From left, attorney Marty Fittante, Patt Fittante,
Karen Anderson, Sarah Anderson, Lieutenant Gov.
Brian Calley, Farm Bureau representative Rich
Jensen and Sen. Tom Casperson. PHOTO COURTESY OF KAREN ANDERSON
July 18, 2013Sarah Anderson, a former Grosse Pointe Woods resident and Ferry Elementary School student, was selected one of 10 state winners in Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan’s 44th America & Me Essay Contest, finishing in second place for her essay about her grandpa, her Michigan hero.
She and the other finalists were treated to a day in Lansing. In addition to the finalists receiving a plaque, medallion and $1,000 cash prize at an awards banquet in Lansing, they started and ended the day on the Princess Riverboat, stopped at the Capitol Building and met with representatives from the Governor and Secretary of State offices; attended a Lansing Lugnuts minor league game; and toured Michigan State University and city landmarks.
More than 450 schools participated in the contest, which had about 5,000 individual entries from eighth graders around the state. This year’s theme was “My Michigan Hero.”
Students submitted up to 500-word essays and were judged on originality, creativity, quality of writing, clarity of information and accuracy.
Anderson is an eighth grader at Holy Name Catholic School in Escanaba.