One Pen Can Change the World


NWPNH, in partnership with ACLU-NH, is proud to announce the winners of the “One Pen Can Change the World” writing contest in which middle, high school, and college students were invited to write about civil rights, social justice, and free speech.  Winners at each level will receive $250, and publication on each organization’s website. In addition, winners will receive two complimentary tickets to the ACLU-NH Bill of Rights Awards Ceremony on June 3rd, where they will be invited to read their winning essays.

Winners:  One Pen Can Change the World Essay Contest 2018

Click on the title to read the essay.

Middle School:

Jessica Stanton, Sant Bani School, grade 8

Essay title: “Free Speech:  A Double-edged Sword”


High School:

Emily Buehne, Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, grade 9

Essay Title: “The School Shooter Generation”



Casey Ouellette, Plymouth State University, Junior

Essay Title: “Checking My Privilege”