Hoosier Heroines Essay Contest

Hoosier Heroines

Celebrating 200 Years of Women's History in Indiana
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. 

A recording of the March 30,2016 ceremony can be viewed at https://indiana.adobeconnect.com/p6xlb7ayyod/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal

Contest Details

2016 Topic: Which Hoosier woman, who has contributed in the last 200 years to the field of, do you admire most and why?
Please select a women currently living or from history who has contributed to the field/industry assigned below according to grade level.

  • 5th grade – Agriculture
  • 6th grade – Suffrage
  • 7th grade – Business
  • 8th grade – Science
  • 9th grade – Education
  • This contest has been endorsed as a Bicentennial Legacy project.

    2016 Winning EssaysIndiana Bicentennial Legacy Project

    Gina Sheets
    5th grade – Madison Akridge, Dayton Elementary

    Zerelda Gray Wallace
    6th grade – Elizabeth Bowling, Crawfordsville Middle School

    Jennifer Vigran
    7th grade – Addison Ream, Eastern Middle School

    Janice E. Voss: A Leading Women in Science and Space
    8th grade – Maddie Nagel, Clay Middle School

    Eliza Blaker
    9th grade – Peace Green, Herron High School


    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