Silver Pen Winners 2023

Brightwater Announces Essay Winners

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

On April 12th, 2023, Brightwater invited the three winners and their friends and families to an awards dinner. There they were presented with $3,750 cash prizes. The essay topic for 2023 was as follows:

“If a teacher allowed you to introduce a new subject to be taught for the rest of the school year, what would be your choice for the subject? Support your choice and how you would persuade your classmates to vote for it.”

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

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

Leticia Robledo

North Myrtle Beach High

2nd Place

second place

Olivia Frederick

St. James High School

3rd Place

third place

Annie Lineberry

North Myrtle Beach High, Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology

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