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The Indiana State House Tour Office in conjunction with the Indiana Center for the Book and the Indiana State Library is hosting an essay competition to commemorate Indiana Statehood Day 2013, a celebration of Indiana’s 197th birthday. To start us thinking about our 200th Statehood Day in 2016, this year’s theme is Hoosier Bicentennial Heroes. Winners of the Hoosier Bicentennial Heroes essay contest will be honored at the Statehood Day Celebration at one of four participating locations on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.
Hoosier Bicentennial Heroes essay contest rules:
Indiana Center for the Book
c/o Suzanne Walker
140 N. Senate Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
The winners, along with their class, will be invited to read his or her essays at one of the four participating locations on December 11th for Indiana’s 197th Statehood Day.
The Statehood Day Essay Contest takes place annually in the fall and is open to all Indiana fourth graders. 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, an 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. The winner and finalists, along with their class, are invited to attend the Statehood Day Ceremony.
Congratulations to Jaime Poynter of Greenwood Bible Baptist School on winning the 2012 "What Indiana Means to Me" essay contest! (view release)
Thank you to the nearly 1,000 Hoosier fourth-graders that entered this year's contest. This year's finalists were as follows: