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Hoosier Bicentennial Heroes 

2013 Statehood Day Essay Contest

Congratulations to Andrew Knight of Our Lady of Grace School (Noblesville) on winning the 2013 "Hoosier Bicentennial Heroes" Statehood Day essay contest! Andrew's Hoosier Bicentennial Hero is the revered abolitionist Levi Coffin...learn more

Thank you to the hundreds of Hoosier fourth-graders that entered this year's contest. This year's finalists were as follows:

  • 1st Place: Andrew Knight, Our Lady of Grace (Noblesville) (essay)
  • 2nd Place: Skylar Ashcraft, Sacred Heart (Warsaw) (essay)
  • 3rd Place: Elizabeth Parrish, Van Rensselaer Elementary (Rensselaer) (essay)
  • 4th Place: Cate Lehner, St. Jude (Indianapolis) (essay)

The Indiana State House Tour Office in conjunction with the Indiana Center for the Book and the Indiana State Library hosted 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 was Hoosier Bicentennial Heroes. Winners of the Hoosier Bicentennial Heroes essay contest are honored at the Statehood Day Celebration at one of four participating locations on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.

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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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