"Having a lot of siblings helps," said the youngest of five. "There is a lot of argumentation on that front."
Participating in a top-notch college debate program and having a supportive family also helps, he said.
Doug Hanson, his father, said the family is proud of what his son has accomplished.
"To go to that level is amazing," he said. "He is like a walking encyclopedia. We're looking forward to what the future has for him."
When he graduates from Grove City this spring, Hanson intends to attend graduate school, working toward his goal of becoming a policy analyst. He has applied to nine schools, and is waiting to hear where he will be accepted.
He only gets a chance to come home during school breaks. He spent last summer working for the federal government in Washington. But his career path will lead him far away from the Granite State.
"There isn't very much international policy analysis in Southern New Hampshire," he said.
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