The Garden City Telegram

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Criminal justice students fare well

The Garden City Community College Criminal Justice team recently captured seven trophies at the American Criminal Justice Association Region III Conference and Competition in Warrensburg, Mo.

The event took place Oct. 18 through 21, hosted by the University of Central Missouri.

Each year competition takes place in lower, upper and professional divisions, and all of GCCC's students entered the lower division, which is reserved for individuals who have completed less than 72 college credit hours in their law enforcement studies.

The GCCC representatives included Samantha White, sophomore, Silver Lake; Amber Peterson, freshman, Loveland, Colo.; Scott Kough, freshman, Scott City; Matt Walker, sophomore, Fredonia; Christian Burns, freshman, Lakin; Manuel Rodriguez, freshman, Garden City; Alejandro Marin, freshman, Garden City; John Champ, freshman, Lakin; and Maria Arrieta, freshman, Garden City.

GCCC also fielded three professional division contenders, including Linda Morgan, criminal justice instructor and director of the Department of Public Safety; and Dave Rupp, criminal justice instructor. Dennis Mulanex, a law enforcement professional from Liberal, participated with GCCC on the professional firearms team. The professional category is open to instructors and individuals employed in the criminal justice field.

GCCC's seven trophies include first place in the category of crime scene investigation, lower division, earned by White, Peterson and Kough; second in female physical agility, age 18-25, lower division, which Peterson earned; second in firearms team, professional division, which went to White, Morgan Mulanex; and third in firearms individual, professional division, captured by Morgan.

Others included third in ACJA knowledge, professional division, which went to Rupp; as well as first in juvenile justice and third in corrections, both attained by Morgan in the professional division.

GCCC was selected as the host site for the 2013 ACJA Regional Conference and Competition.

GCCC phonathon hits $80,000 goal

The 33rd Annual Garden City Community College Endowment Association Phonathon has reached and surpassed its goal of $80,000.

Callers and contributors concluded the fund raising campaign the night of Oct. 11, reaching a total of $79,116 for academic and technical scholarships to assist GCCC students, and late arriving gifts and pledges have now pushed the final total to $81,081, according to a release from GCCC.

Jeremy J. Gigot, association executive director, announced the conclusion of the endeavor today. He explained that eight teams of callers worked Oct. 1-11 and drew $43,850 in phone pledges over eight nights. That was coupled with $35,266 in contributions, pledges and matching gifts that were mailed in as part of the association's two-part fall scholarship campaign, beginning in August. Since the final calls went out, an additional $1,965 has come in, putting the tally $1,081 past the objective.