Submitted to the Herald Review

REED CITY —  Calvin Louis Rohde and Elliana Joy Burns, eighth-grade students from Trinity Lutheran School in Reed City, have been named the first and second-place winners of the 47th annual America & Me Essay Contest.

The contest is sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance and both students received certificates of their accomplishment.

As the first-place winner, Rohde's name will be engraved on a plaque in the school for all to see. He also will advance to the state level competition, from which the top 10 in Michigan will be selected. The top 10 state winners will be announced in April and will receive a medallion, plaque and $1,000. They also will gather in Lansing, meet governmental leaders and be featured guests at a Lansing Lugnuts baseball game.

Several thousand eighth-grade students from more than 400 Michigan schools participated in the 2015-16 America and Me Essay Contest, which was conducted with the help of Farm Bureau Insurance agents across the state.