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America & Me Essay Contest Kicks Off 54th Year

Date Posted: August 23, 2022

LANSING, Mich.— Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan is once again sponsoring its annual America & Me Essay Contest — celebrating its 54th year.

For over 50 years, more than 500,000 eighth graders from hundreds of Michigan schools have entered the patriotic writing contest, which encourages Michigan young people to write about their Michigan heroes, especially those individuals who have made a difference in their lives.

This year's contest, held September 2022 through Nov. 11th, will again ask students to write while considering the topic "My Personal Michigan Hero.”

ELIGIBILITY: Rules to sign up for this year’s essay contest will be sent to schools throughout Michigan in late August.  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.  Each school can submit up to 10 essays and the student essays must be submitted by a school.

AWARDS:  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 ten statewide winner will receive a $1,000 cash award, another $1,000 for the school they attend, and another $500 for their school if the school is sponsored by a Farm Bureau Insurance agent.

A special day will be planned to celebrate the top ten winners in May 2023.  Each of the top ten winners are encouraged to bring two adults and a teacher to the awards celebration.

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

To learn more about the 54th contest year, visit or contact Lisa Fedewa at 517-679-5411 or at [email protected]. Farm Bureau Insurance Agents and Michigan 8th Grade Teachers can register at through October 21, 2022 (all registration and essay submission will be done through this new site).

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