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UCM's Criminal Justice Team Claims Ninth Consecutive Regional Championship

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Nov. 4, 2010) - The University of Central Missouri’s Gamma Epsilon Delta Chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association/Lambda Alpha Epsilon earned its ninth consecutive Region III Sweepstakes Trophy and regional championship during regional competition at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kan, Oct. 15-17.

Region III is comprised of nine states, from Missouri west to Utah and north to the Canadian border.

The UCM team of 39 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 47 of the 90 available trophies. In addition to the Sweepstakes trophy, UCM also earned the Top Percentage Trophy, which is determined by the number of trophies earned, divided by the number of participants from each team. Jennifer Ianno received the Top Academic Trophy for the top score for the academic testing, and Maj. Richard Gillespie, team firearms coach, received the Top Gun Trophy for the best marksman.

Competing in the Lower Division are students who have completed 12-69 semester hours, with those in the upper division having completed 70 semester hours or more. Law enforcement professionals compete in the Professional Division. While UCM’s students competing in the lower division may have limited exposure to many of the topics over which they are tested, they did sweep all trophies for both Criminal Law and LAE Knowledge.  Among those competing, James Moore earned honors in four of the academic areas and Nathan Clark earned three trophies in the academics.

The Upper Division claimed all three trophies in the areas of Police Organization and Management, Juvenile Justice, and Individual Firearms. Jennifer Ianno earned first place in each of the five academic areas, as well as a first place in her age group for Physical Agility. James Garlich received trophies in three academic areas, and Jordan Enk also earned three trophies, one in academics and both an individual and team trophy in firearms.

The Professional Division swept the Juvenile Justice written examination category. Competing in the Professional Division were Roger Pennel and Gregg Etter, Department of Criminal Justice faculty;  Michael Staat and Gillespie with the UCM Department of Public Safety; and DeAnne Bogg, a member of the Missouri Capitol Police, Jefferson City, Mo.  UCM graduate student Charlie Pappert, a UCM criminal justice graduate and team leader during his undergraduate studies, competed in the Professional Division as he is also employed in law enforcement. Pappert earned trophies in four of the five academic areas, as well as team trophies in both firearms and crime scene investigation.

“The team, as usual, showed a great deal of breadth, with 60 percent of the team members earning at least one individual or team trophy,” said Pennel, one of the team’s advisers. “There are always team members who have a variety of strengths and earn multiple trophies, year after year. These individuals will graduate, but others will follow in their footsteps. There are always feelings of uncertainty, by both the advisors and student leadership as to what areas we need to concentrate.”

Pennel added that new students soon learn about the heritage and longevity of the chapter. 

“Not only is our eighth consecutive win last spring unprecedented in the national level, but these students soon learn that the local chapter was chartered in 1966, making it one of the oldest chapters in the nation with one of the earliest charters granted outside the state of California.”

With the ninth regional win under their belts, members of the team are preparing for the national conference and competition in March 2011 in Memphis, where they will compete for their ninth national title.

LAE Fall 2010 team
Members of the UCM team that claimed a ninth regional championship in the American Criminal Justice Association/Lambda Alpha Epsilon regional competition were, front row, left to right, Cathy Puckett, Travis LeVee, Casey Guyer, Shana MacDonald, Elvia Abarca; second row, Richard Gillespie, Jennifer Ianno, Sean Camey, Phillip Binkholder, Lauren Michael, Alex Teitsort, James Moore, Erica Lehmuth and Roger Pennel; third row, Charlie Pappert, Brant Hutchison, Gregg Etter, Colby Harrison, Ryan Armstrong, Spencer Haglund, Dominic Schoenherr, Jordan Enk, Darick Warnke, Josh Rackers, Therman Scott, Andrew Albers, Dustin Walters, Tyler Shupe and Andrew Chronister. Not pictured are DeAnne Bogg, Nathan Clark, Krystina Dowler, James Garlich, Matthew David Hall, Cynthia Ruggles, Michael Staat, Kyler Selleck, Gregory Towe and Josh Zarse.