Essay Contest Encourages 8th Graders to Write About Their Heroes

America and Me is an essay contest that is now in its 51st year in the state of Michigan.  The contest asks several thousand eighth-graders from hundreds of Michigan schools to write about their Michigan heroes, especially those who make a difference in their lives.  The contest runs from September 3rd to November 15th, and the topic is “My Personal Michigan Hero”. There will be sign-up kits sent to schools throughout Michigan. The contest is open any eighth-grade student in Michigan enrolled in public or private school. Each school will have a first-place winner who will be entered into the statewide competition. From the statewide group, the top ten will be chosen, and each will receive a $1000 cash award, $1000 for their school, and $500 for their school if the school is sponsored by a Farm Bureau Insurance agent. As sponsor of the contest, Farm Bureau Insurance has earned 11 national awards from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. A special day will be planned to celebrate the top ten winners in May 2020.