- Associated Press - Sunday, February 15, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire high school students can participate in an essay contest celebrating the 100th anniversary of the state’s presidential primary.

The contest is open to students enrolled in civics, U.S. government or political science courses in grades 9 through 12. The application deadline is April 24.

The contest is sponsored by AARP New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.

Students are invited to submit an essay about New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary and the important civic role New Hampshire citizens play in nominating our president. Applicants should explore the greater significance of the primary and why political participation truly matters

Essays shall not exceed 350 words. They will be judged on the basis of adherence to the designated theme, originality and effectiveness of presentation.



The panel of judges will include retired educators, Saint Anselm College education department faculty, Saint Anselm students, and a New Hampshire state official.

The first New Hampshire presidential primary was first held in 1916 and has been the first-in-the-nation since 1920.

Online:

www.anselm.edu/nhprimary100years .

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