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Back in the 603: Contest Winner Shows What New Hampshire Means to Him

Andrew Cummings lived in Massachusetts for five years, but always planned to move back to his home state of New Hampshire because, “I love it here.”

Cummings showed how much he loves New Hampshire through a 60-second video he created that ended up winning the “What’s Your 603” video contest sponsored by the Community College System of New Hampshire.

The contest asked people throughout the state to share their stories of what New Hampshire means to them. The winning videos were determined through social media support on Facebook.

Shannon Reid, communications director for CCSNH, says retaining young people is a priority in New Hampshire and the contest was a way to share the stories of why people think this is a great place to live, work and go to school.

The contest is part of the system’s ongoing “College in the 603” campaign to engage high school students considering their next step, including college and pathways to great jobs. New Hampshire Community Colleges offer more than 200 associate degree and certificate programs at their seven main campuses and various academic centers throughout the state.

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Cummings said he originally saw an ad for the contest on Facebook and saw it again a few days later on Instagram.

“It seemed like it would be fun to do,” Cummings says. “It gave me a chance to look through all our photos.”

Cummings topped 1,000 votes to win the contest by more than 300 votes and earn the grand prize of $1,000. There were also prizes of $750 for second place and $250 for third place.

“We shared the video on Facebook with our friends and family a couple of times and it started to spread,” Cummings says. “I was checking every day to see where I was.”

Cummings, 31, is a land surveyor who grew up in Lebanon and now lives in Derry. He is getting married in July and said the money will help offset the expenses, including the cost of his fiancée’s wedding dress.

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