St. Joe’s student pens winning essay

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.

Sergio Morales, from St. Joseph's Catholic High School, won MP Patrick Brown's 4th annual public safety essay contest.

“I am pleased to recognize this young man, Sergio Morales, who has shared his vision for Barrie and its future. He has demonstrated a genuine concern for his community,” said Brown in awarding the prize.
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.

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