Congrats Winners!

The Silver Pen Writing Competition is an essay contest held for local 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 The Lakes at Litchfield, 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 3rd, The Lakes at Litchfield awarded three cash prizes to essay applicants of the Silver Pen Writing Competition during a lunch ceremony. Each essay topic was chosen by Lakes Members who make up the judging panel, essays were based on the topic ‘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?’ This year’s $3,750 in prize money were awarded to:

1st Place Winner

James Blake Wall

Georgetown High School

Future Plans: James is planning to attend Spartanburg Methodist College. He will play collegiate Baseball for them and major in either Business/Sports Management or Criminal Justice for the SCDNR Program.

2nd Place Winner

Maggie Richardson

Waccamaw High School

Future Plans: Maggie is planning on attending either Wofford College or University of South Carolina, majoring in Pre-Pharmacy.

3rd Place Winner

Abby Moore

Waccamaw High School

Future Plans: Abby is planning on attending Clemson University with plans to major in Environmental Science – Conservation Biology.


“The Members at the Lakes at Litchfield take great pride in seeing young people within their local community go to college and have successful careers as they have had,” says The Lakes at Litchfield Executive Director, Tim Layton. “The Silver Pen Competition creates a wonderful interaction between young people and senior adults. It’s a great exchange where the young people gain greater appreciation for the experience and wisdom that is offered by senior adults through a meaningful relationship”.

The Silver Pen Writing Competition has been hosted by The Lakes at Litchfield’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.

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

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