[76] Rep. McNamara: Celebrating Indiana's 195th Birthday (10/17/2011)

Monday, October 17, 2011 7:00 pm

STATEHOUSE—State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Indianapolis) is encouraging local fourth graders to participate in an essay competition in conjunction with “Indiana Statehood Day,” a celebration of Indiana’s 195th birthday.

The Indiana Statehouse Tour Office is sponsoring the competition.

“This essay competition is a great academic way for fourth graders to express why they are proud to live in Indiana,” said Rep. McNamara. “I hope all eligible students take advantage of this unique opportunity and help celebrate Indiana’s 195th birthday.”

The theme is “What Indiana means to me” and the competition rules are:

• The competition is open to any Indiana fourth grade 

   public, private or home school student.

• Essays need to range from 100 to 400 words,

   handwritten or typed.

• Essays must include student’s name, teacher’s name,

   and the school’s name, address and telephone number. 

   Please make sure the school name is on every essay.

• Essays should convey: What living in the State of

   Indiana means to the student—what are the things

   that make the student glad that he or she is a Hoosier?

All essays must be received or postmarked by October 28, 2011.

Winners will be honored at the Statehood Day Celebration taking place on Friday, December 9, 2011 from 12:00 to 1:00 P.M. EST, at the Indiana Statehouse. The first place winner will be invited to read his or her essay at the ceremony.

“Students learn about state history in the fourth grade and this is a great way for them to apply their knowledge,” said Rep. McNamara.

Please send essays to:

Jennifer Hodge, State Capitol Tour Office

Indiana Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St. Room 220

Indianapolis, IN 46204.

For more information on the contest please call the State Capital Tour Office at 317-233-9830 or visit: http://www.in.gov/library/statehood.htm