2020 Silver Pen Winners

On April 3rd, Evergreen Woods, a luxury senior living community in North Branford, announced the winners of the Silver Pen Scholarship Competition. The Silver Pen Competition has been hosted by Evergreen Woods 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 Evergreen Woods 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 Blair Quasnitschka, Evergreen Woods 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 Evergreen Woods was “How have the Arts programs helped with your educational and personal growth? How do you feel it would affect the education system if they were taken away? (This can also be applied to sports programs)”. 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 – Ariana Montero, Joseph A. Foran High School

2nd Place Winner – Julia Peterson, Guilford High School

3rd Place Winner – Jared Lynch, Guilford High School

The Silver Pen Competition is open to high school seniors who live or attend school within 25 miles of Evergreen Woods, employees of Evergreen Woods and their families, and community residents’ immediate family. Members at Evergreen Woods 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. Evergreen Woods is an all-inclusive luxury retirement community with Independent Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Rehab services. The community’s premier lifestyle helps Members live longer, healthier, happier lives. For more information about Evergreen Woods, visit Evergreen-Woods.com.