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[s31] Sen. Merritt Encourages Fourth-Graders to Enter State Essay Contest
Start Date: 10/10/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 10/10/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (Oct. 10, 2012) — State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) urges 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.

Fourth-grade classrooms statewide 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. Merritt will act as a co-host and guest speaker at the Statehouse events.

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

“The ‘What Indiana Means to Me’ essay contest and Statehood Day celebrations offer Hoosier fourth-graders unique opportunities to delve into Indiana’s past,” Merritt said. “Those who are able to attend the Indianapolis festivities will interact with special guests from all three branches of state government and historical agencies. It’s an exciting hands-on experience that energizes student learning.”  

Merritt 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 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN 46202.

Judges will choose first-, second-, third- and fourth-place winners, who will be invited to read their essays during the Dec. 11 celebrations in Indianapolis. For more information about the Statehood Day programs, visit  />


Contact Information:
Name: Whitney Moorman
Phone: 317-232-7184
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