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  • Announcing the 49th annual America & Me Essay Contest for Michigan 8th grade students.

    Now in its 49th year, the annual America & Me Essay Contest encourages Michigan eighth grade students to write about their American heroes, especially the people who have made a big difference in the students’ personal lives. Hundreds of thousands of Michigan students have participated in the contest since its inception in 1968.

    Prizes include certificates, plaques, medallions, and ten cash awards of $1,000. Top ten finalists also earn a trip to the State Capitol to visit with State Government leaders, be honored at Lugnuts 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. Click here to view a video of the 2017 Awards Day.

    Information about the essay contest is mailed to all public and private school eighth grade English teachers and principals in Michigan. The contest runs from September 1 through November 16, 2017. The Farm Bureau Insurance Home Office in Lansing must receive all entries by November 20, 2017, and all essays must be submitted by the school. The topic of this year’s contest is “My Personal Michigan Hero.”

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

    If you would like to print a copy of the School Registration Form for the 2017-2018 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 winners of the 2016-2017 contest click here.. The topic of the 48th annual essay contest was “My Personal Michigan Hero.”

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

    1. Essay Contest Entry Form for Schools
    2. Rules Brochure – Contains parental permission form and the rules for submitting essays.
    3. Essay Booklet – Contains essays from the top essays in the 2016-2017 contest year and a list of all the participating schools and their local winners.




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