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  • Announcing the 51st Annual America & Me Essay Contest for Michigan 8th Grade Students

    Now in its 51st year, the annual America & Me Essay Contest encourages Michigan eighth grade students to write about their American heroes, someone who has made a big difference in the students’ personal lives by teaching them important lessons. What a lasting tribute this could be to the person who has inspired and guided them.

    AWARDS: Prizes include cash awards of $1,000, certificates, plaques, and medallions to our top ten statewide winners. The top ten finalists also earn a trip to the State Capitol to visit with state government leaders, be honored at Coley Law School Stadium as special guests at a Lansing Lugnuts minor league baseball game, and enjoy a luncheon cruise aboard the Michigan Princess Riverboat on the Grand River. We are pleased to announce that we will continue to award each of the top ten schools with a $1,000 and another $500 to the school if they are sponsored by one of our Farm Bureau Insurance agents. Click here to view a video of the 2018-'19 Awards Day, our 50th Anniversary.

    Information about the essay contest is mailed to all public and private school eighth grade Language Arts teachers and principals in Michigan. The contest runs from September 3 through November 15, 2019. The Farm Bureau Insurance Home Office in Lansing must receive all entries by November 18, 2019, and all essays must be submitted by the school. The topic of this year’s contest remains as “My Personal Michigan Hero.”

    As sponsor of the contest, Farm Bureau Insurance has earned 11 national awards from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. Hundreds of thousands of Michigan students have participated in the contest since its inception in 1968.

    If you would like to print a copy of the School Registration Form for the 2019-‘20 contest, please click here. The registration form can be faxed in or mailed to the address indicated on the form.

    If you would like to view the top ten winners of the 2018-'19 contest click here.
    The topic of the 50th annual essay contest was “My Personal Michigan Hero.”

    Below are additional contest materials that may be downloaded. All are in a PDF format.

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