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From left: Danny Santos, Sarah Meister, and Michael Cummerford. The seniors at Mamaroneck High School in Westchester County, New York, are in New Hampshire with their AP Government class. (Dan Mauzy/WBUR)
From left: Danny Santos, Sarah Meister, and Michael Cummerford. The seniors at Mamaroneck High School in Westchester County, New York, are in New Hampshire with their AP Government class. (Dan Mauzy/WBUR)

Getting a hotel room in Manchester is not easy this week — it's nearly impossible. We assumed the reason we were having trouble booking rooms was because of the hundreds of journalists in town. But over the past few days, we've noticed our hotel is also filled with teenagers.

Turns out we're sharing space with 64 AP Government students from Mamaroneck High School in Westchester County, N.Y. They've been brought here by their brave teacher, Joe Liberti, to witness the political process in action. Over the past couple days they've been volunteering with the campaigns.

To hear how the New Hampshire primary is experienced by 17-year-olds, who can't even vote yet, we sat down with Liberti and a few of his students: Sarah Meister, Michael Cummerford and Danny Santos.

This program aired on January 10, 2012.

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