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[LIBRARY] Hoosier 4th Graders to be Honored at Statehood Day Celebration Wednesday
Start Date: 12/9/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 12/9/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description

INDIANAPOLIS (December 9, 2013) – Fourth grader Andrew Knight of Our Lady of Grace School (Noblesville) will reveal his favorite Hoosier Bicentennial Hero, the revered abolitionist Levi Coffin, to hundreds of his peers, teachers and public officials at this year’s Statehood Day celebration at the Indiana Statehouse on Wednesday, December 11. Andrew wrote that he will always remember Coffin as a hero for aiding slaves to realize freedom after escaping the southern U.S. He also hopes to visit the Levi Coffin House in Fountain City (Wayne County), Indiana in the future.

Read Andrew Knight’s winning essay here. Learn more about Levi Coffin and the Underground Railroad here.

Three more students will also be recognized. They include:

  • 2nd Place: Skylar Ashcraft, Sacred Heart (Warsaw) (essay)
  • 3rd Place: Elizabeth Parrish, Van Rensselaer Elementary (Rensselaer) (essay)
  • 4th Place: Cate Lehner, St. Jude (Indianapolis) (essay)

Ashcraft’s Hoosier Hero was Kokomo-native Ryan White. Parrish become the second finalist in as many years to have a sibling who won a previous Statehood Day Essay Contest. Her brother Jacob won in 2011. Lehner wrote a heartfelt essay about a family military hero. Her uncle James was killed in the line of duty during the Vietnam War.

The first-place winner received a $100 College Choice 529 Scholarship, second-place a $75, third place $50 and second-place $25 scholarship on behalf of the State of Indiana. Additionally, all the winners and their respective classes will participate in Statehood Day activities throughout the day at the Statehouse (Knight), Indiana State Library (Parrish), Indiana State Museum (Ashcraft) and Indiana Historical Society (Lehner).

The Statehood Day Essay Contest takes place annually in the fall and is open to all Indiana fourth graders. To start us thinking about the Indiana Bicentennial in 2016, this year’s theme is Hoosier Bicentennial Heroes. All Indiana students are taught Indiana history as part of their fourth-grade curriculum. The program is administered by the Indiana Statehouse Tour Office and Indiana Center for the Book, a program of the Indiana State Library and affiliate of the National Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The essays are judged by a panel of Indiana State Library staff and volunteer educators.

Visit www.in.gov/library/statehood.htm for a complete listing of past winners and full contest details.

About Statehood Day:
On December 11, 1816, Indiana became the 19th state to join the Union. This year, Indiana Statehood Day celebrates Indiana's 197th birthday. A special ceremony is held annually on December 11 at the Indiana Statehouse. In addition to the ceremony, educational programming and interactive displays designed for fourth graders are presented by executive offices and state agencies throughout the Statehouse before and after the ceremony.

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Contact Information:
Name: Drew Griffis
Phone: 317-650-6158
Email: agriffis@library.in.gov
Hoosier Bicentennial Heroes
Entry Type:
Press Release
Entry Category:
  • Celebrations
  • Hoosier History
  • IN.gov Category:
  • About Indiana
  • Agency Name
    Library, Indiana State

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