The Camden Conference Bill Taylor Award has been granted to four Maine students, for their Camden Conference-related essays.

Ruth O. Griffith, a student at Piscataquis Community High School in Guilford is the First Prize winner for her essay related to the 2022 Camden Conference, Europe: Challenged at Home and Abroad. The Second Prize winner was Thomas Lowell of Gould Academy in Bethel. Samantha Goodwin of Piscataquis CHS, and Burke MacLeay of Gould Academy shared Third Prize.

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 Camden Conference education programs 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 1,200 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.

The winning essays are posted on

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