The Camden Conference, whose mission is to foster informed discourse on world issues, has chosen the winners of the annual Bill Taylor Award for the high school level essay contest related to the 2021 Camden Conference, The Geopolitics of the Arctic. Ryan Young of Brewer High School wrote an essay focused on the impact of Russian climate policy in the Arctic and possible resolution of the conflicts the policy invites. The readers found Ryan's thesis "concise, well focused and interesting."
The Bill Taylor Award was created by its namesake in 2015 to promote student research. Taylor was a long-time Camden Conference supporter with a strong interest in education. The Education programs of the Camden Conference are designed to promote knowledge, perspectives, and dialogue opportunities on world affairs with high school and college educators and their students. Several Maine high schools and colleges offer academic courses based on the annual Conference topic. Twenty percent of the nearly 1200 Conference attendees are high school and college students
The Conference congratulates our winners and thanks all of the students who participated! The winning essays are posted on their website: www.camdenconference.org