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Insider News Business& $41,000 in Scholarships Awarded to Students of Police and Firefighters This year the Electronic Security Associa-tion (ESA), Irving, Texas, and its partici-pating chartered state associations award-ed $41,000 in scholarships through the ESA Youth Scholarship Program. There were 29 winners from more than 680 applications. The program has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships since its inception in 1996. Claire Williams of Greenfield, Ind. was the first place winner of the ESA Youth Scholarship Program and received a $7,500 scholarship. Claire will graduate second in her class of 284 students at Mt. Vernon High School in Fortville, Ind. Her scholastic excellence has already proven invaluable as she has recently received an appointment to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point. Claire’s father, Craig Williams, is a lieutenant with the Buck Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department. Her leadership efforts in school clubs and church functions, combined with her volunteer community service activities, illustrate Claire’s deep sense of civic duty instilled by her father. Kristian Maples of Tennessee was award-ed second place and received a $2,500 scholarship. An active senior at Gatlinburg-Pittman High School, Gatlinburg, Tenn., Kristian is editor of the school’s yearbook, and is an honors student, class leader and active volunteer in her community. Kris-tian’s father, Jimmy Maples, is captain of the Gatlinburg Police Department. “Each year in these submissions we see the effect that a committed parent has on his or her child. The essays, along with the quality of each appli-cant’s background, show how police and fire officials across the country are posi-tive role models for the next generation,” said Dave Simon, ESA Public Relations Com-mittee chairperson. Both ESA and its Chartered Chapter Associations partici-pate in the program. The first place winner of each state’s program is automatically considered for the national ESA Youth Scholarship Program awards. This year, 14 chartered chapter associations partici-pated, an increase of two states over last year. Each state typically awards $1,000 or more in scholarships. Claire and Kris-tian both received an additional $1,000 from the Indiana and Tennessee Burglar & Fire Alarm Associations, respectively. Students who reside in states without a chartered ESA chapter or in a state with a non-participating state association submit their applications directly to ESA. The national nominee is awarded a $1,000 scholarship to honor that indi-vidual’s achievement. This year’s national nominee was Amanda Watson, a senior at William J. Palmer High School in Colo-rado Springs. Williams Maples Made in North America: Avigilon Establishes New Manufacturing Facility Avigilon of Vancouver, British Columbia, announced the addition of a dedicated manufacturing facility to boost its pro-duction capability to efficiently meet cus-tomer demand for its award-winning HD surveillance solutions. The new facility is located minutes away from the company’s headquarters. For free information circle 207 or visit www.sdmmag.com/webcard 30 July 2010 Avigilon has invested more than $2 million in state-of-the-art equipment to automate the production and assembly of sub-components and finished goods with an aim to signifi-cantly increase production and operational efficiencies. Avigilon maintains 100 percent of the company’s development and manufac-turing in Vancouver, Canada.