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Two students from Mason Middle School in Mason have been named local winners in the 51 st annual America & Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance.

The two students, who earned the first and second-place awards for their school, are Melody Meyer, first, and Kendalyn Wilson, second. Both received award ce1tificates for their achievement. As the school’s first-place winner, Melody’s name will also be engraved on a plaque for permanent display in the school.

Melody Meyer’s first-place essay now advances to the state level competition, from which the top ten essays in Michigan will be selected. The top ten statewide winners, who will be announced in April, will each receive a plaque, a medallion and a cash award of $1,000. In addition, the top ten essayists will be honored at a banquet in Lansing, meet with some of Michigan’s top governmental leaders, and be the featured guests at a Lansing Lugnuts minor league baseball game dedicated in their honor. Also part of our 51 st celebration, we will be presenting each top ten statewide school with a $1,000 check.

A team of finalist judges that includes a top Michigan government official and the sponsoring teachers of last year’s top two statewide winners will determine the ranking of the top ten statewide winners this year.
Several thousand eighth grade students from nearly 400 Michigan schools participated in the 20 I 9 – 2020 America & Me Essay Contest, which was conducted with the help of Farm Bureau Insurance agents across the state. The topic of the 2019 – 2020 contest was “My Personal Michigan Hero.”

Statted in 1968 and open to all Michigan eighth grade students, the contest encourages Michigan youngsters to explore the greatness of America and its people. As a sponsor of the contest, Farm Bureau Insurance has earned 11 national awards from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

About Farm Bureau Insurance

At Farm Bureau Insurance we’re dedicated to serving Michigan – and only Michigan.  We were founded in 1949 by Michigan farmers—members of Michigan Farm Bureau—who wanted an insurance company that worked as hard as they did, gave honest service, and cared about Michigan’s future. With over 800 associates and nearly 450 agents spread across all regions of the Great Lake state, we are prepared to protect you from the risks of everyday life.