For a week or two early next year, all national eyes will be on New Hampshire – the first state to hold the presidential primary (and often the primary with the largest slate of candidates). In 2016, in the days leading up to the primary, students from around the country will also travel to New Hampshire for a chance to get up close and personal with those candidates. For the past several presidential elections, The New Hampshire Primary Student Convention, has been offering students a unique opportunity to engage in the political processes – one that organizers hope will spark a love of engagement that lasts well beyond this election cycle:
“Over a three-day period students will have the chance to personally meet candidates, elected officials, senior campaign staff, and media personalities,” said Dr. Wayne Lesperance, co-director of the Convention and political science professor at New England College. “Students will hear speeches, watch candidates interview with the press, be part of round table forums, and learn about a day in the life of a campaign from campaign volunteers and political advisors. We expect students to get a lot of pictures and autographs, hand-shaking, and campaign collectables like signs, pins, and bumper stickers.” In addition to the convention’s program of events there will also be educational exhibitor booths and table displays available for third-party vendor rental and promotion.
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