By Staff     1/19/2021

The OC Health Care Agency needed a campaign to encourage people to wear masks during the current pandemic and to educate them on how to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Who did they ask for ideas? They asked students to submit their creative ideas in a contest that drew 600 entries throughout the county. Entrants created “mask art,” they wrote essays and they produced social media videos.  

Among the elementary, middle school and high school entries was St. Bonaventure’s Henry Bui. The second grader wrote a 300-to-400-word essay on why wearing a mask was important. Henry’s entry earned first place honors in the “Mask Message” contest and earned a $7,000 technology grant for his school. The grant can be used for Wi-Fi technology and other distance learning aids. 

On its website the OC Health Care Agency posted: “The OC Health Care Agency was overwhelmed by the response to the Mask Message Contest! Our judges were so impressed by the creativity, heart and soul that students poured into their work. It was very difficult to choose winners.” 

In addition, the school granted its first-ever Pastor’s Award in recognition of Henry’s efforts and his award-winning essay.