These East Middle School eighth graders have been named local winners of the 49th Annual America & Me Essay Contest sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance:
- Grace Young – 1st Place
- Abby Fush – 2nd Place
- Hannah Schryer – 3rd Place
Young’s name will be engraved on a plaque for permanent display in the school. Her essay advances to the state level competition, from which the top 10 essays in Michigan will be selected in April. Winners will receive a plaque, a medallion, and a cash award of $1,000, among other prizes.
A team of finalist judges that includes a top Michigan government official and sponsoring teachers of last year’s top two statewide winners, will determine the ranking of the top 10 statewide winners this year.
The topic of the 2017-2018 essay contest was “My Personal Michigan Hero.”