Three students from North Rockford Middle School have been named local winners in the 44th Annual America and Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance.
The three students, who earned first, second, and third place awards are Madeline Watters (first), Andrew Playford (second), and Jacob Kelley (third). All three received award certificates for their achievement.
Madeline Watters’ first place essay now advances to the state level competition, from which the top ten essays in Michigan will be selected. The top ten statewide winners, who will be announced in April will receive a plaque, a medallion and a scholarship award of $1,000.
Seven thousand 8th grade students from nearly 450 Michigan schools participated in the 2012-2013 contest. The topic of the contest was “My Personal Michigan Hero.”