REED CITY -- Grace Jacobson, an eighth grader at Trinity Lutheran School in Reed City, was announced as one of 10 statewide winners in this year's Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan essay contest.

The America and Me Essay Contest encourages youth to explore their roles in America's future. It encourages eighth grade students to write about their Michigan heroes, someone who has made a difference in their life.

The topic of Jacobson's essay was the importance of adoption, and her adoptive family.

Jacobson's essay earned sixth place out of 3,500 essays submitted by students from more than 350 Michigan schools. Trinity Lutheran School was sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance agent Dan Lee.

"We are so proud of Grace and her selection as the sixth-place winner in the Farm Bureau essay contest," said Trinity president Rich Saladin. "Grace is a fantastic representative of Trinity Lutheran School.

"Thank you to her teacher, Jim Chatel, for providing this unique opportunity to her and her classmates," he added. "We especially thank Dan Lee for sponsoring this event and supporting our Reed City community."

"Farm Bureau is proud to support Michigan students and schools around the state through the America and Me essay contest," said Farm Bureau Insurance CEO Don Simon. "Each year, we are impressed and moved as these student authors share personal stories of their local Michigan heroes."

Each contest winner received a personalized plaque, a personalized medallion, a copy of their essay printed on metal, a cash award of $1,000, and $1,000 for their school, plus an additional $500 to the school if they are sponsored by a Farm Bureau agent.

In addition, they will receive a custom Farm Bureau Insurance corn toss game to promote family fun during the coronavirus shut down.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the state of emergency throughout Michigan, the America and Me Awards Day events scheduled for May 12, have been canceled.

The top 10 statewide winners will be recognized remotely.