INDIANAPOLIS -- State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) recently announced local fourth-graders have an opportunity to participate in an essay competition in conjunction with "Indiana Statehood Day," a celebration of the state's 195th birthday.
The Indiana Statehouse Tour Office is sponsoring the competition. Winners will be honored at the Statehood Day Celebration taking place Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, from noon-1 p.m., at the statehouse.
All essays must be received or postmarked by Oct. 28, 2011.
"With Indiana's fourth-grade classrooms teaching Indiana's history, the essay competition is a great way to have fourth-graders involved in celebrating Indiana and what it means to be a Hoosier," Baird said.
The competition rules are as follows:
* The competition is open to any Indiana fourth-grade student,
* Essays need to range from 100-400 words, handwritten or typed,
* Essays must include student's name, teacher's name, and the school's name, address and telephone number. Make sure the school name is on every essay, and
* Essay 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?
A group of selected judges will read through all entries and then choose first-, second- and third-place winners.
The first-place winner will be invited to read his or her essay at the Dec. 9, ceremony.
"I want to encourage fourth-graders from all over the state to participate in this competition and celebrate our great state on its 195th birthday," Baird said.
Baird represents Indiana's 44th District, which covers all of Putnam County and includes portions of Clay, Parke and Vigo counties.