May 16, 2005


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Kevin Conner, a senior at Lewisburg Area High School, has been selected the winner of the inaugural Bucknell University Conservatives Club (BUCC) "Informed Discourse" essay contest.

As winner, Conner will receive a $250 prize. The contest was open to college-bound high school seniors in Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties.

Conner, who is the son of Pam and Bob Conner, Lewisburg, has been accepted at the University of Oregon where he will major in English.

His essay, "Abandon Your Wings," explored the global environmental issue of energy needs in light of the growing demands on the world's oil supply and the increasingly important need for alternative energy sources especially bio-diesel fuel.

Judges for the essay contest were Bucknell senior Charles Mitchell and 2004 Bucknell graduate Josh Fisher. According to Mitchell, the entries were judged "not on the ideology expressed but on the quality of the writing and the degree to which the writer seems likely to be a force for change during his or her college years."

Senior editor of the BUCC magazine The Counterweight, Mitchell also serves as vice chairman of Young Conservatives of Pennsylvania. He is a founding member and former president of the Bucknell University Conservatives Club.

Fisher, a graduate student at the University of Oregon, served as president of the liberal Bucknell Caucus for Economic Justice and editor of its magazine, The Catalyst, as well as president of FLAGB&T (Friends of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgendered.)

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