Sergio Morales, a student at St. Joseph’s Catholic High School, is the winner of the 4th annual Public Safety Essay Scholarship Contest, earning himself a $500 scholarship in the process.
Barrie MP Patrick Brown made the announcement Friday morning; the contest was created by Brown and is sponsored by Affinity Electronics of Canada. Judges included Ward 1 Coun. Bonnie Ainsworth and Barrie Police Chief Mark Neelin.
Brown continued that he created the project “to encourage our youth to take an active role in safety and security solutions for our community.”
The winning student praised Brown for the opportunity to engage youth on measures to improve public safety in Barrie.
“His effort to make us part of the solution instead of seeing us as part of the problem by providing an input avenue such as this scholarship, is both progressive and forward thinking,” said Sergio, who plans to attend university in Saskatchewan.
Laj Prasher, CFO of Affinity Electronics of Canada Inc., had similar praise for the program.
“Encouraging youth to participate in our community by sharing their views, particularly on safety issues, is key to creating a well-balanced and cooperative environment for all of us to enjoy.”
Students interested in entering next year’s contest can contact Brown’s office for more information.