Rep. Arnold: Calling all fourth graders: What does Indiana mean to you?

Posted by: Peter Hoffman  | Monday, September 26, 2016

Throughout this bicentennial year, we are celebrating Indiana’s rich history through events, festivals and a statewide torch relay. Hoosiers of all ages have helped commemorate our state’s 200th birthday. Another way our young ones can get involved this historic year is by taking part in the Statehood Day essay contest. Every year all fourth-grade public, private or home-schooled students in Indiana are invited to participate in an annual essay contest on Indiana history. Fourth grade is when every young Hoosier studies the subject.

Essay submissions should focus on this year’s theme: "Hoosier Bicentennial and Beyond!" Judges will be broad in their interpretations of the theme. A few examples of essay topics are: How have you celebrated Indiana’s 200th birthday? How has this changed you? What is next for Indiana? The essays need to meet these guidelines: Range from 100-300 words, can be handwritten or typed, should be reflective of the theme and convey clear thoughts about Indiana turning 200, and must be postmarked by Friday, Oct. 21, to the following address: Indiana Center for the Book, Suzanne Walker, 140 N. Senate Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Essays can also be emailed to by 5 p.m. on Oct. 21, and need to include the student's name, teacher's name, school's name, address, telephone number and email address for either the student's teacher or parent/guardian. A panel of judges will select first, second, third and fourth-place winners. The winner and finalists, along with their class, will be invited to attend the Statehood Day ceremony in Indianapolis on Friday, Dec. 9. For more information please visit

The Indiana Statehouse Tour Office, along with the Indiana Center for the Book and the Indiana State Library, is hosting the competition. I hope you will encourage the fourth graders in our area to submit an essay because I know they are well prepared for this opportunity. All Hoosiers should be able to take part in the celebration of this historic year and this competition is a great way to get our young ones involved. Good luck to all the students who send in an essay.

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State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) represents portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.

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