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[s46] Sen. Grooms Encourages Fourth-graders to Join Statehood Day Essay Contest, Celebration
Start Date: 10/5/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 10/5/2012
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STATEHOUSE (Oct. 5, 2012) – State Sen. Ron Grooms (R-Jeffersonville) 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.  

“We live in a unique state with a rich, storied history that continues to shape who we are today,” Grooms said. “I think it’s important for young Hoosiers to consider what Indiana means to them, and the essay contest is a great chance to start that conversation among teachers, students and their families.” 

Grooms 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 winners will be invited to read their essays during the Dec. 11 celebration in Indianapolis. For more information about the Statehood Day programs, visit

A high-resolution photo of Grooms is now available in the Caucus Photo Gallery at
Contact Information:
Name: Molly Johnson
Phone: 317-234-9133
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