Silver Pen Winners 2023

Cascades Verdae Announces Essay Winners

The 2023 Silver Pen Competition has officially ended, and Cascades Verdae is proud to announce the winners.

Cascades Verdae invited their three winners and their friends and families to an awards dinner on May 2nd, 2023. There they were presented with $3,750 cash prizes and essay topic for 2023 was as follows:

“Today there are over 5 billion people that have a cellular phone. Do you feel like owning a cell phone has made a positive or negative impact on the world today? Do you think that cell phones have created an improvement in communication, or have they created more disconnect between people?”

Each essay topic was discussed and selected by Cascades Verdae Members who make up the judging panel.

The Silver Pen Writing Competition is an essay competition that Cascade Verdaeā€™s parent company, The Maxwell Group, started in 2012 to bridge the communication gap between high school seniors and their Members. Over the last ten years, they have awarded over 380,000 dollars to high school seniors to help them with the rising tuition costs. Each participant must submit a written essay with a minimum of 1,000 words.

1st Place

first place

Layken Lyon

Christ Church Episcopal School

2nd Place

second place

Preston Ballentine

Southside Christian School

3rd Place

third place

Callyn Wright

Wade Hampton High School

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