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  • America & Me Essay Contest

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  • Contest Background

    The America & Me Essay Contest has been a fun and enriching tradition for Michigan eighth graders for over 50 years. The annual competition was launched by Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan in 1968 to encourage Michigan youth to explore their hopes, dreams, influences and inspirations at a thoughtful time as they prepare to begin the next phase of their growth and development in High School. This has also served as an opportunity for these future leaders to consider their own important role in the country and state they call home and how it will inform their educational journey.

    America & Me has been recognized nationally by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. The non-profit has extended 11 national commendations to Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan for the organization’s yearly sponsorship of the essay contest.

    The Essays
    To date, over 500,000 Michigan eighth graders have participated in the competition. In the contest’s current format, students are asked to write about their own, personal Michigan heroes. The focus is placed on someone from their own lives whom they select. They are encouraged to consider an individual who has inspired them to live to their full potential and achieve great things.

    Participation and Prizes
    Information on each year's contest is sent to all Michigan middle schools and junior highs in the Fall. Each school can submit up to ten student essays from participating eighth graders. From these submissions, first, second, and third place winners will be selected. The first-place essays are then submitted for the statewide competition. Judges will review the essays making it to the final round, selecting a statewide top ten that will be rewarded in the spring. The winning students will receive cash prizes for themselves and their schools along with an invite to participate in a special day of fun in the state’s capitol city, culminating in an exciting reception where the winners are recognized and honored for their outstanding efforts.

    Learn More About This Year’s Contest and Registration

    See Last Year’s Top Ten Along with the Winning Essays

    For questions or requests related to the America & Me Essay Contest, please reach out to Program Coordinator, Lisa Fedewa.


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