Students from Rockford are among those who earned their degrees from Western Michigan University (WMU) in the spring 2012 class. Matthew Troyanowski earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary professional education. Paul Christopher Werkema earned a bachelor of arts in history. Amy Marie Goei earned her master of arts in counseling psychology. Nick Gene Perry earned his bachelor of business administration in food and consumer package goods marketing. James RP Chelone earned a bachelor of arts in public history. Lindsey Anne Williams earned a master of arts in counseling psychology. Donald Lee Montroy earned a master of business administration in business administration: marketing. David Paul Martella earned a master of science in engineering management. Kacie Christine Klos earned a bachelor of science in interdisciplinary health services. Two Rockford students graduated from WMU with honors this spring. Ashley F. Harper earned her bachelor of arts degree in English, creative writing, and earned cum laude honors. Danielle Mary Downs earned a bachelor of science degree in family studies. She also graduated cum laude. Morgan Lindsey Kasmer of Rockford is among the spring graduates of WMU, where she graduated with high honors. Earning her bachelor of science degree in nursing, Kasmer graduated with magna cum laude distinction. Kristina Loznak of Belmont graduated cum laude. She earned her bachelor of science in interdisciplinary health services in occupational therapy.

American Legion Student Trooper Program underway in Lansing

These 28 high school students recently graduated from the American Legion Student Trooper Program in Lansing.

Recently, 28 high school students experienced what it takes to become Michigan State Police (MSP) troopers through the American Legion Student Trooper Program. The program began on August 5 at the MSP Training Academy in Lansing and concluded with a graduation ceremony at 12 p.m. on August 10.

The weeklong program, funded by the American Legion, is conducted by the MSP with assistance from deputies and local officers of Michigan police agencies. The program is designed for highly motivated young men and women who are seriously interested in careers in law enforcement. In order to attend, each student is responsible for securing his/her own sponsorship from one of the American Legion offices located throughout the state.

The program, which is patterned after a regular MSP trooper recruit school, promotes an educational experience for building teamwork while learning about law enforcement fundamentals. Between physical training at 5:30 a.m. and lights-out at 10 p.m., the students learn about traffic and criminal law, defensive tactics, firearms and marksmanship fundamentals, first-aid, water safety, patrol tactics, crash investigations, law enforcement career opportunities, forensic science, conservation law, narcotics, and underwater recovery.

“Each student had the opportunity to get a taste of what it takes to become Michigan State Police troopers,” said Capt. Kari Kusmierz, commander of the MSP Training Academy. “The Michigan American Legion Student Trooper Program promotes the importance of education and helps build teamwork while learning about law enforcement fundamentals. The students also learn the importance of leadership and respect in order to serve as positive role models to others in their community.”

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