America And Me Essay Contest Rules

Congratulations to the 2017 National 5th Grade Essay Contest Winners:

1st Place – Ayla Richards from NC 

2nd Place – Valeria Santa Ramirez from PR

3rd Place – Liv Katelyn Ball from ID

National 5th Grade Essay Contest

American Mothers annually hosts a 5th grade student essay contest, “What My Mother Means to Me.” The contest runs from August 15th thru January 15th.

Participating is easy! Click here for the rules.  In 150 words, students share what makes their mom extra special. All entries are submitted by January 15th, to their 5th grade teacher. Teachers submit entries to their state’s American Mothers chapter or send to the National Office by January 30th.

A winner will be selected from each state and a national winner will be announced by March 30th. Monetary prizes will be given to the top three essays nationally and the National Winner will be invited to read their essay at the annual American Mothers’ Conference in Washington DC!

For more information regarding the contest, please contact our National office, at


History of the Fifth Grade Essay:

For Irene Blore, the answer to what my mother means to me, was, “The world.” Her mother was the rock she clung to in all her decisions, she said. One thing her mother always stressed was the importance of education.

“Faith and the education of my children enhance the quality of life for everyone,” said Blore, the 1995 California Mother of the Year, of what her mother taught her.

As a living memorial to her mother, Blanche V. Edwards, Blore founded the 5th Grade Essay Contest with American Mothers, Inc. in 2004. Each year since, American Mothers sponsored the essay contest for all 5th grade students or the equivalent, in the public, private, and home school environment. The contest theme is “What My Mother Means to Me.”

5th grade was chosen as the age for the contestants because that is an age when children have knowledge about writing and can begin to recognize all what their mothers have done for them, said Blore. She hopes the contest encourages children to reach out to others and think beyond themselves. The contest rules were purposely set up so that the essay must be hand-written to allow children to set aside electronic devices when working on this project and be clear of distractions.

There has been a national winner every year since 2004. The essays are always poignant and reflective of the great love and care of the mothers of this country.

“Family structure is the most important foundation of our country,” said Blore. “It’s so enriching to see how many have contributed to this mothers’ tapestry.”

The 5th grade essay contest runs annually beginning in August, with submissions due by the January 15th.

Essay contest winners (from left) Halie Greene, Emma Rose and Tiffany Zheng. (Photo courtesy of Laurie Zywiczynski)

Three students from Wayland Union Middle School have been named local winners in the 49th annual “America & Me” essay contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance.

The three students, who earned first, second, and third place awards for their school, were Halie Greene, first, Emma Rose, second, and Tiffany Zheng, third. All three received award certificates for their achievement.

As the school’s first place winner, Halie’s name will also be engraved on a plaque for permanent display in the school.

Greene’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 state-wide winners, who will be selected in April, will each receive a plaque, a medallion and a cash award of $1,000.  In addition, the top ten essayists will be honored at the banquet in Lansing, meet with Michigan’s top governmental leaders, and be the featured guests at a Lansing Lugnuts minor league baseball game dedicated in their honor.

A team of finalist judges that includes a top Michigan government official and the sponsoring teachers of last year’s top two statewide winners this year.

Several thousand eighth grade students from over 350 Michigan schools took part in the 2017-2018 essay contest, which was conducted with the help of Farm Bureau Insurance agents across the state. The topic of the 2017-2018 contest was “My Personal Michigan Hero.”

Started in 1968 and open to all Michigan eighth grade students, the contest encourages Michigan youngsters to explore the greatness of America and its people. As sponsor of the contest, Farm Bureau Insurance has earned 11 national awards from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

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