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 Wellmore of Daniel Island, 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 April 26th, Wellmore awarded three cash prizes to essay applicants of the Silver Pen Writing Competition during a dinner ceremony. Each essay topic was chosen by Wellmore Members who make up the judging panel, essays were based on the topic: ‘Eshpur Foster once stated, “We are nothing without our history.” How has someone in history personally molded your life and how?’ This year’s $3,750 in prize money were awarded to:

1st Place Winner

Claudia Rose Perkis

Academic Magnet High School

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Future Plans: Claudia plans on attending either the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill or Tulane University, majoring in Public Policy and Economics.

2nd Place Winner

McClendon Hughes

Ashley Ridge High School

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Future Plans: McClendon is still deciding on postgraduate plans but is looking forward to using the Silver Pen Competition prize to contribute to those plans.

3rd Place Winner

Eva Shahid


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Future Plans: Eva is planning on attending Ave Maria University in Florida, majoring in Nursing.

“Silver Pen is important to our community and the local students in our community because it gives the Members and Students the opportunity to connect different generations with each other. It’s so much fun watching these two generations share their wisdom and experiences in order to learn and grow from each other,” says Wellmore’s Executive Director, Julianna Lau-Hawthorne. “Our Members have worked their entire careers to enhance their knowledge and coach others. The Competition gives them the ability to continue their teaching of others and the opportunity to see things from a different perspective.”

This competition has been hosted by Wellmore’s 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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