- Skip Navigation

Note: This message is displayed if (1) your browser is not standards-compliant or (2) you have you disabled CSS. Read our Policies for more information.

Indiana Department of Administration

IDOA > Statehouse Tour Office > Hoosier Heroines Essay Contest Hoosier Heroines Essay Contest

Hoosier Heroines

Moments in History
First Lady Karen Pence

Students in grades 5 – 9 have an opportunity to complete an essay challenge for a chance to visit the Indiana Statehouse as a special guest of First Lady Karen Pence and Indiana’s female statewide office holders.

Contest Details

2015 Topic: Discuss a pivotal moment in U.S. or Indiana history and the role Hoosier women played in it. Your essay’s focus can be political, cultural or personal.

2015 Winning Essays

The First Female Engineer in Indiana
5th grade – Samantha Mesterharm, Mary Castle Elementary

The First Female Millionaire
6th grade – Lindsey Pickens, Western Middle School

Madam C. J. Walker
7th grade – Lilly O’Shea, St. Paul Catholic School

The Queen of Agriculture
8th grade – Abigail Vinarcik, Lafayette Catholic School

A Heroine and the Trials
9th grade – Christopher Pack, Indianapolis Metropolitan High School

2014 Winning Essays

Toni Ashley - Compassionate and Courageous
6th Grade – Elizabeth Cooper

First Lady Karen Pence
7th Grade – Diamond Miller

A Girl Who Will Fly
8th Grade – Lizzy Frazier

An Unnoticed Heroine
9th Grade – Emily Jones