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GSC Students Excel in Crime Scene Investigation Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 13, 2012

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Bob Edwards
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
(304) 462- 6390

Glenville, WV—A team of three Glenville State College students traveled to Marshall University on October 25th  where they finished 2nd among fourteen teams in a crime scene investigation competition during the West Virginia Criminal Justice Educators Association’s annual conference.

GSC Criminal Justice majors Aaron Parsons, a senior from Walton (Roane County), West Virginia; Kyla Spencer, a junior from Williamstown (Wood County), West Virginia; and Garrett Rinehart, a sophomore from Cumberland, Maryland, were tied for first place at the end of the competition but lost in a tie breaker which put them in second place. The GSC team are all members of the Glenville State College Sigma Pi Xi Criminal Justice Honor Society.

Pictured left to right: Garrett Rinehart, Kyla Spencer, Aaron Parsons, and Sigma Pi Xi Faculty Advisor Kelly Treece.

“The competition and the conference as a whole was a great learning experience. We got to see how our training matched up with other criminal justice students. There were a lot of law enforcement professionals on hand to provide us with information about getting started in the criminal justice field,” said Parsons.

Fourteen teams from colleges and universities across West Virginia participated in the contest. Each team was required to investigate a staged crime scene that involved a stabbing murder involving drug activity. The students had to collect and evaluate evidence from the scene and complete a written report. Finally, each team made a PowerPoint presentation of their hypothesis and conclusion.

“The crime scene competition really showed me how important it is to pay attention to every little detail. We found some evidence that other teams did not and they discovered some that we did not. The training that we are receiving at GSC really prepared us well for this challenge,” said Spencer.

Rinehart was impressed with the number of professionals that were willing to help the students. “It was nice being in an environment where there were so many like-minded people who are involved in the criminal justice field,” he said.

The GSC team is now making plans to compete in the crime scene contest at the American Criminal Justice Association’s 76th National Conference at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania in April.

“I think the outstanding work of our students reflects very positively, not only on Glenville State College, but also on the Criminal Justice Program which we believe to be the best in the state. Our mission is to make our GSC students the best in the state and prepare them to be successful Criminal Justice professionals. These students have been great ambassadors of Glenville State College, and their accomplishments have brought notoriety to themselves and our criminal justice program,” said Kelly Treece, GSC Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice.

Treece plans on having more than one GSC team compete at the 2013 conference which will be held at West Liberty University. Glenville State College is scheduled to host the event in 2014.

For more information about the Glenville State College Criminal Justice Program, contact Treece at or (304) 462-6282.

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