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Greenwood Student Reads Award-winning Essay at Statehood Day Ceremony

INDIANAPOLIS (December 11, 2012) - It's the state's "can do" attitude that makes Jamie Poynter proud to be called a Hoosier. She went on to say that Hoosiers "lend a hand to those in need, and care for the hurting in times of losses" in front of a large Statehood Day Ceremony crowd at the Indiana Statehouse this afternoon.  The fourth-grader from Greenwood Bible Baptist School was honored by Governor Mitch Daniels, Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David and other top elected officials for winning the 2012 "What Indiana Means to Me" essay contest.

Jamie became the third of her siblings to have their essay recognized. Her sister, Emily, took top honors in 2008 and brother, Jack, was an honorable mention in 2010. Three more students selected from nearly 1,000 entries were also recognized this year. They include:

  • 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

The first-place winner received a $300 College Choice 529 Scholarship, second-place a $200 and third place $100 scholarship on behalf of the State of Indiana. Each finalists' school library will receive a set of the Young Patriot Series Indiana Collection, donated by Florrie Binford Kichler of Patria Press. Additionally, all the winners and their respective classes were invited to participate in Statehood Day activities throughout the day at the Statehouse, Indiana State Library, Indiana State Museum and Indiana Historical Society.

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.

Click here to read Jaime's award-winning essay in its entirety. Visit for a complete listing of past winners and full contest details.

About Statehood Day:
On December 11, 1816, Indiana became the 19th state to join the Union. This year, Indiana Statehood Day celebrates Indiana's 196th birthday. A special ceremony is held annually on December 11 at the Indiana Statehouse. In addition to the ceremony, educational programming and interactive displays designed for fourth graders are presented by executive offices and state agencies throughout the Statehouse before and after the ceremony.


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