MacKenzie Ruff’s essay advances to state levelPublished 10:11am Monday, February 22, 2010
Three students from Dowagiac Middle School have been named local winners in the 41st annual America and Me Essay Contest sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance.
The three students, who earned the first-, second- and third-place awards for their school are: MacKenzie Ruff, first; Andrea Hatter, second; and Morgan Adams, third.
All three received award certificates for their achievements.
As the school’s first-place winner, MacKenzie’s name will also be engraved on a plaque for permanent display in the school.
Dowagiac Middle School’s participation in the America and Me Essay Contest was sponsored by Dowagiac Farm Bureau Insurance agent Jeff Neumann.
MacKenzie Ruff’s first-place essay advances to 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, 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, 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 that 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 10 statewide winners this year
Several thousand eighth grade students from nearly 500 Michigan schools participated in the 2009-2010 America and Me Essay Contest, which was conducted with the help of Farm Bureau Insurance agents across the state.
The topic of the 2009-2010 contest was “My Personal Michigan Hero.”
Started in 1968 and open to all Michigan eighth grade students, the contest encourages Michigan youngsters to explore their roles in America’s future. As sponsor of the contest, Farm Bureau Insurance has earned 11 national awards from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.