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August 01, 2008

State Police Hail Graduates of
the 78th Trooper Youth Training Class

Sea Girt, N.J. - Lieutenant Colonel Paul White, Deputy Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, today hosted commencement exercises for 73 high school seniors from across the state as they completed a weeklong, police-oriented educational program with the 78th New Jersey State Police Trooper Youth Week training class.

“Over the many years the State Police have run this rigorous training program for young adults, we have often seen it create a profound impact on their lives,” said White. “Furthermore, it may serve as an important stepping-stone to a career in law enforcement, or any other career they may seek. We commend them for their accomplishment,” he added.

Sponsored by the Department of Law & Public Safety and the Division of State Police, the Trooper Youth Week training program, which began in 1965, provides young people interested in a law enforcement career with “real life” police experience. Over the 40-year period an estimated 4000 students have participated in the program. Many of the graduates have gone on to careers in law enforcement on the federal, county, and local level. To date, 91 Trooper Youths have joined the ranks of the New Jersey State Police.

The “future” troopers of the 78th New Jersey State Police Trooper Youth Week training class participated in a wide range of activities – activities that simulate the actual police recruit training experience. The Trooper Youth cadets were exposed to the regimen of reveille, roll call, academic classes, tough physical fitness training and actual police field exercises.

As part of the training program, State Police instructors placed special emphasis on exposing the Trooper Youth cadets to the unique pressures and problems associated with illegal drug use, teen violence and the aftermath of violent and deadly acts. The students also learned about New Jersey’s vast cultural diversity and the constitutional guarantees afforded all citizens.

Additionally, the Trooper Youth cadets explored practical and theoretical areas of police science, including the history and functions of the New Jersey State Police; crime scene investigation procedures; firearms safety; CPR and lifesaving techniques; motor vehicle law and safety; the rapidly expanding use of computers and technology in police work; teenage drinking and driving and use of the breathalyzer; and overall exposure to police work as a career.

The following is a list of the graduates:
Andrew Anastor Vineland High School
Cameron Aregood Gateway Regional High School
Dennis Bakker Saint Joseph High School
Joshua Bartosz Washington Township High School
Robert Beggs Kinnelon High School
Marcellus Bethea Northern Burlington Regional High School
Maximilian Bohanan Bordentown Regional High School
Samantha Bonet North Bergen Regional High School
Thomas Brath West Windsor-Planisboro High School
Nick Buhan Southern Regional School District
Kelle Carbone Hawthorne High School
Steven Carpenter Hackettstown High School
Greg Cenicola Paramus High School
Joseph Ceccato Watchung Hills Regional High School
Joseph Cifune Williamstown High School
Timothy Collins Allentown High School
Ryan Concha Buena Regional High School
Nicholas Coppola Arthur L. Johnson High School
Michael Craig Warren County Technical School
Dana Cray Willingboro High School
Daniel Culbert Paramus Catholic High School
Michael Deola Buena Regional High School
Nicholas DiDio Lenape High School
Matthew Dunfee Warren County Technical School
Daniel Duran Camden Academy Charter High School
Vincent Ferdinandi Arthur L. Johnson High School
Antonio Franco Burlington Twp High School
Justin Gacina Paramus Catholic High School
Phillip Gervato Monsignor Donovan
Wayne Grove Buena Regional High School
Jared Hain Gateway Regional High School
Ricard Houck Shawenee High School
Mark Jackson High Point Regional High School
Victoria Jones Warren County Technical School
Ian Kately Freehold Twp High School
Jake Kirby Toms River High School East
Kyle Kopervas Cherokee High School
Daniel Leyden Toms River High School North
Christopher Lopez Highstown High School
Christopher Lutz Burlington County Institute of Technology
Ken MacIver Pascack Valley High School
Stephen Malleck Point Pleasant Borogh High School
Mark Maloney Point Pleasant Borogh High School
Frank Masone Colts Neck High School
Jerry McClure Lawrence High School
Cameron McCusker Phillipsburg High School
Charlie McGuinness Phillipsburg High School
William McGuire Pinelands Regional High School
Rafael Melendez Red Bank Catholic High School
Andrew Menhinick Paramus High School
Donald Mitchell Belvidere High School
Kyle Naddeo Lyndhurst High School
Ryan Nahas West Deptford High School
Christopher Panetta Belvidere High School
Johnathan Patrick Franklin High School
Warren Potter High Point Regional High School
Marco Prado Abington Heights High School
Brian Riccitelli Barnegat High School
Timothy Richard Dunellen High School
Carlyle Riche Overbrook Senior High School
Jena Rodriguez Camden County Technical School
Dion Ross Lawrence High School
David Rubin Marlboro High School
Mallory Russo New Egypt High School
Christopher Scheper Verona High School
James Schwartz Home School
Michael Segal Paramus High School
Christopher Sentell Hammonton High School
Michael Shirk Audubon Jr. Sr. High School
Maleek Stuart Overbrook High School
Kourtney Taylor Franklin High School
Christopher Wagner Oakcrest High School
Robert Zitt Tenafly High School

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