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 Evergreen Woods, 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 9th, Evergreen Woods awarded three cash prizes to essay applicants of the Silver Pen Writing Competition during a brunch ceremony. Each essay topic was chosen by Evergreen Woods’ 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

Julia Farnoli

Westbrook High School

Future Plans: After graduation, Julia will be attending the University of Connecticut and plans on studying Nursing.


2nd Place Winner

Nicholas Ribeiro

Notre Dame High School

Future Plans: Nicholas has been accepted to Yale University but is waiting to hear from other schools before making his final decision. He’s looking forward to putting the Silver Pen Writing Competition Award towards his postgraduate studies.


3rd Place Winner

Vraj Patel

Mark T. Sheehan High School

Future Plans: Vraj plans to study pre-med as an undergraduate and continue to medical school to obtain an MD as an Orthopedic Surgeon.

“Evergreen Wood supports the Branford local community in so many ways in addition to providing a rewarding and safe lifestyle for the seniors who reside here. The Silver Pen Competition is one of many company-wide programs that are offered to inspire academic growth and excellence for the students in our area,” says Evergreen Woods Executive Director, Tom Perregaux. “Evergreen Woods acknowledges the importance of recognizing our local students and their achievements towards career opportunities offered in the local area. The Members of Evergreen Woods consider this program as an utmost value for students to excel and be recognized for high achievement.”

This competition has been hosted by Evergreen Woods’ 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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