Farm Bureau seeks entries from students

LANSING – Michigan eighth graders have written an exceptional book. It’s called “My Personal Michigan Hero,” a collection of essays about Michigan students’ personal heroes, many of whom live right in the students’ home communities.

The essays provide insight into whom Michigan young people consider to be their heroes of today.

The booklet will be distributed to Michigan schools to introduce the 46th 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.

This year’s contest, which will be held September through Nov. 14, 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.

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 2015 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.

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