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ESA Awards $20,000 in Scholarships to Gifted Students from Across the Country

Posted By Jeaneen Bengtson, Wednesday, May 14, 2014
The Electronic Security Association (ESA) recently awarded $20,000 in scholarships to students from Pennsylvania, Arizona, Washington and Nevada as part of the association’s annual Youth Scholarship Program.

Vivint remained the exclusive program sponsor with a donation of $10,000 that allowed ESA to increase the prize amounts and expand the awards to include third and fourth place scholarship winners. Mackenzie McDonald of Erie, Pa. received top honors with a first-place scholarship of $10,000; Justin Hunsaker of Mesa, Ariz., won $5,000 for second-place; Bethany Spatz of Vancouver, Wash. took home the third-place $3,500 scholarship; and Quinntana Reid of Las Vegas, Nev. was awarded a $1,500 scholarship for fourth-place.

Mackenzie McDonald, first-place winner
Mackenzie McDonald - 1st Place

This year’s top-prize winner, Mackenzie McDonald, holds a pristine 4.0 GPA at McDowell High School in Erie, Pa. Mackenzie participates in several extracurricular activities and organizations at her school and is an active volunteer within her community. Additionally, she has trained extensively in various types of dance and now serves as an instructor for ballet and jazz at Marguerite’s Academy of Dance. Mackenzie plans on acquiring a degree in the medical field and has been accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mackenzie’s father is a police officer for the City of Erie. As part of their entries, each applicant was required to write an essay entitled, “What it means to me to have my parent or guardian involved in securing our community.” Mackenzie wrote about her father’s passion for his career and influence it had on her character.

“My father is the best role model that anyone could ask for,” said Mackenzie. “As a result of my father’s dedication to public safety and strong moral values, I am the strong, conscientious woman that I am today.”

Justin Hunsaker, second-place winner
Justin Hunsaker - 2nd Place

Justin Hunsaker of Mesa, Ariz. won first-place in the Arizona Alarm Association Youth Scholarship Program and was awarded the second-place prize in ESA’s national scholarship program for his scholastic achievements, essay and community involvement.

Justin will soon graduate from Skyline High School with a 4.0 GPA and has become a distinguished leader in his community. Throughout his high school career, Justin was an athlete, a dedicated member of several organizations and lead special projects within his community. This fall, Justin will attend Arizona State University where he plans to pursue education in politics.

Justin’s father, Jason Hunsaker, is a police officer at the Chandler Police Department. In his application essay, Justin said: “The vow taken by men and women in uniform like my dad transcends a mere contractual agreement of employment: it embodies a spirit of service, a willingness to sacrifice, and a devotion to do good on behalf of those who are utterly in need and can never reciprocate.”

Bethany Spatz, third-place winner
Bethany Spatz - 3rd Place

The third-place winner and recipient of a $3,500 scholarship is Bethany Spatz from Vancouver, Wash. This summer, Bethany will graduate from CrossRoads Academy Home School where she earned accolades as a National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student and the Whole Armor Martial Arts 2013 Student of the Year. Bethany’s father, Joseph Spatz, is a firefighter for the City of Vancouver.  This fall, Bethany will attend LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.

Quinntana Reid, fourth-place winner
Quinntana Reid - 4th Place

Quinntana Reid of Las Vegas, Nev. is the fourth-place winner of a $1,500 scholarship. Quinntana will graduate from Silverado High School with a 4.0 GPA. For the past several years, Quinntana has been a member the National Honor Society and an active volunteer within her community. Brad Reid, Quinntana’s father, is a firefighter at the Clark County Fire Department. Quinntana will continue her education this fall, having been accepted to Brigham Young University-Hawaii.

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