Mason Middle School, eighth-grade student, Melody Meyer was announced as one of 10 statewide winners of Farm Bureau Insurance’s America and Me Essay Contest. The theme of the annual contest is “My Personal Michigan Hero.” Melody’s essay earned 9th place out of approximately 3,500 essays submitted by students from over 350 Michigan schools.
Open to any eighth-grade student in Michigan, the America an Me Essay Contest was developed in 1968 to encourage Michigan youth to explore their roles in America's future. The annual contest encourages students to write about their Michigan heroes, someone who has made a big difference in the students’ personal lives by teaching them important lessons. Melody chose to write her essay about her hero, her older brother, Evan.
"Melody went above and beyond by entering the America and Me Essay Contest. Her essay was humorous and thoughtful, just like Melody herself. I'm so proud of her!” said Ellyn Delpier, English Teacher at Mason Middle School.
The contest winners will each receive a custom Farm Bureau Insurance corn toss game to promote family fun during these unfortunate times, a personalized plaque, a personalized medallion, a copy of their essay printed on metal, a cash award of $1,000, another $1,000 for the school they attend.