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 Cascades Verdae, 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 12th, Cascades Verdae awarded three cash prizes to essay applicants of the Silver Pen Writing Competition during a dinner ceremony. Each essay topic was chosen by The Charlotte’s Members who make up the judging panel, essays were based on the topic:‘How has global warming affected your generation? What solutions would you like to see implemented to alleviate the impact on the future? How can you encourage others to take part in this change?’ This year’s $3,750 in prize money were awarded to:

1st Place Winner

Hayes Brown

Eastside High School

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2nd Place Winner

Addison Cate

Wade Hampton High School

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3rd Place Winner

Emma Smith

Greenville Senior High School

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“The Silver Pen competition is important to the Cascades because it allows local students to develop their own take on a common theme and to win cash for their post-graduate plans,” says Cascades Verdae’s Executive Director, Cory Hoots. “Through this critical thinking exercise, they can support their future dreams and aspirations through financial reward, thus improving the future of our local communities.”

This competition has been hosted by The Cascades 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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2022 silver pen winners