LHS junior's essay wins N.H. Constitution Day contest

LACONIA — High School junior, Andrew Emanuel, has been recognized statewide for his literary and musical achievements. As the award winner for New Hampshire's Constitution Day Essay Contest, he met Associate Supreme Court Justice Carol Ann Conboy during a recent recognition event.

For an AP American Studies assignment, Emanuel was asked to write a short essay regarding whether or not the government reserves the right to invade people's privacy by reading personal e-mails, text messages, and tapping into phone calls.

Emanuel took the stand in his essay the right to one's privacy is protected by both the Constitution and ethically, therefore there is very limited right for the government to take these freedoms away. To make the argument as sound as possible, he provided evidence from both sides of the spectrum, as it gave him an opportunity to refute the opposing argument. Through his opposition paragraph, Emanuel provided the viewpoint that the government invading our privacy can be done at a steep cost, and should not be taken advantage of.

In reaction to winning the award Emanuel stated, "I was incredibly surprised because I'm not usually one to win these types of things. It was a great confidence booster for my writing."

Emanuel traveled to the Supreme Court of New Hampshire on November 11 to read his essay to a small group of people. Some of those in attendance included the five runners up for the high school contest and six individuals who participated in the middle school contest. During the event Emanuel was congratulated by various individuals, including Justice Conboy. Emanuel also received congratulatory letters from U.S. House Members Carol Shea-Porter, District 1 and Ann McLane Kuster, District 2 and from U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen.

In addition to his literary achievement, Emanuel was selected for N.H. All State for Symphonic Band for the clarinet. This event will be held in the April of 2014. Musical achievements are held in highest esteem by Emanuel, and during his career as a musician with the Laconia High School Band, under the instruction of Debbie Gibson, he has been selected for All New England Band Ensemble during both his sophomore and junior years, for the Lakes Region Music Festival as both a freshmen and sophomore (concert band) and for the jazz band (1st tenor saxophone) this school year. He attended Drum Major Academy in the summer of 2013, and played at the Shrine Bowl in 2012 and 2013.

“Winning the essay and the musical achievements have given me a better idea of what I want to do in the future,” said Emanuel. “I am now definitely aiming to pick a career that is more humanities focused."


CAPTION — Statewide Constitution Day Essay winner Andrew Emanuel is congratulated by Associate Justice Carol Ann Conboy of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. (Courtesy photo)