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America & Me Essay Contest

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Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan is pleased to announce the 10 statewide winners of the 2023-’24 America & Me Essay Contest. As “Michigan’s Insurance Company”, we proudly salute these outstanding Michigan students. This year’s winners competed against more than 3,000 other students from nearly 200 Michigan junior highs and middle schools.

The student essays for this, the 55th 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; and two teachers from a top 10 statewide school winner from the 2022-‘23 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.  

During our 55th contest year, this year’s recipients will each receive a plaque, medallion, a cash award of $1055, $1,055 for the school they attend, and $555 to the school if the school has been sponsored by a Farm Bureau Insurance agent.

As part of this annual recognition, an awards banquet will be held in Lansing on Wednesday, May 29, 2024.  In addition, finalists will meet with state government leaders, be honored at Cooley Law School Stadium as special guests at a Lansing Lugnuts minor league baseball game, and enjoy a luncheon cruise aboard the Michigan Princess Riverboat on Lansing’s Grand River.

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

Be sure to get your school signed up this fall when we kick off the 56th 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.