Students begin America & Me essay contest

LANSING – 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.