GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — For more than 50 years, thousands of eighth graders from hundreds of Michigan schools have entered the patriotic writing contest.  It encourages Michigan young people to write about their Michigan heroes, especially those who have made a difference in their lives. 

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

ELIGIBILITY:  The contest is open to any eighth grade student in Michigan enrolled in a public or private 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.

For more information, visit https://www.farmbureauinsurance-mi.com/AmericaAndMe/ or contact Lisa Fedewa at 517-679-5411.

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