Osprey Village Names Winners of Essay Contest

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Osprey Village, a luxury retirement community located in Amelia Island, Fla., gave away $3,750 in cash prizes to four winners of the community’s Silver Pen Essay Contest.

Silver Pen winners with Osprey Village members

Osprey Village, a luxury retirement community located in Amelia Island, Fla., gave away $3,750 in cash prizes to four winners of the community’s Silver Pen Essay Contest.

The 2013 Winners were:

Savannah Shelton, first place
Shelton graduated from Yulee High School and will be attending the University of Florida in the fall to pursue a chemical engineering.

Michael Lynch, second place
Lynch graduated from Hilliard Middle-High School and will attend University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in the fall in hopes of majoring in chemical engineering.

Tori Peters, third place
Peters graduated from Fernandina Beach High School and will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall.

Avery Douglas, fourth place
Douglas graduated from Fernandina Beach High School and will attend the University of Texas at Austin in the fall.

Osprey Village started the Silver Pen Essay Contest this year to help local high school seniors with their collegiate financial burden.

The Silver Pen Essay Contest was open to any high-school senior who lives in a 25-mile radius of Osprey Village and plans to graduate in 2013. Incoming entries were screened and delivered to members of the Resident Advisory Council at Osprey Village for the formal judging process. This Advisory Council consists of successful retired business professionals, educators and community leaders. 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.

This year, Osprey Village asked seniors to discuss how technology has impacted our senior citizens. Older adults have shown the highest rate of growth with technology in the past few years. The United States of Aging Survey 2013 found that an overwhelming number seniors use cell phones, computers, the Internet, and email frequently.

The Silver Pen will be an annual essay contest with changing topics each year. To read the winners’ essays in their entirety or to learn more about The Silver Pen, please visit http://silverpen-slc.com/.

About Osprey Village
Osprey Village is an all-inclusive, luxury retirement community located on Amelia Island, 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. The community features a variety of floor plans including single-family cottage homes and condominium-style villas. Assisted-living and memory-care rooms are also available for those who need to make a transition from independent living. More information about Osprey Village is located at http://www.Osprey-Village.com.

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