Photo provided by Tony Gaideski From left are sponsor Tony Gaideski of Farm Bureau Insurance; Zachary Plummer, first place; Larry Kamb, third place; Jake Brawley, second place; Rikki Jones, eighth-grade English; and Douglas Langmeyer, principal of Ring Lardner Junior High School.

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Ring Lardner essays win contest

Published 11:56pm Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Three students from Ring Lardner Junior High School in Niles have been named local winners in the 43rd annual America & Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance.

Zachary Plummer took first, Jake Brawley placed second and Larry Kamb took third.  All three received award certificates for their achievement.  As the school’s first place winner, Zachary’s name will also be engraved on a plaque for display in the school.

Ring Lardner Junior High School’s participation in the America & Me Essay Contest was sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance agent Tony Gaideski of Niles.

Zachary Plummer’s first-place essay advances to the state level competition, from which the top 10 essays in Michigan will be selected.

Winners will be announced in April and 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, meet with Michigan’s top governmental leaders and be the featured guests at a Lansing Lugnuts minor league baseball game dedicated in their honor.

Several thousand eighth-grade students participated in the contest.

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 ten statewide winners this year.

Several thousand eighth grade students from over 400 Michigan schools participated in the 2011-2012 America & Me Essay Contest, which was conducted with the help of Farm Bureau Insurance agents across the state.  The topic of the 2011-2012 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 a sponsor of the contest, Farm Bureau Insurance has earned 11 national awards from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

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