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Trine ACJA chapter does it again
Members bring home 17 awards
In what has become standard procedure, Trine University’s TAO-Tao Alpha Epsilon chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA) brought home numerous awards from the 2009 regional conference in Duluth, Minn. Oct. 16 and 17.
Trine ACJA chapter students competing at the 2009 regional conference Oct. 16 and 17 were, from left, front: Kyle Perkins, Abby Christman, Andrew Ross and Amber Michaels. Back: Zachariah Ackerman, Jeffery Willis, Dustin Eggert, Vincent Keesler and Josh Buchs.
Students claimed 17 team and individual awards at the conference of the ACJA, which improves criminal justice through educational activities, promotes professionalism in law enforcement and awareness of criminal justice issues, encourages the expansion of criminal justice education and training, provides a voice for professionals and students of criminal justice and promotes high ethical standards in conduct, training and higher education in the field.
Craig Laker, associate professor of criminal justice, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, Psychology & Social Sciences and TAO chapter adviser, received a 10-year service recognition award for his service as chapter adviser.
In handgun upper division individual competition, Kyle Perkins earned second place with a score of 386 out of 480 possible points, and Dustin Eggert placed third with a score of 383 of 480.
In three-member teams, the team of Vincent Kessler, Zak Ackerman and Dustin Eggert placed second, while Josh Buchs, Jeffery Willis and Kyle Perkins placed third.
Among crime scene investigation three-member teams, Amber Michaels, Willis and Ackerman placed second in the upper division, while Eggert, Perkins and Vincent Kessler placed third.
For physical agility, Ackerman placed first for men under 25 and Abby Christman and Amber Michaels placed first and second for women under 25.
Trine students also fared well on ACJA written exams. In the upper division for juniors and seniors, the chapter scored a three-way hit, with Michaels, Christman and Perkins taking first, second and third places. In criminal law, Andrew Ross placed first and Perkins second. In ACJA Lambda Alpha Epsilon knowledge, Perkins placed first and Buchs third. Perkins also placed second in juvenile justice.
“Our students competed against seven different universities from throughout the Midwest,” Laker said. “I am proud to see them apply what they learn in our classes so successfully.”