Congrats Winners!

The Silver Pen Writing Competition is an essay contest held for high school seniors to give them the opportunity to win cash for college. With today’s rising college tuition costs, there’s a need for alternative financial pathways outside of financial aid, and the Silver Pen Writing Competition is designed to help alleviate some of those burdens. At Wildewood Downs, our Members are proud to participate as organizers and judges of this competition as a unique way to give back to these graduating high schoolers.

On May 13th, Wildewood Downs awarded three cash prizes to essay applicants of the Silver Pen Writing Competition during a dinner ceremony. Each essay topic was chosen by Wildewood Downs Members who make up the judging panel, essays were based on the topic: ‘Provide an example of how you have demonstrated leadership to make a positive impact in your community (family, work experience, school, community, services efforts, etc.). Describe the impact of your efforts and why it was meaningful to you.’ This year’s $3,750 in prize money were awarded to:

1st Place Winner

Juliette Maxfield

Richland Northeast High School

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Future Plans: Juliette is planning on attending Wofford College, majoring in Biology.

2nd Place Winner

Jorden Jeffers

Blythewood High School

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Future Plans: Jordan plans on attending the University of South Carolina Honors College.

3rd Place Winner

Molly Mazoue

Cardinal Newman High School

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Future Plans: Molly is currently undecided on her postgraduate plans but looks forward to utilizing her prize from the Silver Pen Competition to fund her studies.

“The Silver Pen Competition is very important to Wildewood Downs and students in northeast Columbia because it affords our residents, and company the opportunity to give back,” says Wildewood Downs Executive Director, Terri Hutton. “Additionally, it encourages students to think critically and see different perspectives. Lastly, it allows our community to sow a small seed of promise in hopes of creating a harvest for future leaders in Columbia and the surrounding areas.”

This competition has been hosted by Wildewood Downs’ parent company, The Maxwell Group, since 2012. The company has awarded over $386,000 to high school seniors to assist with their college costs. The company has awarded over $386,000 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 senior residents as well as give back to exceptional students within the local area. Each participant is required to submit a written essay with a minimum of 1,000 words.

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