Non­fic­tion: State Your Bev­er­age

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Many peo­ple as­so­ciate drink­ing ap­ple cider with pop­u­lar fall ac­tiv­i­ties in the north­ern and eastern United States, such as ap­ple pick­ing and leaf peep­ing, but few likely know it is New Hamp­shire’s of­fi­cial bev­er­age. The state ap­proved the of­fi­cial des­ig­na­tion in 2010 fol­low­ing a pe­ti­tion sub­mit­ted by fourth-grade stu­dents. In fact, more than half the states in this coun­try have of­fi­cial bev­er­ages, a trend started by Ohio, which made tomato juice its of­fi­cial bev­er­age in 1965, and fol­lowed by Mas­sachusetts (cran­berry juice) and Florida (or­ange juice). Many other states (Wis­con­sin, New York, Vermont, and Ore­gon among them) se­lected milk. Write a per­sonal es­say or man­i­festo un­der the premise of pe­ti­tion­ing for your own bev­er­age of choice. Sup­port your ar­gu­ment with per­sonal mem­o­ries, anecdotes, and re­search.

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