James Broom / Spencer James Memorial Bursaries 2018


The Windsor-Essex FIRST Committee would like to announce the recipients of this year's Bursaries in the Press Release below

June 11, 2018

Local FIRST Robotics alumni awarded bursaries for post-secondary studies
Windsor, Ontario (June 11, 2018) – Five local high school graduates are the recipients
of $1000 bursaries established by Windsor-Essex FIRST Robotics (WEFR), a group
that promotes and delivers FIRST Robotics Canada programming in Windsor-Essex
and Chatham-Kent.

The annual bursaries are made possible through a generous contribution from the
South Western Ontario Industry Education Council (SWOIEC).
“We had so many strong applications this year, with students demonstrating their
academic excellence and commitment to community service. It is a testament to how
FIRST Robotics Canada’s programs help students become well-rounded leaders,” says
Michelle Bondy, a WEFR board member who chaired this year’s bursary selection

The bursaries are named in honour of James Broom and Spencer James - a student
and mentor of FIRST Robotics teams at Maranatha Christian Academy and Belle River
High School respectively - who passed away in 2014.

"Both James and Spencer inspired the people around them, and we established this
bursary to honour that legacy," says Larry Koscielski, VP of Process and Technology
Development at CenterLine and Chair of Windsor Essex FIRST Robotics.

The following students from the following high schools received bursaries to attend the
following post-secondary institutions:

  1. Nathan Cherry, Holy Names Catholic High School (Team 4940)
        University of Windsor or University of Waterloo, Computer Science
  2. Jonathon Enright, Belle River District Secondary School (Team 4920)
        Queen's University, Engineering
  3. Jordyn Tocco, École secondaire l’Essor (Team 6331)
        University of Windsor, Arts and Science
  4. Sydney Tocco, École secondaire l’Essor (Team 6331)
        University of Windsor, Arts and Science
  5. Kouthar Waled, Sandwich Secondary School (Team 772)
        University of Waterloo, Computer Science

FIRST Robotics Competition is an international robotics program wherein high school
students work alongside teachers and professional mentors to design and build 120-
pound robots. The “game" the robots compete in changes every year, and is only
announced six weeks before the competitions begin.

In 2013, there was only one high school FIRST Robotics Competition team and one
FIRST Lego League team operating at the grade school level.
Today, there are 18 high school and over 60 grade school robotics teams competing in
Windsor-Essex and Kent Counties. Over 1,000 students were involved in FIRST in our
area this year.

Windsor is also home to the Windsor Essex Great Lakes District Event, which draws
1500 high school students from across North America annually to compete at the
University of Windsor’s St. Denis Centre.

For further information, please contact:
Larry F. Koscielski
Chair, Windsor Essex FIRST Robotics
(519) 816-3265