Bonner High criminal justice students score high in competition

Twelve Bonner Springs High School students competed in the Kansas Skills USA Criminal Justice competition this week. Blake McMahan (front row, fourth from left) and Wayne Cornwell (front row, second from left) had two of the top three scores in the competition. Enlarge photo

April 2, 2015

Several Bonner Springs High School students participated in the Kansas Skills USA Criminal Justice competition this week, and two BSHS students were among the top three scorers.

Skills USA is a national organization serving high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. This year, the Skills USA Kansas Chapter added a Criminal Justice program to the competition.

This school year, new criminal justice courses were added at BSHS, a part of the school's growing Career and Technical Education program. Twelve BSHS students competed in this week's Skills USA competition, testing their knowledge of the criminal justice system and law enforcement skills. Each student was given a written exam, judged on their interview skills, and asked to simulate a domestic violence call, a traffic stop and a terry stop. Blake McMahan and Wayne Cornwell were two of the top three finishers.

Justin Howe, BSHS Social Studies teacher and Criminal Justice Club sponsor, said the students trained for the competition with a fellow Brave.

“School Resource Officer Anthony Davis spent a lot of time working with the students,” Howe said. “He helped prepare them for the competition, and it really showed.”

Deputies from the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office judged the event.

An award ceremony is planned April 24 in Wichita, where the state champion will be announced. The state champion will qualify to compete this summer in the Skills USA National Championship in Louisville, Ky.

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