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SCC Criminal Justice students take 1st place in Skills USA National Competition

Three students in the Criminal Justice Program at Somerset Community College won 1st place in the Crime Scene Investigation competition at the Skills USA National Competition held in Kansas City, Missouri. The team consisted of Tim Haynes of Pulaski County, Rebekkah Stump of Wayne County, and Dennis Gilbert of Laurel County. There were a total of 41 teams across the country competing, thirty-one high school teams and ten college teams.

In order to reach the Skills USA National Competition, the students had to finish first at the Kentucky Skills USA competition which was held in April 2011.

The Crime Scene Investigation competition consisted of processing a crime scene from start to finish. The team was a responding unit and they systematically searched the scene, identified evidence, collected and processed evidence, photographed appropriately, completed a crime scene sketch, collected blood samples, dusted for latent fingerprints, and completed necessary documentation required to the completion of the crime scene.

The team members won gold medals, gift cards to Lowes and Best Buys, a pair of Timberland pro boots, latent fingerprint kits, and a complete crime scene kit for the SCC Criminal Justice Program.

SCC student, James Huesman of Pulaski County, also competed in Kansas City in the Law Enforcement competition and finished in the top 10 of nationals.

Brandi Copenhaver, Associate Professor and Coordinator for the Criminal Justice Program, would like to thank the SCC administration for their support of the SCC Skills USA chapter, and to the SCC Criminal Justice Program faculty for their hard work and dedication in preparing the criminal justice students for such a high level of competition and academic excellence.

For more information on the SCC Criminal Justice Program, contact Brandi Copenhaver at (606) 451-6762 or

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