator of the regional contest, said Citizen Bee is a statewide civic education competition on America’s heritage.

“Total has been associated with this educational project for many years, and it is privilege to work with them on this endeavor,” Treibel said. “The Citizen Bee experience involves teachers, families, and the community in the acquisition of knowledge and skills essential for effective citizenship. It also is an opportunity to recognize academic achievement of young people.”

The top four contestants in the regional contest earn cash awards, with the first-place receiving $500 and second place $250.

Third-place receives $125, fourth-place $75. All contestants receive a Citizen Bee T-shirt.

The top contestant in the regional contest advances to the state competition in Austin. The four state winners will receive awards of $1,000, $750, $500 and $250.

For information or to register a school team, call Mavis Triebel at (409) 984-6332 or send e-mail to: