Peru, Nebraska – Peru State College’s Criminal Justice Club, Kappa Omicron Rho (KOR), recently attended the American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA) – Lambda Alpha Epsilon (LAE) national conference March 13-16, 2023, in Louisville, Kentucky. 

KOR members had opportunities to compete in crime scene investigation, physical agility, and written paper competitions; written exams; and apply for scholarship awards. Members were also able to hear speakers from the criminal justice field and participate in a reentry simulation. 

Faculty members Danny Hayes, Stephanie Huddle, and Joe Schreiner, instructors of criminal justice, along with college staff member Shawn Sherman, workforce liaison, sponsored the group which attended the annual event.

Huddle commented, “The national conference is a tremendous opportunity for our students to interact with other students from other colleges and network with professionals in the field. We participated in many events and students, faculty, and staff performed well in the competitions. The students really showed how fantastic they are and did an excellent job representing the criminal justice program and the college.”

The following are the results of the various competitions and results in which students, faculty, and staff participated:

Carly Sexson – Lower Division
   Second place scholarship recipient

Emma Smailys – Lower Division 
   Second place in physical agility female 25 and under

Nic Syms – Lower Division
   First place in physical agility male 25 and under

AJ Hayes – Upper Division
   First place in written paper competition
   First place in corrections written exam
   First place in juvenile justice written exam
   Second place in criminology written exam

Sam Peterson – Upper Division
   First place in crime scene investigation (Professional Division)

Danny Hayes – Professional Division
   First place in corrections written exam
   Second place in juvenile justice written exam
   Second place in police management written exam
   Second place in crime scene investigation
   Second place in physical agility male 36 and over

Stephanie Huddle – Professional Division
   First place in physical agility female 36 and over
   Second place in crime scene investigation 

Joe Schreiner – Professional Division
   First place in crime scene investigation
   Third place in physical agility male 36 and over

Shawn Sherman – Professional Division
   First place in crime scene investigation
   First place in physical agility male 36 and over
 

Other students attending the conference included, Avery Arban, McKinley Cross, Misaelis Deabreu, Matthew Gronenthal, Courtney McClintock, Karington Sims, Samantha Wissman, and Madison Wolfe. 

Deabreu stated, “Having the chance to go to the National Conference of Criminal Justice as a freshman was an amazing opportunity to learn and participate in different events. It allowed us to interact and meet experienced people within our field and students from other regions and our own.”

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