2020 Silver Pen Winners
On April 3rd, Wildewood Downs, a luxury senior living community in Columbia, announced the winners of the Silver Pen Scholarship Competition. The Silver Pen Competition has been hosted by Wildewood Downs parent company, The Maxwell Group, since 2012. The Maxwell Group has awarded over $275,000 to high school seniors to assist with their college costs. The goal of the competition is to bridge the communication gap between high school seniors and community Members.
The community Members at Wildewood Downs play an integral role as judges in the competition. “It’s a great scholarship opportunity, as local students write essays on a chosen topic and our Members get to read and judge the entries based on the set criteria” said Terri Hutton, Wildewood Downs executive director. “Our Members love participating and it’s a great way to connect with our local community”. This year, the essay topic chosen by Wildewood Downs was “What can older generations learn from younger generations to be more successful in life?”. All entries were required to be written between 600 – 1000 words.
This year $3,750 in scholarships were awarded for the top three entries. Congratulations to:
1st Place Winner – Alexandria Hatchell, Blythewood High School
2nd Place Winner – Anika Nair, Spring Valley High School
3rd Place Winner – James Marion, Gray Collegiate Academy
The Silver Pen Competition is open to high school seniors who live or attend school within 25 miles of Wildewood Downs, employees of Wildewood Downs and their families, and community residents’ immediate family. Members at Wildewood Downs play two integral roles in the competition. The panel chooses the essay topic for the competition and once the essays are submitted, the panel gathers to judge the entries and choose a winner. To keep the competition fair, all personal identifiers (name, school, contact information) are redacted when the essays are submitted to the Maxwell Group. Each essay is then given a unique number and distributed for judging. Judges assess the essays based on research, insight and perspective, theme development, inspirational quality, meaningful personal connect, creativity and clarity of ideas.
To learn more about the Silver Pen Competition, visit silverpen-slc.com. Wildewood Downs, is an all-inclusive luxury retirement community with Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing and Rehab services. The community’s premier lifestyle helps Members live longer, healthier, happier lives. For more information about Wildewood Downs, visit Wildewood-Downs.com.