SALT LAKE CITY – May 9, 2017 – The Utah 1033 Foundation awarded seven Utah students from across the state – all children of law enforcement officers – with $2,500 each in scholarships on May 3, 2017 at an event honoring both the individual students and Utah’s fallen law enforcement officers.
High school students from around the state applied for the 2016-2017 Leadership Award by submitting a one to two-page essay reflecting the importance of law enforcement in their lives. In the essay, students were also asked to answer the question, “How do the challenges facing law enforcement today impact how you would show your support for their work, and what actions could you take to encourage more support for law enforcement in your community?” The students were selected for their academic achievement, school service and community service.
Zions Bank hosted the annual presentation of the leadership award program by The Utah 1033 Foundation on May 3, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Zions Bank Founders Room in Salt Lake City.
Each $2,500 scholarship awarded bore the name of one of the seven officers killed in the line of duty since the foundation’s creation in 2011: Ogden City Police Officer Jared Francom, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Beesley, Draper City Police Sgt. Derek Johnson, Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cory Wride, Unified Police Officer Doug Barney, West Valley Officer Cody Brotherson and Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Ellsworth.
“This year’s recipients are a group of bright, talented and compassionate students,” said Tore Steen, co-founder of the Utah 1033 Foundation. “Each scholarship bears the name of an honorable law enforcement officer who lost their life in the service of their community. We have added two scholarships this year that honor Cody Brotherson and Eric Ellsworth. We are proud to acknowledge these officers and recognize seven inspiring students for their service in communities across Utah.
Committee members, through a blind screening process, selected the following six recipients:
Tyler Orr, recipient of the Jared Francom Leadership Award
Tyler attended Uintah High School where he tutored his fellow classmates in classes he had previously taken. He is currently serving an LDS Mission in Lyon, France where he has had the opportunity to help people in his community recover after a flood. Tyler is driven by opportunities where he can offer his service and exhibit charity. He is the son of fallen officer, Kevin Orr, who worked for Uintah County Sheriff Department before his passing while in the line of duty. In his essay, Tyler expresses his gratitude and understanding of law enforcement officers who work weekends, nights, holidays and overtime to protect their communities.
Connor Dale Brophy, recipient of the Aaron Beesley Leadership Award
Connor attends Davis High School and plans on attending dental school. He strongly believes in setting aside time for community service and has served many people through a variety of positions as a missionary for the LDS church and volunteer at the Humanitarian Center in Manti, Utah. Connor has a deep respect for law enforcement and has made it a habit to express his gratitude to every law enforcement officer he meets in the community. He hopes to inspire others to always recognize the service given by the brave men and women who keep the community safe.
Alyssa Buck, recipient of the Derek Johnson Leadership Award
Alyssa is a senior at Skyridge High School and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in piano performance. Through her community service, Alyssa has realized the importance of sharing her talents and putting others’ needs before her own. She has been highly involved in community service organizations including Humanitarian Experience For Youth, Big Brothers Big Sisters and National Honor Society. She also served as president multiple times for her church’s Young Women’s Organization. Alyssa believes law enforcement helps make communities run more smoothly and keeps them safe from harm.
Alexis Rossetti, recipient of the Cory Wride Leadership Award
Alexis is a junior honors student at Herriman High School and prominent member of her school’s National Honor Society. Through the society, she has obtained countless hours of community service and developed strong leadership skills. Alexis served as a peer tutor where she was responsible for teaching and monitoring the progress of a student. In her essay, Alexis asks for citizens to accept the consequences when a law is broken to honor the laws that have been established and show respect to the offices upholding those laws.
Kennidy Howard, recipient of the Doug Barney Leadership Award
Kennidy graduated last year from Ogden High School and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree. She has extensive experience in community service and has assisted in multiple events for Leavitt’s Mortuary and Aultorest Memorial Park. Kennidy also was involved in events for Layton City Parks and Recreation and Oasis Community Garden. Kennidy wishes to encourage communities to emphasize the positive stories about law enforcement, particularly on social media. She is the daughter of Michael Howard, Roy Police Department Patrol, and loves watching him participate in the “Shop with a Cop” program where fully-uniformed police officers take children shopping for items they need.
Aspen Elizabeth Wimmer, recipient of the Cody Brotherson Leadership Award
Aspen is a senior at Stansbury High School and the daughter of Cammie and Sheriff Paul Wimmer of Tooele County. She received the Doug Barney Leadership Award last year and was grateful to receive another this year. She is active in her church young women group, a member of the National Honors Society and the Governor’s Honors Academy and a member of the drill team. She was awarded the Mayor’s Youth Award for her high school in 2015. In her essay, Aspen calls for the public to stand up for the law enforcement community, and be more proactive in sharing the “good news” stories.
Kamryn Eslinger, recipient of the Eric Ellsworth Leadership Award
Kamryn graduated in 2013 first in his class at Lone Peak High School and is currently a sophomore at Utah State University. Last year, Kamryn received the Aaron Beesley Leadership Award and is happy to be included again. While serving an LDS mission in Russia, Kamryn served as an assistant to the mission president, and had responsibilities for the guidance and wellbeing of about 100 missionaries. In Kamryn’s essay, he shares a poignant thought on humanizing police officers. He pleads for citizens to understand that law enforcement is made up of people with families waiting for them to come home every day.