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2016 America & Me contest invites Michigan students to write about personal heroes

Tuesday, August 23, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Michigan eighth graders have written an exceptional book, "My Personal Michigan Hero," a collection of essays about students’ personal heroes, many of whom live right in their home communities. The essays provide insight into whom Michigan young people consider to be heroes of today.

The booklet will be distributed to Michigan schools to introduce Farm Bureau Insurance’s 48th annual America & Me Essay Contest sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance.

Each year, several thousand eighth graders from nearly 500 Michigan schools enter the patriotic writing contest, which encourages Michigan young people to write about their American heroes, especially the people who have made a big difference in the students’ personal lives.

“For nearly 50 years, the America and Me Essay Contest has recognized the creativity and accomplishments of Michigan students across the state,” said Lisa Fedewa, America & Me Essay Contest coordinator. “At Farm Bureau Insurance, we’re proud to support the continued achievement and inventiveness of eighth graders as they share their own unique perspective on heroism.”

This year's contest, held September through Nov. 14, will again ask students to write on the topic "My Personal Michigan Hero.” Sign-up kits are sent to schools throughout Michigan in early September. The contest, open to any eighth-grade student in Michigan enrolled in a public or private school, offers a variety of awards on the local and statewide levels.

The first-place entry from each school is entered into the statewide competition from which the top 10 essays in the state are chosen. Each top 10 statewide winner receives a $1,000 cash award.

The top 10 essays and authors are honored in a day-long ceremony May 2017 in Lansing, where they will meet the state's top elected officials, be honored in pre-game ceremonies at a Lansing Lugnuts Minor League baseball game, and attend an awards banquet aboard the Michigan Princess Riverboat.

The America & Me Essay Contest has earned 11 national awards from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge in recognition of its support of educational activities for young people. To learn more about Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan’s America & Me contest, past year’s awards day, or to read highlights from last year's entries, visit:

Local Farm Bureau agents in communities across Michigan are a driving force of the America & Me contest. If you’d like more information, contact your local Farm Bureau Insurance agent or Contest Coordinator Lisa Fedewa at 517-679-5411 or


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