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2012 Statehood Day Essay Contest

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:

  • 1st Place: Jaime Poynter, Greenwood Bible Baptist
  • 2nd Place: Grace Yang, New Britton (Fishers) Elementary
  • 3rd Place: Olivia Freeth, Pine Tree (Avon) Elementary School
  • 4th Place: Aria Miller, Bridgeport (Indianapolis) Elementary School

View Jaime Poynter's winning essay

About the Statehood Day Essay Contest

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.

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