The ACLU of New Hampshire is proud to recently have collaborated with the National Writing Project in New Hampshire (NWPNH) for a statewide essay contest on civil rights.

The contest was open to middle school, high school, and undergraduate college students at public and private New Hampshire institutions. Financial prizes have been awarded to first place winners in each of the three school categories and will be guests of the ACLU of NH to our annual Bill of Rights Awards Ceremony on Sunday, June 3, 2018. Winning essays are published below. 

As the New Hampshire chapter of the National Writing Project, founded in 2002, the NWPNH shares the values of the national organization: equity, diversity, and excellence. NWPNH believes that access to high quality educational experiences is a basic right of all learners and a cornerstone of equity. Through building an extensive network of teacher leaders, NWPNH seeks to promote exemplary instruction of writing in every classroom in the state. Click here to learn more about NWPNH, visit their website.

WINNING CONTEST ESSAYS: Contestants chose to write on one of two civil rights issues: Social Justice or Free Speech.

Middle School: “Free Speech: A Double-edged Sword”                                    Jessica Stanton, Grade 8                                                        Sant Bani School, Sanbornton                                                                                                            High School: “The School Shooter Generation”                                             Emily Buehne, Grade 9                                                         Coe-Brown Academy, Northwood                                                                                                      College: “Checking My Privilege”                                                         Casey Ouellette, Junior                                                         Plymouth State University, Plymouth