Silver Pen Winners 2023

RidgeCrest Announces Essay Winners

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

RidgeCrest invited their three winners and their friends and families to an awards on May 26th, 2023. There they were presented with $3,750 cash prizes and essay topic for 2023 was as follows:

Esphur Foster once stated, “We are nothing without our history.” How has someone in history personally molded your life and how?

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

The Silver Pen Writing Competition is an essay competition that RidgeCrest’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

Belle Bullington

East Surry High School

2nd Place

second place

Gwendolyn Bode

North Surry High School

3rd Place

third place

Katie O’Neal

Surry Central High School

To learn more about the Silver Pen Writing Competition, visit: