Sunday , 22 April 2018

Boyd, MHS Students Take Top Spots at State Criminal Justice Competition

Submitted by Shane Mauldin, McKinney ISD

If the Criminal Justice Clubs from McKinney Boyd High School, McKinney High School and McKinney North High School are any indication, the future of law enforcement is in capable hands.

Representatives from all three clubs were among approximately 300 Texas high school criminal justice students who gathered at Burleson High School on March 1 – 2 to test their law enforcement skills at the Texas Public Service Association State Competition. McKinney ISD students acquitted themselves well, placing in the top three in 7 of 16 events designed to encompass a broad range of essential law enforcement duties — from the routine (Fingerprinting) to the dramatic (Hostage Negotiation).

“I am so proud of all of our students for all of their hard work and the effort they exhibited at this year’s competition,” said Andrea King, Criminal Justice teacher at McKinney Boyd High School. “Their hard work and drive to be successful — and their desire to learn — set them apart and helped them achieve these great results.”

McKinney Boyd High School State Competition Winners:

1st Place: Traffic Stop — Josie Ellenburg
1st Place: Criminal Case Analysis — Caitlin Edgar and Carly Crane
2nd Place: Criminal Case Analysis — Stacie Worrel and Brittney Hutcherson
2nd Place: Brain Bowl — Caitlin Edgar, Stacie Worrel, Arely Tecuatl-Perez, and Joe Scibek
3rd Place: Foot Pursuit — Joe Scibek

McKinney High School State Competition Winners:

1st Place: Felony Traffic Stop — Jamie Voets, Kiven Steitz, and Chase Hendrickson
2nd Place: Law Enforcement Hiring Process — Kiven Steitz
2nd Place: First Responder — Jasmine Kelton

The McKinney clubs had about a month to ready themselves for the state competition after dominating at regionals where, collectively, they took first place in 14 of 16 events and Boyd was named Outstanding School in the region.

A number of McKinney Police Department officers lent their time and expertise during the teams’ preparations for state.

“Sergeant Holmes cosponsored the MHS club, offering his extensive knowledge in all of the events that the kids competed in,” said Kina Vinson, Criminal Justice teacher at McKinney High School.

“Other officers specialized in certain events,” she said. “For instance, Detective Stephens is on the McKinney SWAT team, so he focused on the Hostage Negotiation event. Officers Messner, Cisneros and McGee are all patrol officers, so they focused on events like Traffic Accident Report Writing, Felony and Basic Traffic Stops — things they do every day on the job — and Detective Walterscheid took the forensics students over to the police department crime lab where he taught them how to meticulously work a crime scene.”

“Our school resource officers stepped in when we were all exhausted and fine-tuned the kids’ skills before the competition. It was a huge collaboration that resulted in a huge success!” Vinson said.

The Criminal Justice Clubs at Boyd, MHS and North are part of a growing McKinney ISD program that aims to prepare students for a career in the field of law enforcement. Their efforts to that end appear to be right on target, and a great showing at state competition only confirms what King has already come to believe about her students.

“They will definitely make good officers one day,” she said, “and I will be confident they will serve and protect the community well.”

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