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UCM CJ Team Claims Unprecedented Sixth National Championship

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (May 13, 2008) – UCM ’s Gamma Epsilon Delta chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association/Lambda Alpha Epsilon recently earned an unprecedented sixth consecutive national championship at the 71st ACJ/LAE National Conference in Kansas City.

UCM took 12 out of 45 places in academic testing, 10 out of 18 places in firearms, 1 out of 9 places in crime scene investigation, 1 out of 3 places in both the talent contest and the lip sync competition and the Top Gun award to earn the Sweepstakes Award.

Individual and Team Results

  • Andrew Crowther received first place in the professional division for Juvenile Justice, and Angela Dudley participated in the upper division, receiving first place for LAE Knowledge, and two second places in Criminal Law and Corrections.
  • Ben McPherson received second place in Male Physical Agility for age 25 years and younger, and was a member of the second place upper division Firearms Team along with Bryan Wilkins and Travis Bailey.  Wilkins also was a first place in the upper division in Individual Firearms.
  • Brandon Meyer, Brody Sanson and Michael Statt were members of the first place Firearms Team for the upper division. Statt received third place in the upper division in Individual Firearms, and Sanson received first place for the upper division and the Top Gun Award as the top shooter in the competition.
  • Brent Jepson received first place in the lower division in Criminal Law and was a member of the second place lower division Firearms Team with Tom Noble and Tom Hurley.
  • Charlie Tomlin received third place in Male Physical Agility for the 26-35-year-old group. He also was a member of the first place Firearms Team in the professional division, along with Richard Gillispie and Gary Sanson. Gillispie received first place in Individual Firearms in the professional division, with Sanson earning third place.
  • Charlie Pappert, a participant in the upper division, received third place in Police Management, second place for LAE Knowledge, and first place for Corrections. He was also a member of the third place upper division Firearms team, along with Jeremy Cook and Kate Weyerich.
  • Danielle Eickhoff placed third in the female category in the 25-years-old and younger Physical Agility.
  • Jennifer Ianno received a second place finish in the upper division for Police Management. She was also a member of the upper division, Crime Scene Investigation team that won third place, along with Jessica Nelson and Angela Dudley.
  • Jeryn Batman received third place in the lower division for Juvenile Justice. He also received first place in the Lip Sync Contest.
  • Morgan Lee, participating in the lower division, received first place in LAE Knowledge and third place in Corrections.
  • The local chapter's rock band, The Kuffs, consisting of Lary Lehman, Tom Beyer, Charlie Pappert and Joel Ianno received third place in the Talent Contest.
  • Clarinda Garrett received a $400 scholarship from the organization. It was a first place award for the graduate level.
  • Heather Cox also received $150 for a first place award in the graduate division for her paper "An Empirical Examination of Strain Theory to Explain Juvenile Delinquency."

UCM Provides Regional, National Leadership  

The ACJ/LAE Region III and the UCM chapter hosted the conference. Roger Pennel, professor of criminal justice and advisor to the UCM chapter, served as president of Region III and conference director.  Jessica Nelson, UCM chapter president, has been the national student representative from Region III to the ACH/LAE national executive board for the past year.