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Three Beach Middle School ‘America & Me’ Essay Contest Winners Chosen

Courtesy photo. From left: Rick Eder, Farm Bureau Insurance, Addison Sinkwitts, Claire Ashe and Brynara Schmidt.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Lisa Fedewa for the information in this story. The three winner’s essays can be found at the end of the story.)

Three students from Beach Middle School have been named local winners in the 52nd annual America & Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance.

The three students, who earned the first, second, and third place awards for their school, are Addison Sinkwitts, first, Claire Ashe, second, and Brynara Schmidt, third.

All three received award certificates for their achievement.  As the school’s first place winner, Sinkwitts’ name will also be engraved on a plaque for permanent display in the school.

Beach Middle School’s participation in the America & Me Essay Contest was sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance agent Rick Eder of Chelsea.

Sinkwitts’ 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 will each receive a plaque, a medallion and a cash award of $1,000.

In addition, each top ten statewide school will receive a $1,000 check, along with an additional $500 if the school was sponsored by a Farm Bureau Insurance agent.

Due to the current pandemic affecting the in-person events, there will not be a scheduled awards day this year. The top ten students and their teachers will still be notified and receive awards. Just not in person at our traditional event.

Several thousand eighth grade students from nearly 200 Michigan schools participated in the 2020 – 2021 America & Me Essay Contest, which was conducted with the help of Farm Bureau Insurance agents across the state.  The topic of the 2020 – 2021 contest was “My Personal Michigan Hero.”

Sinkwitts should take great pride in advancing to the state level competition.

A team of finalist judges, including a top Michigan government official as well as the sponsoring teachers of last year’s top two statewide winners, will determine the ranking of the top ten statewide winners this year.

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 sponsor of the contest, Farm Bureau Insurance has earned 11 national awards from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

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