Writing Contest Winners


Onekama Students Named Contest Winners


Three eighth grade students from Onekama Consolidated Schools have been named local winners in the 46th annual America and Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance.

 

The three students are Blake Soper, first; Kelsey Kosiboski, second; and Amanda Babcock, third. All three received award certificates for their achievement.


Blake Soper’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, who will be announced in April, will each receive a plaque, a medallion and a cash award of $1000. In addition, the top ten essayists will be honored at a banquet in Lansing and meet with Michigan’s top governmental leaders. Several thousand eighth grade students from nearly 450 Michigan schools participated in the 2014-2015 contest.


 
L to R: Amanda Babcock, Kelsey Kosiboski, Blake Soper
 
 The topic of the contest was “My Personal Michigan Hero.”


 Started in 1968 and open to all Michigan eighth grade students, 

 the contest encourages Michigan youth to explore the greatness of  America and its people. As a sponsor of the contest, Farm Bureau  Insurance has earned 11 national awards from the Freedom  Foundation at Valley Forge.


My Michigan Hero

By Blake Soper

 

A brave and courageous man, risking his life every day. Waking up early in the morning and going to sleep late at night to protect us. Sometimes carrying his duties out over days with no sleep. These are the true signs of a hero, and that’s why I chose one of our greatest friends, Matt Sasse, to be my Michigan hero.

 

Matt has changed my life in many ways and formed me into who I am. One way he has done this is by teaching me the true meaning of life: to never take what you have for granted or disrespect anyone. Anything you have can disappear in a second if you take it for granted. Another thing I have learned is to never hurt anyone for any reason.

 

Matt has taught me many lessons, and I can’t thank him enough for that.

 

All that I've learned from him is because of his job in the Marine Corps, and that’s keeping his country safe. His job made me realize that he risks everything for us and his family. Our military never get much respect or greatly noticed, but that’s why he's my Michigan hero. Every second of our lives, while we safely live in our country, the Marine Corps is out protecting our freedom and other countries. I believe they should be recognized for all the risks they take for us.

 

Matt was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel after twenty years in the Marine Corps. Matt is in the United States Marine Corps Special Ops Command in Washington D.C., otherwise known as MARSOC. He served as a company commander in a recent deployment in Afghanistan. Matt leads major operations to regain control of lawless areas where insurgents try to take over. The bravery and leadership that he displays shows tremendous courage that most don’t see from people in their daily lives.


Matt is my true hero for what he has accomplished in life. I would like him and all the unsung  heroes in the military to be thanked for their dedicated service to this country. We always have to remember, it’s not about the people that have made great accomplishments; it’s the people that showed great courage. It’s the people that gave up their lives to keep us safe, and they should forever be in our hearts as true American Heroes.

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