MCE students place in essay contest.

February 23, 2015
Scott Shoup with winners Sierra Fogel, Tylor Fargo  and Cierra Grimm. Submitted photo.

Scott Shoup with winners Sierra Fogel, Tylor Fargo and Cierra Grimm. Submitted photo.

CUSTER — Three Mason County Eastern Junior High students have been named local winners in the 46th annual America & Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance.

The students, who earned the first, second, and third place awards for their school, are Sierra Fogel, first; Tylor Fargo, second; and Cierra Grimm, third.  All three received award certificates for their achievement.  As the school’s first place winner, Sierra’s name will also be engraved on a plaque for permanent display in the school.

MCE’s participation in the America & Me Essay Contest was sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance agent Scott Shoup of Scottville.

Sierra’s first place essay now advances to the state level competition, from which the top 10 essays in Michigan will be selected. The top 10 statewide winners, who will be announced in April, will each receive a plaque, a medallion and a cash award of $1,000.  In addition, the top 10 essayists will be honored at a banquet in Lansing where they will meet with Michigan’s top governmental leaders, and be the featured guests at a Lansing Lugnuts minor league baseball game dedicated in their honor.

A team of finalist judges which includes a top Michigan government official and the sponsoring teachers of last year’s top two statewide winners will determine the ranking of the top ten statewide winners this year.

Several thousand eighth grade students from over 400 Michigan schools participated in the 2014 – 2015 America & Me Essay Contest, which was conducted with the help of Farm Bureau Insurance agents across the state.  The topic of the 2014 – 2015 contest was “My Personal Michigan Hero.”

Started in 1968 and open to all Michigan eighth grade students, the contest encourages Michigan youngsters to explore the greatness of America and its people.  As sponsor of the contest, Farm Bureau Insurance has earned 11 national awards from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

 

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