4th Grade Student Essay Competition – Celebrating a Diverse Indiana

Posted on September 11, 2020

by Fonda Owens

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!

First Place: CollegeChoice 529 Deposit of $250!

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

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

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?


  • 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.


Email your entries as an attachment to youngreaderscenter@library.in.gov
Emailed entries must be received by Friday, October 16, 2020.

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: https://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.

Fonda Owens

Fonda Owens

Fonda Owens is the Director at La Porte County Public Library. A native of Virginia, she has made her home in Indiana along with her family. Growing up in rural Appalachia, she brings a thirst for knowledge, discovery, and opportunity to her work and strives to inspire it in others. Baking and kayaking are her current interests but she could find something new and fascinating at any minute.
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