Criminal Justice Team Claims 11th National Championship
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (May 8, 2013) – The University of Central Missouri’s Gamma Epsilon Delta Chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association/Lambda Alpha Epsilon professional fraternity returned from the 2013 National Conference at King of Prussia, Pa., with its 11th consecutive Sweepstakes Award as the most successful team at the conference
The LAE competition is broken down into written tests in academic related subjects of corrections, criminal law, juvenile justice, police administration, and LAE history; crime scene investigation; firearms proficiency and physical agility. The competition is broken down into a lower division of those students with less than 70 semester hours, and upper division of students with 70 or more semester hours, and professional.
In the written exam competition, UCM earned five of the nine trophies in corrections and four of the nine trophies in juvenile justice. Ryan Kanoy, 1st place, Bethany Grygar, 2nd place, and Tim Fink, 3rd place, swept the lower division. Natalie Copeland, 2nd place, and Sara Thomas, 3rd place, won two of the three spots in the upper division.
In the Juvenile Justice area, Fink received 3rd place in the lower division, with Cody Pieper, 3rd place, and Jordan Webb, 2nd place, in the upper division. Gregg Etter garnered 1st place in the professional division.
Thomas Bruning received 3rd Place in the LAE Knowledge in the upper division, with Cynthia Ruggles and Roger Pennel receiving a 3rd and 2nd place in the professional division. Lane Laffey and Kanoy, competing in the lower division, received a 3rd and 2nd place for Criminal Law.
In the individual Firearms competition, Taylor Bryan, 1st place, Parker Smith, 2nd place, and Fink, 3rd place, swept the lower division, and Greg Towe, 1st place, A.J. Haus, 2nd place, and Camey, 3rd place, swept the upper division. The firearms coach, Richard Gillespie, won 1st place in the professional division, as well as the Top Gun Award for the top shooter in the competition. In spite of the differing levels of experience with the team overall, the six members receiving trophies in both the lower and upper divisions scored higher than the 2nd place finisher in the profession division.
The UCM chapter took two Firearms Team trophies in both the lower and upper division. The 3rd place team in the lower division was earned by James Dertinger, Jesse James and James Johnson, with the 1st place going to the team of Fink, Smith and Bryan. The 2nd place team in the upper division consisted of Bryan Van Fleet, Camey and Pieper. The team of Colby Harrison, Towe and Haus received 1st place in the upper division. Out of all the firearms competitors from the entire organization, the five teams winning Team Firearms awards, none of them received more than one team trophy.
The UCM team of Lynsey Sciolaro, Caroline Burk and Towe won 3rd place in the Crime Scene Investigation competition in the upper division. Parker Smith also won 2nd place in the physical agility competition in the male under 25 years division.
Nathan Hunt received 2nd place in the ACJA/LAE Student Paper competition. According to Etter, “we received one of the nine student paper awards, but there was not a single chapter winning more than one award, which means we have good writers in criminal justice throughout the nation.”
UCM won 3rd place in the Group Talent contest.
The UCM chapter is a member of Region Three. The UCM team received its 11th consecutive regional sweepstakes award at the regional conference in Warrensburg in October 2102. With 42 members, the GED Chapter was the second largest chapter at the conference.
The 2014 ACJA/LAE National Conference is planned for Kansas City, hosted by the UCM chapter and other chapters in Region Three. Pennel is Region Three president, and UCM graduate student Greg Towe has been selected as the national student representative and will, for the next year, serve as a member of the National Executive Board with the six regional presidents.