Four Howell middle school students have been named local winners in the 47th
Annual America and Me Essay Contest. Madelynn Webb was named the
Highlander Way Middle School first place winner and Matthew Perkola was
named the Parker Middle School first place winner. Olivia Diakantonis
and Morgan Atkins earned second and third place for Parker Middle
School. The topic for this year’s contest was “My Personal Michigan
“When I found out that I was the local winner I really
couldn’t believe it because I thought I could do better on my essay,”
As the first place winner from their school, Webb and
Perkola’s essays will now advance to the state level competition. A team
of judges comprised of a Michigan government official and the
sponsoring teachers of last year’s winners will review and rank each
entry. The top 10 statewide winners will receive a plaque, medallion and
a cash award of $1,000. Additionally, the top 10 essay winners will be
honored at a banquet in Lansing and be featured guests at a Lansing
Lugnuts minor league baseball game.
This year, several thousand
eighth grade students from more than 400 Michigan schools participated
in the essay contest, which is sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance.
Started in 1968 and open to all Michigan eight grade students, the
America and Me Essay Contest encourages students to explore the rich
history and America.