Sugar Grove Elementary student wins 500 Festival Education Program Essay Contest

Sugar Grove Elementary student wins 500 Festival Education Program Essay Contest

Tue, 2013-05-07 11:15

INDIANAPOLIS (May 7, 2013) – The 500 Festival announced today that the winner of the 2013 Education Program Essay Contest is Ty Hohlt from Sugar Grove Elementary School. The 500 Festival received more than 1,000 entries from fourth grade students across the state who were enrolled in the 500 Festival & Indianapolis 500® Education Program, presented by Indiana University Health.

The prompt for the essay contest asked students to imagine that they are one of 33 drivers to take the green flag for the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500. They were asked to describe, in detail, their last lap of the race. The 300-word essays were judged on the basis of focused ideas, compelling word choice, strong voice and standard writing principles.

For his outstanding essay, Ty will receive a 500 Festival gift pack including four tickets to the IPL 500 Festival Parade and four tickets to the Indianapolis 500®. Connie Diaz, fourth grade teacher at Sugar Grove Elementary, will also receive two qualification tickets and two tickets to the IPL 500 Festival Parade.

Isabelle Baxter from Sugar Grove Elementary and Zachary Bender from Ascension Lutheran School were the runners-up and will each receive a 500 Festival gift pack. All student participants will receive a signed Hero Card from an IndyCar driver.

To view the winning essay, please click here.

The 500 Festival and Indianapolis 500® Education Program, presented by Indiana University Health is an award-winning program for Indiana fourth grade students that opens up the world of the 500 Festival and Indianapolis 500 and their important place in Indiana’s history and culture. Through an Indiana Academic Standards based curriculum, the program offers a variety of interesting and thought-provoking lessons and projects and a unique opportunity to visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for an educational Study Trip during the months of April and May. This year nearly 24,000 Indiana fourth graders will participate in the award-winning program, with 10,000 students attending a Study Trip. More than 200,000 students have participated since the program’s inception in 2004.

The 500 Festival and Indianapolis 500® Education Program, presented by Indiana University Health is sponsored by the 500 Festival, the 500 Festival Foundation, Indianapolis Motor Speedway®, Indiana University Health, Methodist Health Foundation,  AAA Travel, the American Dairy Association of Indiana, Inc., BKD, LLP and the IZOD IndyCar Series®.

The mission of the 500 Festival is to advocate and celebrate the spirit, heritage and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®. Through social, cultural and educational events and programs, the 500 Festival enhances the quality of life for all citizens of our communities.

The 500 Festival, a not-for-profit volunteer organization, was created in 1957 to organize civic events celebrating the greatest race in the world. Over the past 56 years, the 500 Festival has grown to become one of the largest festivals in the nation.

Last year, more than 500,000 Hoosiers and visitors participated in nearly 50 events and programs throughout the month of May. Whether they were athletes running the Mini-Marathon, fourth grade students participating in the Education Program, families enjoying the state’s largest festival for kids or spectators being dazzled by one of the nation’s premier parades, they were there, celebrating the legacy.

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