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December 9, 2009

What Indiana means to her

Megan Moran's essay judged best in the state, earns Killbuck class a trip to Statehouse

ANDERSON­ — Megan Moran’s Hoosier pride shines through in the words to her essay, “What Indiana Means to Me.” And now Megan’s classmates, family and school can be proud of her for winning a statewide essay contest that wins them a trip to the Capitol.

Megan’s essay victory means that she and her fourth-grade classmates at Killbuck Elementary School will travel to Indianapolis for a Statehood Day ceremony on Friday.

“I’m going to read my essay to the people at the Statehouse,” said 9-year-old Megan.

“It’s amazing,” she said of her essay being selected as the state’s best.

Monday, Megan practiced reading her speech before her classmates, winning applause when she finished.

“We’ve very proud of her,” said Megan’s teacher, Dawn Sachse.

As part of a class project, Killbuck fourth-grade students wrote essays about what Indiana means to them, said principal Scott Merkle.

Merkle said Megan’s essay stood out in a field of more than 2,500 essays submitted by fourth-graders around the state.

“I’m surprised in the fact that this is pretty exclusive,” Merkle said. “I’m not surprised at Megan.”

He said Megan is “very comfortable when it comes to writing.” Megan said she likes to write about animals, and has shared stories that she has written.

“I wrote stories last year for the nursing home,” she said.

The Statehood Day Essay Contest takes place annually in October and November and is open to all Indiana fourth-graders, according to Merkle.

Indiana students are taught state history as part of the fourth-grade curriculum, and Merkle said the essays are judged by a panel of Indiana State Library staff.

Indiana Statehood Day is Dec. 11, and this year marks the state’s 192nd birthday. Indiana became the 19th state to join the union on Dec. 11, 1816.

Contact Dave Stafford: 648-4250,

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