Local student wins Indiana’s Statehood Day Essay Contest

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Tuesday, December 12, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 12, 2017) — Anna Parrish, a Van Rensselaer Intermediate School student, was recognized this week at the Statehouse for winning Indiana’s Statehood Day Essay Contest, according to State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville).

Parrish, a fourth grader, was recognized today for her winning essay at the 2017 Indiana Statehood Day, celebrating Indiana’s 201st birthday at the Statehouse.

“This is the second year in a row a student from our area has won the essay contest,” Gutwein said. “Congratulations to Anna on her remarkable essay and this award. I look forward to seeing more accomplishments from her in the future.”

The Statehood Day Essay Contest takes place annually in the fall and is open to all Indiana fourth graders. The 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 Parrish’s essay, click here.


State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) represents House District 16, which includes all of

Pulaski County and portions of Fulton, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties.


A high-resolution photo of Gutwein can be downloaded by clicking here.


STATEHOOD DAY ESSAY CONTEST WINNER: State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) joins (left to right) Sarah Taylor, fourth grade teacher at Van Rensselaer Intermediate School, Charles Parrish, Elaine Parrish and Anna Parrish during the 2017 Statehood Day at the Indiana Statehouse.