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The Camden Conference announces winners of Bill Taylor Award

Posted June 26, 2019

The Camden Conference is pleased to announce the awarding of the Bill Taylor Awards to three high school and two college students for their essays related to the 2019 Camden Conference, Is This China’s Century?. Bill Taylor, a long-time supporter of the Conference, created this award in 2014 to promote student research in support of his strong interest in education.

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 coursesbased on the annual Conference topic. Twenty percent of the nearly 1200 Conference attendees are high school and college students who receive Camden Conference scholarship funding to defray their registration cost. The students who enter the essay contest do not have to be enrolled in a Camden Conference course, but they do have to attend the Conference.

First prize in the high school contest went to Sophie Laurence from Gould Academy, for her essay Cybersovereignty: Redefining Digital Citizenship in the Cyber Era. Jennifer Simon from Piscataquis Community High School won the second prize for her essay A Global Solution. Third prize went to Caitlyn Drinkwater from Piscataquis Community High School,for her essay Human Rights in China.

The basis of the college student contest is the submission of an evidence-based research paper focused on one specific challenge that confronts the United States and its relations with China today as discussed during the 2019 Camden Conference Is This China’s Century? First prize for the college contest went to Pamela Schaltenbrand from the University of Maine at Augusta for her essay China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Second prize went to Melissa Verburght from the University of Maine at Augusta  for her essay entitled The Future of U.S.- China Trade: Partners or Opponents.

The Conference congratulates our winners. All of the winning essays are posted on our website:

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, visit,, or call 207-236-1034.