MANCHESTER, N.H. — The New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, has appointed a local student an ambassador of the institute for the Spring 2018 term.

Jordan Cook of Biddeford, Class of 2021, is the ambassador of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics for the spring term.

Cook, a politics major, said he feels that his generation isn’t interested politics, and hopes to change that by displaying the impacts that can be made when taking a stand.

“People really need to stand up in politics,” Cook said. “As a generation we need to be more involved in politics, and also in our communties.”

Founded in 1889, Saint Anselm College is a nationally-ranked four-year liberal arts college providing a 21st century education in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition, according to its website. Located in the greater Boston region in southern New Hampshire, Saint Anselm is well known for its strong liberal arts curriculum, and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

Cook said that with New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary, the NHIOP is a nearly-mandatory campaign stop for aspirants for the country’s highest office.

This reputation provides exeptional opportunities for students to be in the front row of a democratic process that impacts the world, Cook said. 

The New Hampshire Institute of Politics was founded on the premise that an educated citizenry is vital for a healthy democracy, according to its website. Its nonpartisan mission is to educate, engage and empower citizens to participate in the civic and political life of their local, national and global communities.

Cook joins an elite group of the Saint Anselm College student body selected to join the Kevin B. Harrington Student Ambassador program at the NHIOP.

These student leaders play an important role in welcoming, supporting, and introducing presidential and congressional candidates, public figures and a range of scholars who headline the institute’s dozens of political events. 

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