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Greater Essex County District School Board
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Student of the Month - Dec. 2019

Brent Charron with student trustee Anumita Jain.jpgThe student of the Month for December is Brent Charron, a Grade 12 student at Vincent Massey Secondary School. He is an enthusiastic inventor who, through research and innovation, wants to make the world a better place.

Brent began innovating at a young age. In Grade 3 he designed the Solar Window Insulating Furnace Technology, also known as the SWIFT unit, which helps the environment by reducing the use of carbon fuel to heat homes. His innovation was recognized by the Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association, it was awarded the Resources Challenge Award at the Canada Wide Science Fair twice and it was featured in the Emerald Code Docuseries.  Brent has also done research at the University of Windsor investigating light-emitting electrochemical cells which was recognized through the Canadian Association of Physicists Award. Brent’s most recent innovation is in the area of biomedical engineering.  He designed a Slip Detection System which can be utilized in conjunction with mobility aids, such as walkers and canes, to alert the user when they are about to walk on a wet, icy or slippery surface. Brent’s latest innovation was featured on CBC. Brent had the opportunity to present his innovation to researchers and engineers at Ford Motor Company, the University of Detroit Mercy and the University of Windsor.   

Brent is a dedicated musician who excels at both piano and trumpet.  Brent has been a member of the Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Essex Community Concert Band, the Massey Wind Ensemble as well as the Massey Jazz Band.  He also participated in the Windsor Kiwanis Festival where he was awarded the Altenburg Brass Award as well as the Belleperche Memorial Award.

Brent is an active member of many school groups including the Massey Science Olympiad Team, which just won first place at the University of Windsor Science Olympiad competition.  He is a member of the Cancer Awareness Club, the Acts of Kindness Club and he volunteers with the Code Reach Program which encourages Grade 7 and 8 students to develop their computer coding skills.

Brent is an incredibly dedicated student. During his spare this semester, he chooses to attend an enriched level math course that didn’t fit in his schedule. He writes all the tests and holds the highest mark in a math class he’s not even enrolled in.  Brent has been on the Distinguished Honour Roll throughout his time at Massey, maintaining a 96% average overall while taking multiple AP-level courses. 

Besides being creative and hardworking, Brent is kind, helpful, sincere and humble. He is well-liked by his schoolmates, always offering help or a kind word. He is truly a pleasure to have as a friend and classmate.

Congratulations Brent for being selected as Student Senate’s Student of the Month for December.