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 RidgeCrest, our Members are proud to participate as organizers and judges of this competition as a unique way to give back to these college-bound high schoolers.

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On April 23rd, RidgeCrest awarded three cash prizes to essay applicants of the Silver Pen Writing Competition during a brunch ceremony. Each essay topic was chosen by RidgeCrest Members who make up the judging panel, essays were based on the topic: ‘How have the extracurricular programs such as music, art, clubs, and/or sports teams benefited your educational and personal growth? How do you feel it would affect the education system if they were taken away?’ This year’s $3,750 in prize money were awarded to:

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1st Place Winner

Rachel Carter

Surry Central High School

Future Plans: Rachel will be attending High Point University majoring in Exercise Science. In the future she plans to continue on to graduate school for her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

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2nd Place Winner

Katelyn Gammons

North Surry High School

Future Plans: Katelyn plans to attend Surry Community College to become a Certified Nursing Assistant, then plans to transfer to Forsyth Technical Community College and attend the Radiography Program.

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3rd Place Winner

Paxton Reece

Mount Airy High School

Future Plans: Paxton will attend UNC Chapel Hill majoring in Biology and Psychology.

This competition has been hosted by RidgeCrest’s 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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