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In front, from left are Katie Finch, Amiee Huston and Julia Nell. In back, from left, are Colin Arona, Preston Howard, advisor Craig Laker, David Nichols, Hailey Mabrey and Andrew Wilhelm.
Criminal justice team
earns national award
ANGOLA, Ind. — Trine University’s Tau Alpha Omicron chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association captured a second place award in crime scene investigation at the National ACJA Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio., March 12-16.
The team earned the right to compete at nationals after claiming 43 team and individual awards at a regional conference in October in Flint, Mich.
“This is the second year in a row that we have placed at the national conference which consists of over 85 universities and colleges. The competition was stiff, but we prevailed again. All the ACJA members were able to make strides in leadership, career development and education, preparing them for their exciting futures in the criminal justice field,” Laker said.
Eight students and one professor, in three teams, competed against more than 600 criminal justice students and practitioners in categories such as crime scene investigation, handgun marksmanship, physical agility and written exams.
A professional team consisted of chapter advisor Craig Laker and students Julia Nell and Colin Arona .The team won second place in crime scene investigation. The professional division consists of those currently working in the criminal justice field or professors at universities.
An upper division team consisted of David Nichols, Preston Howard and Andrew Wilhelm. The lower division team consisted of Katie Finch, Amiee Huston and Hailey Mabrey.
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