Two Peru State College criminal justice students and their instructors recently won honors at the Chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association - Lambda Alpha Epsilon Regional Conference in Garden City, Kan.
Students competed in written examinations, a physical agility course and a crime scene investigation scenario. They also attended seminars by criminal justice professionals on topics such as homicide investigation, cadaver exploration, forensic wounds , interview and interrogation, fingerprinting, firearms simulator and evidence collection.
Peru State's Kappa Omicron Rho chapter took home the "high percentage sweepstakes" trophy, which is presented to the school that scores the most points in relation to the number of members participating in the competition. Peru State had five students and two instructors participate.
Senior students representing Peru State in the competition are listed below along with their year, hometown, major and awards.
Heather Black Eagle of Peru, who was first in juvenile justice exam; Tairi Ferguson of Hamburg, Jacob Hedden of Johnson, Andrew Horn of Verdon, Horn won second place in the physical agility course for the 26-35 age group; and Jacob Wiers of Pawnee City.
Black Eagle said, "I really enjoyed regionals this year as it takes me one step closer to my graduation and re-entrance into the professional world. The crime scenes were very realistic and the actors were wonderful."
She credited her instructors at Peru State for her top finish in juvenile delinquency testing.
" I look forward to studying up in the next few months to take nationals by storm with my awesome teammates," she said.
Hedden said, "the hands-on exercises were very realistic and the skills that we learned will serve us well in our future careers. They also gave us ideas to bring back to Peru State that will enhance the learning experience for all criminal justice students."
Faculty participants included criminal justice instructors Danny Hayes and Ronicka Schottel. Hayes and Schottel won first place and second place, respectively, in the physical agility course in the 26-35 age group.
In the professional division, Hayes won second place in the police administration exam, second place in Lambda Alpha Epsilon knowledge exam and third place in the corrections exam.
Hayes said, "this was an excellent opportunity for our students to gain some experience during the workshops that will make them more comfortable in performing the duties that are necessary for their future courses or careers. I am extremely proud of the way these students represented Peru State, bringing positive attention to our school and our outstanding criminal justice program."