The Stratford announces Silver Pen winners


Winners of The Silver Pen Scholarship pose with The Stratford’s Executive Director Sam Carrillo. Pictured (from left to right) are: Ainee Jeong, Megan Ludwig, Megan Thieleman and Executive Director Sam Carrillo. (First place winner Shaina Pan was out of the country at the time of the photo).

The Stratford retirement community, located in Carmel, announced the four winners of its 2012 Silver Pen Scholarship this month.

The winners, who received nearly $3,750 in total cash prizes, are: Shaina Pan, first place; Megan Ludwig, second place; Ainee Jeong, third place; and Megan Thieleman, fourth place.

Pan is a graduate of Carmel High School and plans to attend Indiana University in the fall. Ludwig and Thieleman are both graduates of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School. Ludwig plans to attend Saint Louis University, and Thieleman plans to attend Indiana University. Jeong is a graduate of Noblesville High School and will attend Emory University in Atlanta.
The Silver Pen Scholarship was open to high-school seniors with plans to graduate in 2012. Entries were judged based on several criteria including creativity, fluidity of language and the ability to convey complex feelings in a concise and clear manner.
Sam Carrillo, executive director of the Stratford, said 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,” Carrillo said. “Most had a loved one who had been diagnosed with the disease, and they were profoundly impacted by watching its progression.”

To read the winners’ essays in their entirety or to learn more about The Silver Pen, please visit or e-mail Executive Director Sam Carrillo at