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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
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WARRENSBURG, MO (April 21, 2010) – UCM ’s Gamma Epsilon Delta chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association/Lambda Alpha Epsilon returned from the organization’s national conference in Portland, Ore., with their eighth consecutive national title as the recipients of the Sweepstakes Trophy. Members of the GED chapter received one of their greatest challenges since they began their winning streak at the 2003 National Conference.
According to Roger Pennel, professor of criminal justice and chapter advisor, the trophy count for the entire competition was scattered over most of the chapters from throughout the country.
“This is what should usually be expected. We met very tough competition with the top criminal justice students in the nation,” Pennel said. “The GED chapter received 25 individual and team trophies, with the next team receiving 15 trophies. Although this doesn’t sound that close, several of the previous margins have been more comfortable.”
The academic testing provided UCM with nearly one-third of the total trophies in that area. Chapter members received at least two trophies in each of the five areas of competition.
In the Lower Division for Academic Testing, James Garlich received trophies in three areas; third place, Criminal Law, second place, Police Management, and first place, Juvenile Justice. The remainder of the Lower Division awards came in the Firearms Competition.
Krystina Dowler received third place in the Upper Division Academic Testing area of LAE Knowledge. Jennifer Ianno, also in the Upper Division, received second place in Corrections and first place in Juvenile Justice. Mike Pemberton received third place for Corrections and Juvenile Justice, and second place for Criminal Law.
The strength in the overall competition in the Professional Division was provided by Charlie Pappert. In the Academic Competition, Pappert received third place in Criminal Law, second place in Juvenile Justice and first place in LAE Knowledge. He also received two additional trophies in the Firearms competition.
Pennel received second place in the Police Management Exam in the Professional Division.
Under the leadership and training of Richard Gillespie, the Individual and Team Firearms competitors received two-thirds of the Firearms trophies.
In the Lower Division, Taylor Bryan received second place in Individual Firearms, with Jordan Enk receiving first place. The team of Bryan, Enk and Greg Towe garnered first place honors for the Team Competition with a combined score of 1,336.
The Upper Division Firearms members swept both the individual and team competitions. The Upper Division Individual Firearms trophies were received by Danielle Hoskins with third place, Bryan VanFleet with second place, and Dustin Walters with first place.
The Upper Division third place Firearms Team consisted of VanFleet, Andrew Myers and DeAnne Bogg. The second place Firearms Team in the Upper Division included Danielle Hoskins, Danielle Eickhoff and Audra Leis. The Upper Division first place Firearms Team consisted of Jepson, Walters and Ryan Armstrong.
In the Professional Division Individual Firearms, Richard Gillespie received second place and Pappert received first. The first place Firearms Team consisted of Gillespie, Pappert and Mike Statt.
Pappert also received the Top Gun as the best shooter of the competition.
The GED Chapter will travel to Overland Park, Kan. to the Region III Conference of ACJA/LAE in October, where they will defend their eight-time regional win. The chapter will be going to Memphis, Tenn., in March 2011 for the national conference to defend its current title.