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28 cadets graduate from Granville Teen Law Academy

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STEM — Participants of the 2019 Granville County Sheriff’s Office Teen Law Academy have received certificates of completion after a week-long training program.

Held at Granville Central High School, the session was offered — at no cost — to area high school students interested in a career in law enforcement, the criminal justice system, the U.S. Military or public service. Participating cadets engaged in classroom and hands-on law enforcement activities, exposing them to the rigors and demands facing today’s law enforcement officers.

The 2019 graduating class included 28 cadets: Adam Adcock, Shakya Ball, K’Veon Bruce, Malachi Cheek, Megan Ellis, Evelyn Galvan, Daniel Gladden, Jatavious Hunt, Riley Johnson, Christopher May, Ricky O’Neal, Dominic Pollay, Kara Ray, Clay Slaughter, Matthew Spiers, Joel Tidd, Josh Adcock, Blake Bowling, James Gladden, Sandra Inman, Jaden Lawrence, Griffin McCaffery, RocQuan Perry, Felix Pollay, Brittany Smith, Caleb Senter, Brandon Sullivan and Angel Webb.

“We are very proud of this training program,” Sheriff Brindell Wilkins said, “and are especially proud of our first graduating class. These young men and women showed that they have what it takes to be successful when they enter their chosen professions.”

Academy instructors included representatives of law enforcement, judges, attorneys, members of the U.S. Army National Guard and other highly-qualified career professionals who provided training in firearms and shooting skills, crime scene investigation, K9 drug detection, high-risk felony traffic stops, physical fitness and other aspects of instruction. Training also included information about the roles of SWAT and special response teams, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the criminal court system, and use of the Life Flight helicopter.

A graduation ceremony was held June 21. Angel Webb served as class valedictorian, while Brandon Sullivan was recognized as Distinguished Leader. Other honors included Brittany Smith, Best All Around; Caleb Senter, Extra Effort Award (male); Megan Ellis, Extra Effort Award (female); and Clay Slaughter, Top Performance.

Scholarship winners, each of whom received a $300 cash award at program completion, included Christopher May, Griffin McCaffery and Kara Ray.

The Teen Law Academy Planning Committee included Randy Christensen, Elliott Carver, Christy Currin, Tabitha Glasscock, Jackie Harris, Sergent M. Manz, Shelby Sharron and Jerry Wells. Presenting sponsors, along with Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins, Jr., included Granville County Public Schools, the U.S. Army National Guard and the Boy Scouts of America.

“This program was made possible by a number of local business and individuals who are too numerous to mention,” Sheriff Wilkins said. “Because of their support, we were able to offer this valuable training at no charge to the cadets who participated. I would like to personally thank everyone for their contributions and support.”

Plans are already in the works for the 2020 Teen Law Academy. To find out more about the training program, contact the Granville County Sheriff’s Office at 919-693-3213.