Three students were awarded scholarships from The American Legion, Department of Michigan, for their outstanding performances at the Student Trooper program held this week at the Michigan State Police Academy.
Jade Richardson of East Tawas is the Outstanding Trooper of the Year and receives a $1,000 college scholarship. Devon Guth earned the Marksmanship award and the Student Trooper Class Orator Award, and will take home $1,000 total in scholarships. He is from Weidman. The Student Trooper Academic Award and a $500 scholarship goes to Levi Stevens of Davison.
Nearly 40 high school students from across the state graduated Friday, July 20, from the Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program set up by The American Legion so that students interested in a law enforcement career can have first-hand experience on the discipline it takes to become a Michigan State Trooper.
In addition to daily physical exercise and inspections the students, ages 16-18, are given hands-on introduction and training in the areas of survival techniques, defensive tactics, firearms safety, precision driving, law enforcement technology, accident and criminal investigation and more. Michigan State Police Troopers impart discipline, leadership and teamwork skills throughout the classroom instruction and activities.
The Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program was established in 1985 and takes place in more than 20 states. The program provides first-hand experiences and insight into the operations of law enforcement agencies. The program also affords these highly motivated young people an opportunity to consider law enforcement as a potential career choice. Several current Michigan State Troopers attended Trooper School as high school students.