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America & Me Essay Contest

Founded by Jack Stucko in 1968, Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan sponsors an annual statewide essay contest exclusively for eighth grade students. The writing competition was originally created to encourage young students to explore their career aspirations and consider how their future roles can impact their community. Today, students submit inspirational stories honoring someone who has personally made a difference in their lives - a Michigan Hero.  

Winners of the 53rd annual America & Me Essay Contest Announced

Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan is pleased to announce the 10 statewide winners of the 2021-’22 America & Me Essay Contest. As “Michigan’s Insurance Company”, we proudly salute these outstanding Michigan students. This year’s winners competed against more thanover 3,000 other students from nearly 200 Michigan junior highs and middle schools.

The student essays for this, the 53rd  annual contest, were based on the topic, "My Personal Michigan Hero."  The final ranking of the winners was determined by a panel of judges comprised of Farm Bureau Insurance’s CEO Don Simon; contest founder Jack Stucko; and one teacher from a top 10 statewide school winner from the 2020-‘21 contest year.

The America & Me Essay Contest was founded by Farm Bureau Insurance in 1968 to embolden Michigan youth as they explore their roles in America's future.  Since then, we have shifted our focus slightly to encourage students to write about their personal Michigan heroes—someone they know personally who encouraged and inspired them to live better and achieve more.  Since its inception, over 500,000 Michigan 8th graders have participated in the contest.  

The contest winners will each receive a plaque, medallion, and a cash award of $1,000, another $1,000 for the school they attend, and another $500 to the school if the school has been sponsored by a Farm Bureau Insurance agent. 

Important Notice: The traditional annual America & Me Essay Contest Awards Day is scheduled for Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in Lansing.   The top 10 students and their teachers from across the state will be invited to participate in the day-long group recognitions.  In the event we are not able to meet in person, the students will still receive their awards and recognitions for their commendable achievement.

The statewide winners from this contest year, their final rankings, and the name of students’ respective schools are listed below. One of the schools was sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance agent, who is also listed.

Be sure to get your school signed up this fall when we kick off the 54th America & Me Essay Contest. Information will be mailed out to all middle schools and junior highs in Michigan and available on our website. For details, contact Lisa Fedewa.


For questions or requests related to the America & Me Essay Contest, please reach out to Program Coordinator, Lisa Fedewa at 517-679-5411.