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Contest invites Michigan 8th grade students to write about their personal Michigan heroes

Wednesday, August 16, 2017  
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Each year, several thousand eighth graders from nearly 500 Michigan schools enter the America & Me Essay 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.

This year's contest, which will run September 1 through November 16, will again ask students to write on the topic "My Personal Michigan Hero.”

Sign-up kits will be sent to schools throughout Michigan in early September. The contest is open to any eighth grade student in Michigan enrolled in a public or private school, and offers a variety of awards on the local and statewide levels. Students from nearly 400 Michigan schools submitted over 3500 essays statewide as part of last year’s contest.

This year, the first place entry from each school will be entered into the statewide competition from which the top ten essays in the state will be chosen. Each top ten statewide winner will receive a $1,000 cash award.

The top ten will be honored in May 2018 in Lansing, where they will meet the state's top governmental leaders, be honored in pre-game ceremonies at a Lansing Lugnuts minor league baseball game, and attend an awards banquet aboard the Michigan Princess Riverboat.

Each year, the top 10 essays are collected and printed in a book entitled My Personal Michigan Hero. The booklet will be distributed to Michigan schools to introduce the 49th annual America & Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance.

As sponsor of the contest, Farm Bureau Insurance has earned 11 national awards from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

To learn more about the contest, view video highlights from last year’s awards day, or to read the booklet of highlights from last year's entries ("My Personal Michigan Hero"), visit or contact Lisa Fedewa at 517-679-5411 or

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