Beaumont student is runner-up in State Citizen Bee
Alana Akers, a senior at Central Medical Magnet High School in Beaumont, took home a plaque and a $500 check after she placed second in the Texas State Citizen Bee.
Ackers and Lexi Gibson, a sophomore at Acorns to Oaks Academy in Damon, took second and first, respectively, in the 18th Annual Regional Citizen Bee at Lamar State College-Port Arthur in March to qualify for the May 10 state contest in Austin.
Gibson finished the state contest in a three-way tie for fifth place.
Citizen Bee, which is sponsored by Law-Related Education Inc. of the State Bar of Texas, covers the U.S. Constitution, important documents, people, issues, civic values and current events. All questions and answers are available in an on-line study guide provided by the Bill of Rights Institute, said Mavis Triebel, coordinator of the regional competition at Lamar State College.
In the regional event, contestants from nine Southeast Texas public high schools and four private high schools, took a a private one-hour written examination, followed by oral questions in front of an audience in the Lamar Theater.
The state contest, which featured 18 students representing 14 regions in Texas, followed the same format, but also included a final face-off “Civic Conversation” in the State Capital Building between the top four contestants on the subjects of the four famous documents – the Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, the Virginia Declaration of Rights and the Massachusetts Body of Liberties.