Local Grad Wins Naval Academy Essay Award

Christian Perkins ’11 writes on water scarcity

University of Mary Washington student and Haldane High School graduate Christian Perkins was the winner of the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs essay competition, presented at the organization’s 55th annual conference in Annapolis, Maryland.

Perkins’ essay, “Conflict and Water Scarcity,” explores how water scarcity exacerbates conflict in states and regions that experience extreme drought. Perkins’ essay was recognized out of more than 150 delegates’ papers representing universities from around the world.

Perkins is the son of Patrick and Luisa Perkins of Sierra, California, and graduated from Haldane in 2011. He is the seventh political science or international affairs student from UMW to have won the competition.

Since 1960, the U.S. Naval Academy has hosted undergraduate students from the U.S and around the world to discuss a theme from current global affairs in a conference, which took place in April. This year, the conference focused on global security in a resource-strained world.

According to Jack Kramer, chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations, the award was an enormous honor to Perkins and to the university.

The University of Mary Washington is a selective public liberal arts and sciences university in Virginia.

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