Lindsey Kramarz

Local students named essay contest winners

February 17, 2011 // 0 Comments

Three students from Assumption School in Belmont have been named local winners in the 42nd annual America & Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance. Alexander Bolin earned first place, Liam Cowen earned second, and Lindsey Kramarz third. All three received an award certificate for their achievement. As the school’s first-place winner, Bolin’s name will also be engraved on a plaque for permanent display in the school. Bolin’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 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 2010-2011 America & Me Essay Contest, which was conducted with the help of Farm Bureau Insurance agents across the state. The topic of the 2010-2011 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. Following is the winning essay by Alexander Bolin. My Michigan Hero My Michigan hero is my Grandpa Bo. He was a war hero of Vietnam. He was also a Michigan State Trooper. Papa Bo does not like to talk about the war, but he does tell stories about his time as a police officer. Papa Bo received a commendation for saving someone’s life. One time, Papa was working and he saw a pheasant sitting on a split rail fence by a farm. Behind a pheasant he saw a farmer who waved at him, so he waved back. A while later, Papa thought he would go back […]