Gutwein: Local student earns top spot in essay contest

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Wednesday, December 12, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 12, 2018) – Mylee Sinn, a Van Rensselaer Elementary School student, was recently selected as the winner of Indiana’s Statehood Day Essay Contest, according to State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville). 

Sinn, a fourth-grade student, was recognized Tuesday at the Statehouse for her essay, “Why I Am Proud to Be a Hoosier,” at the 2018 Indiana Statehood Day celebration honoring Indiana’s 202nd birthday.

“Mylee’s essay is an excellent example of what it means to be a Hoosier in our great state,” Gutwein said. “She’s made her family, school and community proud. I have no doubt she will go on to do great things and has a bright future ahead of her.”

Sinn’s essay touched on her favorite things about living in the Hoosier state, including her hometown of Rensselaer. In her essay, she said, “My hometown, Rensselaer, is a small farming community in Indiana…I am so proud to belong to a community where farmers work so hard to bring food to tables all over the world.”

The Statehood Day Essay Contest takes place annually in the fall and is open to all Hoosier fourth graders. All Indiana students are taught the state’s history as part of their fourth-grade curriculum. The essay program is administered by the Indiana Statehouse Tour Office and Indiana Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The essays are judged by a panel of Indiana State Library staff and volunteer educators.

To read Sinn’s essay, visit


State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) represents House District 16, which
includes all of Pulaski County and portions of Fulton, Jasper, Newton and Stark counties.
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CAPTION: (From left to right) Jason Sinn, Kate Sinn and Mylee Sinn join State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) at the Statehouse on Dec. 11, 2018, for the Indiana Statehood Day ceremony. M. Sinn, a fourth-grade student at Van Rensselaer Elementary School, won the 2018 Indiana Statehood Day Essay Contest with her essay, “Why I Am Proud to Be a Hoosier.”