2017 High School Students Essay Contest Winners

The Camden Conference is pleased to announce the winners of its third high school student essay contest which focused on the 2017 Conference theme: Refugees and Global Migration. First prize went to Zoe Bean from Gould Academy, working with teacher Dr. Brad Clarke, for her essay Afghan Refugee CrisisLena Downes from Piscataquis Community Secondary School, working with teacher Mr. Joseph Hennessey, won the second prize for her essay The US should help Turkey expand its refugee programs. Third prize went to Sam McMillan from Gould Academy, also working with Dr. Clarke, for his essay A Case for U.S. Responsibility and Iraqi Partition. The Conference congratulates our winners.

The essay contest is part of a special program for ten Maine high schools in 2016-17 called “Camden Conference in the Classroom” (CCC). Essay contest winners were enrolled in a course in their high school on refugees and participated in the 30th annual Camden Conference. Twenty percent of the 1,000 Conference attendees are high school and college students who receive Camden Conference scholarship funding to defray their registration cost.

1st Prize

Zoe Bean, Gould Academy 

2nd Prize

Lena Downes, Piscataquis Community Secondary School

3rd Prize

Sam McMillan, Gould Academy 

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