Crowley ISD students from the Bill R. Johnson Career and Tech Center enjoyed a strong showing at the Texas Public Service Association (TPSA) High School Public Service State Competition in El Paso April 7-9.
Students participated in events that simulated real world scenarios and practiced skills likely to be used in the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and/or Security career paths. TPSA state competition events touch on various areas of public service fields, including felony traffic stops, search and rescue and opening and closing statements during trial.
For the third consecutive year, Crowley ISD claimed first place honors in the SWAT No Knock Warrant event. The SWAT team consisted of Joseph Lawton, Seth Leddy, Ricky Ochoa Tyreke Goodman-Harris, Binh Ly and Destiny Wright.
Seniors Toiya Smith and Priscilla Rodriguez received TPSA Public Service scholarships for their roles as student leaders within the association.
Several Crowley ISD students took home awards from the state competition, including:
Joseph Lawton, Seth Leddy, Ricky Ochoa, Tyreke Goodman-Harris, Binh Ly and Destiny Wright – First Place – SWAT No Knock Warrant
Toyia Smith – First Place – Attorney Closing Argument
Dajiana Battle – Second Place – Public Service Theme
Jomar Byron – Second Place – Firefighter Search and Rescue
Olivia Hernandez – Second Place – Traffic stop
Angelica Melendez – Second Place – Attorney Opening Statement
Priscilla Rodriguez – Second Place – Police Report Writing
Toiya Smith – Second Place – Inmate Processing
Dajiana Battle – Third Place – Police Report Writing
CTE Law Enforcement teachers Evangelene Glover, Josh Harris, CC Meadows and Markeith West are proud of their law enforcement students, who worked long hours preparing for the state competition.
Upperclassmen continued their success, and teachers received positive feedback, particularly about underclassmen attending TPSA for the first time, from judges who were “amazed at how well they competed,” Meadows said.
Glover said it’s exciting to see the students excel.
“The kids are learning and not afraid to push themselves," she said.
Competitions such as TPSA give students invaluable real-world learning opportunities and exposure to professionals working in the industry, teachers said.
The teachers also praised their industry partners who volunteer their time to help train and prepare students for competition, including Crowley Police Department Officer Pete Lov, Lt. Ciceron Glover of the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, Officer Grant Leddy of the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office and attorneys Elan Longstreet and Matthew Jackson.