Students invited to write about ‘heroes’
LANSING – The booklet, “My Personal Michigan Hero,” is a collection of essays written by Michigan eighth graders and is being used to kick off this year’s 45th annual American and Me Essay contest. The contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance, has students write an essay about who they consider to be an American hero.
Each year, several thousand eighth graders from nearly 500 Michigan schools enter the writing contest, which encourages Michigan young people to write about those who have made a big difference in the students’ personal lives.
This year’s contest, which will be held September through Nov. 15, 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 10 statewide winner receives a $1,000 award.
The top ten will be honored in May 2014 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.
To learn more about the contest, visit www.farmbureauinsurancemi.com.