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Indiana Statehood Day Essay Contest

By State Library

Friday, October 16, 2020 12:00am to 12:00am

State House; Indiana State Library

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4th Grade Student Essay Competition - Celebrating a Diverse Indiana

What is diversity and why is it important to Indiana? Fourth graders! Write an essay, and you could be honored at a virtual Statehood Day celebration!

1st Place Winner: CollegeChoice 529 Deposit of $250!

2nd, 3rd, and 4th Place Winners: CollegeChoice 529 Deposits of $150!

Entry forms are available here: www.in.gov/library/statehood.htm

— ESSAY CONTEST RULES AND DEADLINES —

The competition is open to any Indiana 4th grade public, private, or homeschooled student, in the 2020-2021 school year. A panel of judges will choose 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place winners. Essays must range from 100 to 300 words, handwritten or typed. Essays must be submitted with an entry form. Individual entries should use the 2020 Individual Entry form. Class sets should use the 2020 Group Entry Form. The following information should be included on each essay for class sets: student name, teacher name, and school name. All Entries may be mailed OR emailed. Mail your entries to: Indiana Center for the Book Indiana State Library 140 N. Senate Ave Indianapolis, IN 46204 Mailed essays must be postmarked by Friday, October 16, 2020. OR: Email your entries as an attachment to youngreaderscenter@library.in.gov Emailed entries must be received by Friday, October 16, 2020. Writing Prompt: Celebrating a Diverse Indiana - What is diversity and why is it important to Indiana? Essays should be well organized and reflective of the theme. Judges are looking forward to seeing your students’ interpretation of the theme. Some ideas to help them could be: What is diversity? What does it mean to live in a diverse state? In what different ways can a state be diverse? In its people? Its plants? Its economy?

Virtual Ceremony Hosted by the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center:

Winners of the essay contest will be honored on Friday, December 11, 2020 in a virtual ceremony. The winners will be expected to record their essays for a virtual ceremony open to any fourth grade class or student.

Any Indiana fourth grade class or student is welcome to attend the Statehood Day virtual ceremony, regardless of whether or not they participate in the contest or have a winner. Registration is required.

Visit this link to register for the online virtual ceremony: bit.ly/Statehood_Day

Questions? Email youngreaderscenter@library.in.gov.

This contest supports the following Indiana Educational Standards: 4.W.3.2, 4.W.4, 4.W.6.1 all, 4.W.6.2 all. The Indiana Center for the Book hosts this essay competition to commemorate Indiana’s 204th Statehood Day.

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