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Michigan's 8th Graders to Spotlight Michigan Heroes in Essay Contest

Michigan Business Beat
September 4, 2019 8:00 AM



Lisa Fedewa, America & Me Essay Contest Coordinator, and Advertising & Engagement Specialist for Farm Bureau Insurance, Lansing, MI, drops by the MBN studio to discuss the opening of the 51st year of an essay contest.

Eighth grade students across the state are encouraged to write about their personal Michigan hero.

In the interview Jeffrey finds out about Lisa and her connection to the contest. She goes on to explain more about the contest. From there they review the eligibility requirements and deadlines which need to be met. Is Michigan Heroes, this year’s theme, or has this been the focus topic in the past? Along with anything else the business community should know about this effort.

Listen to Lisa and Jeffrey talk more about the essay contest below! 

Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan is once again sponsoring its annual America & Me Essay Contest—celebrating its 51st year. For over 50 years, several thousand 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.

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This year's contest, held September 3 through Nov. 15th, will again ask students to write on the topic "My Personal Michigan Hero.


ELIGIBILITY: Sign-up kits 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.

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 2020. Each of the top ten winners are allowed 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 51st contest year, view video highlights from last year’s awards day or to read highlights from last year's entries, visit FarmBureauInsurance.com/AmericaAndMe or contact Lisa Fedewa at 517-679-5411 or at lfedewa@fbinsmi.com.


About Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan
Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan was founded in 1949 by Michigan farmers who wanted an insurance company that worked as hard as they did. Those values still guide the company today and are a big reason why they are known as Michigan’s Insurance Company, dedicated to protecting the farms, families, and businesses of this great state. Farm Bureau Insurance agents across Michigan provide a full range of insurance services—life, home, auto, farm, business, retirement, Lake Estate®, and more—protecting over 500,000 Michigan policyholders.

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