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 - 1st Place
|Mackenzie McDonald, first-place winner|| |
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
Justin Hunsaker - 2nd Place
|Justin Hunsaker, second-place winner|| |
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 - 3rd Place
|Bethany Spatz, third-place winner|| |
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 - 4th Place
|Quinntana Reid, fourth-place winner|| |
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.