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Criminal Justice Team Claims Eleventh Regional Championship

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO - (Nov. 7, 2012) - The University of Central Missouri’s Gamma Epsilon Delta Chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association/Lambda Alpha Epsilon earned its eleventh consecutive Region III Sweepstakes Trophy during regional competition hosted by the local chapter in Warrensburg Oct. 19-21. Nine teams competed from Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.

The UCM team of 40 individuals participated in the academic areas of criminal law, police organization and management, juvenile justice, corrections and LAE knowledge. Competition also included individual and team firearms, crime scene investigation and physical agility.

The UCM team earned 50 of the 90 available trophies. In addition to the Sweepstakes trophy, UCM earned the Top Percentage Trophy. Individual UCM team members also received the Top Academic Trophy for the top score for the academic testing and the Top Gun Trophy for the best marksman.

Students competing in the lower division have completed 12-69 semester hours.  They swept all 15 trophies in the five academic topics, and also swept all three trophies in both the Individual Firearms and the Team Firearms and added a trophy in the Crime Scene Investigation category.  The total number of trophies available for the lower division is 24 in the areas of written exams, firearms and C.S.I., and this group earned 22 of them.

Students competing in the Upper Division earned 17 of the 24 trophies possible. In the written exams, they swept the juvenile justice and the corrections areas, while earning two each in the other three subjects.  They earned six additional trophies in individual firearms, team firearms and C.S.I.

The Professional Division honors were earned by three members who are involved in law enforcement.  A total of eight trophies were earned; two in L.A.E. Knowledge, five in firearms and one in physical agility.

“The team showed greater breadth than ever before, with 80 percent of the team members earning at least one individual or team trophy,” said Pennel, one of the team’s advisers.

The Lower Division led the way on the academic testing with their total sweep. In these five testing areas for all divisions, GED chapter won 28 out of 45 in written competition. The firearms competition did well, as it has done so in the past.  In the individual firearms competition, they won seven of the nine trophies, as well as six of nine for the team shooting.

With the eleventh regional win under their belts, the team is preparing for the national conference and competition in April 2013 in Valley Forge, Pa., where they will compete for their eleventh consecutive national title.

Criminal Justice Fall 2012 Regional Champs
Members of the UCM Gamma Epsilon Delta Chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association/Lambda Alpha Epsilon that captured its 11th consecutive regional sweepstakes championship are, front row, left to right, Sam Gahr, Ian McCann, Colby Harrison, Greg Towe, Ryan Kanoy and Tim Fink; second row, Tommy Hambrough, Nathan Hunt; third row, Rachel Mallory, Jasmine White, Alexia Cech, Jenn Ianno, Lynsey Sciolaro, Bethany Grygar, Cassie Bone, Brandi Baumhoff, Caroline Burk, James Moore, Matt Lamoureux, Sierra Haymes, advisor Roger Pennel; fourth row, advisor Gregg Etter, Levi Osborn, Sara Thomas, A.J. Haus, John Alderman, Jordan Webb, Amy Allen, Robbie Railton, Lane Laffey, Bryan VanFleet, David Rhodenbaugh, Charlie Pappert, Kirra Soper, Bret Schmidli and Thomas Bruning. Not pictured are DeAnne Bogg, Andrew Chronister, Richard Gillespie, Michael Hawkins, Charlie Meyer, Kamala Purvis, Cynthia Ruggles, Therman Scott and Joseph Theis.