Submitted by Shane Mauldin, McKinney ISD
The Criminal Justice Clubs from McKinney Boyd High School, McKinney High School and McKinney North High School stole the show at regional competition held recently at Burleson High School, taking first place in 14 of 16 events.
The Criminal Justice Clubs of MBHS, MHS and MNHS participated in regional competition on Saturday, January 19, taking the top awards in a wide range of events.
In a contest that tested student knowledge and skill in a broad range of categories — everything from forensic investigation to hostage negotiation to foot pursuit — the clubs from McKinney ISD found their way to the top three in just about every event.
McKinney Boyd grabbed a first, second or third place result in every category; the team from McKinney High School landed in the top three in 12 of 16 events; and McKinney North posted top three results in 9 of 16 categories.
Here is the breakdown of each team’s results:
School 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Boyd 11 3 2
MHS 2 8 2
North 1 2 6
With their success at regional, the teams now set their sights on the state competition to be held at Burleson High School on March 1 – 2.
“To prepare for state, we will be working with Sergeant Holmes, Detective Stephens and various other officers from the McKinney Police Department,” said Kina Vinson, Criminal Justice teacher at McKinney High School.
“We will be meeting every Monday and Wednesday to fine tune the skills they have already been practicing. These students have been working extremely hard for the past five months and fundraising since way before that. This is a great group of kids that are interested in all aspects of criminal justice,” she said.
Led by Andrea King, Vinson and Manuel Mendiola respectively, the Criminal Justice Clubs at Boyd, MHS and North are part of a growing program that prepares students for a career in law enforcement by learning from teachers who have done it themselves.
“Students interested in my criminal justice classes will get to learn more in depth information about the subject area with firsthand experience from my prior law enforcement career,” said King. “They should expect to walk away with a broader range of knowledge concerning the laws and all aspects of this career field.”
With registration underway and students considering their options for 2013-2014, now is a great time for them to explore the opportunities available through the McKinney ISD Criminal Justice program.