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[s14] What Does Indiana Mean to You?
Start Date: 10/3/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 10/3/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
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Sen. Kruse Encourages Fourth-graders to Join Statehood Day Annual Essay Contest, Celebration

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 3, 2012) – State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) urges local fourth-grade students to celebrate Indiana’s 196th birthday by entering the annual Statehood Day essay contest and answering the question, “What does Indiana mean to you?” before Oct. 29.

Local fourth-grade classrooms are also invited to attend Statehood Day celebrations in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Space is limited and classrooms must be registered. Teachers can contact Capitol Tour Office Coordinator Jennifer Hodge at 317-233-5293 or to sign up.

Indiana became the nation’s 19th state on Dec. 11, 1816. 

“This is an excellent way for fourth-grade students to explore Indiana’s unique background,” Kruse said. “Every Hoosier is part of what makes our state great today, and I hope participating students will learn how they fit into Indiana’s heritage and future.”

Kruse added that the essay competition is open to any fourth-grade public, private or home-schooled student and is easy to enter. The following rules apply:

  • Essays must include the student’s name, teacher’s or parent’s name, school’s name and contact information, including address and telephone number.
  • Entries must range from 100 to 400 words, handwritten or typed.
  • Students should convey what living in the state of Indiana means to them and highlight things that make them glad to be a Hoosier.
  • Essays must be postmarked no later than Monday, Oct. 29. Mailed essays should be sent to:

Indiana Center for the Book

315 West Ohio St.

Indianapolis, IN 46202

Judges will choose first-, second-, third- and fourth-place winners. The first-place winner will be invited to read his or her essay during the Dec. 11 celebration at the Statehouse. For more information about the Statehood Day programs, visit

Contact Information:
Name: Tracy Lytwyn
Phone: 317-234-9221
Entry Type:
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Entry Category:
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  • Category:
  • Government
  • Agency Name
    Senate Republican Caucus

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