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What Indiana Means to MeFourth Grade Student Essay Competition

The Indiana State House Tour Office is coordinating an essay competition in conjunction with the Indiana State Library to commemorate a celebration of Indiana’s 196th birthday, “Indiana Statehood Day.”  Winners will be honored at the Statehood Day Celebration taking place at the Indiana State House on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 from Noon-1 p.m. EST. 

Invitation letter to Indiana 4th graders

Competition Rules

  • The competition is open to any Indiana fourth grade public, private or homeschooled student.
  • Essays must range from 100 to 400 words, handwritten or typed.
  • Essays must include the student’s name, teacher’s name and the school’s name, address, and telephone number or email address.  Without this information, the essay will be deemed ineligible.
  • Essays should convey what living in the state of Indiana means.  What makes the student happy to be a Hoosier.
  • Essays must be received or postmarked by Friday, November 2, 2012.  Mailed essays should be sent to:

    Indiana Center for the Book
    315 West Ohio Street
    Indianapolis, IN  46202

  • A panel of judges will choose first, second, third and fourth place winners.

All winners will be invited to read his or her essay at the December 11th ceremony!

Thanks to the Indiana State Library and our panel of judges for their participation. More information and previous winning essays.