High school students from 18 different South Dakota school districts including Olivia Meehan from Madison High School are in Pierre this week experiencing an inside look at the diversity involved in the career of a State Trooper.
More than 20 students are attending this week’s 11th annual Youth Trooper Academy at the Mickelson Law Enforcement Training Center in Pierre. The academy is sponsored by the Highway Patrol and South Dakota American Legion. The weeklong academy wraps up with Friday’s graduation ceremony.
Academy participants were selected by representatives from the Highway Patrol and American Legion. Most students are high school juniors or seniors.
“Many of our graduates have become State Troopers, Deputy Sheriffs, City Police Officers, DCI Agents, Conservation Officers, and 911 Dispatchers” said Larry Price, Chairman of the South Dakota American Legion’s Public Safety Committee.
Those attending the Youth Trooper Academy and their high schools are
Kalie Barcklay, Centerville High School
Victor Collins, Douglas High School
Bryce Crawford, Tea Area High School
Colin DeGarmo, Douglas High School
Brandon Forrette, Huron High School
Case Gunnell, Central High School
Sunny Hall, Pierre T.F. Riggs
Travis Harms, Harrisburg High School
Cheyenne Hunnewell, Bon Homme
Jayce Kuechenmeister, Brookings High School
Carter Locy, Sioux Falls Jefferson
Olivia Meehan, Madison High School
Bryce Mitchell, Lead/Deadwood High School
Sarah Poncelow, Wessington Springs
Emily Sachtjen, Winner High School
Nikolos Sasse, Yankton High School
Jake Simonsen, West Central
Kyera Sivage, Pierre T.F. Riggs
Nathanael VanGerpen, Gayville-Volin High School
Joshua Vermundson, Pierre T.F. Riggs
Jaden Wajer, Dell Rapids High School
Zayne Winson, Huron High School.