This year’s winners all had a personal connection to Alzheimer’s disease.
Vero Beach, FL (PRWEB) May 31, 2012
The Lakes at Pointe West, a retirement community located in Vero Beach, Fla., gave away nearly $3,750 in cash prizes to four winners of the community’s Silver Pen Scholarship during an awards ceremony on Saturday, May 26.
The 2012 Winners were:
Juan Santini, first place
Juan is a senior at Saint Edwards School in Vero Beach, Fla. Following graduation, he will attend Furman University and major in Pre-Law.
Emilee Smith, second place
Emilee Smith is a senior at Vero Beach High School in Vero Beach, Fla. Following graduation, she will attend the University of Central Florida to pursue a degree in nursing with a specialty in pediatrics.
Sage Gallarano, third place
Sage is a senior at Indian River Charter High School in Vero Beach, Fla. Following graduation, she will attend Stetson University and major in Business.
Aubrey Fiorella, fourth place
Aubrey is a senior at Indian River Charter High School in Vero Beach, Fla. Following graduation, she will attend Indian River State College on a dance scholarship and study nursing.
The Silver Pen Scholarship was open to high-school seniors with plans to graduate in 2012. Incoming entries were screened and delivered to members of the Resident Advisory Council at The Lakes for the formal judging process. Entries were judged based on several criterion including creativity, fluidity of language, and the ability to convey complex feelings in a concise and clear manner.
The Lakes’ Executive Director Karen McHenry says the topic, which asked students to consider the perspective of a person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, is one way to bridge the communication gap between older and younger generations.
“This year’s winners all had a personal connection to Alzheimer’s disease,” McHenry said. “Most had a loved one who had been diagnosed with the disease and they were profoundly impacted by watching its progression.”
McHenry says the Silver Pen will be an annual scholarship, although the topic will change from year-to-year. To read the winners’ essays in their entirety or to learn more about The Silver Pen, please visit http://silverpen-slc.com or email Executive Director Karen McHenry at KMcHenry(at)Pointe-West(dot)com.
About The Lakes at Pointe West
The Lakes at Pointe West is an all-inclusive, luxury retirement community located in Vero Beach, Fla. The community’s care-free lifestyle helps members live longer, healthier and happier lives by offering an array of amenities including maintenance-free living, daily fine dining, weekly housekeeping, a nationally recognized wellness program and on-site health services. Members can choose from a variety of floor plans including single-family cottage homes and villa apartment homes. Assisted-living and memory-care rooms are also available for those who need to make a transition from independent living. More information about The Lakes at Pointe West is located at http://www.Pointe-West.com.