Fowlerville News & Views Online Edition March 31, 2013 Nancy Roberts, left, place first and Kaitlyn Bennett finished second Junior High students compete in ‘American & Me’ Essay Contest Local Students Named Essay Contest Winners: Two 8th grade students from Fowlerville Junior High School have been named local winners in the 44th annual America and Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance. This year’s theme was, “My Personal Michigan Hero.” The two students, who earned the first and second place awards for their school, are Nancy Roberts, who came in first, and Kaitlyn Bennett, second. Both received award certificates for their achievement. As the school’s first place winner, Nancy’s name will also be engraved on a plaque for permanent display in the school. Nancy Robert’s 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 be announced in April and a cash award of $1000.00 can be earned. In addition, the top ten 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 baseball game, complete with a halftime ceremony honoring their academic success.