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 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 seven 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 Results:

First Place: Traffic Stop – Josie Ellenburg

First Place: Criminal Case Analysis – Caitlin Edgar and Carly Crane

Second Place: Criminal Case Analysis – Stacie Worrel and Brittney Hutcherson

Second Place: Brain Bowl – Caitlin Edgar, Stacie Worrel, Arely Tecuatl-Perez, and Joe Scibek

Third Place: Foot Pursuit – Joe Scibek

McKinney High School State Competition Results:

First Place: Felony Traffic Stop – Jamie Voets, Kiven Steitz, and Chase Hendrickson

Second Place: Law Enforcement Hiring Process – Kiven Steitz

Second 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 confirmed what King had 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.”

For additional information on McKinney ISD, contact Shane Mauldin, MISD Communications Specialist, at 469-302-4007 or smauldin@mckinneyisd.net.

 

About McKinney ISD

One of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, the McKinney Independent School District currently enrolls more than 24,000 students in 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, one alternative school and one early childhood education school. The mission of McKinney ISD, the champion for progressive learning throughout the diverse McKinney community, is to inspire and equip all students to explore, develop and express their unique potential as innovators, critical thinkers and collaborators through challenging, engaging and diverse learning experiences in vital partnership with the community. Visit the district's website at mckinneyisd.net.