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ECISD Student Crime Stoppers program honored with several state awards

Odessa Student Crime Stoppers hosted the 25th Annual Texas Campus Crime Stoppers at the Odessa Marriott Hotel & Conference Center on February 10-12, 2020.

Over 250 students, educators and law enforcement officers from across the state of Texas attended this 3 day training. Dr. Scott Muri, ECISD Superintendent, Chief Todd Hiner-ECISD Police Chief & State Representative Brooks Landgraf were the keynote speakers at Opening Ceremonies. Victims and their families from the August 31st shooting were remembered and honored during the Victim’s Candle Ceremony as well.

 

The Campus conference puts a strong focus on our youth volunteers who work diligently on their middle school and high school campuses to keep their peers and communities safe. Each February, Texas Crime Stoppers student volunteers, administrators, program sponsors and School Resource Officers (SRO) gather from near and far for the annual Texas Crime Stoppers Campus conference. The event provides attendees a great learning experience with a focus on current trends and issues seen on campuses, including; cyber bullying, drugs, theft, interactive self-defense classes, demo forensic labs, police station tours, operational guidelines for running an effective crime stoppers program on campus, state related regulations and requirements of Crime Stoppers Organizations in Texas, relevant criminal justice hot topics, our annual Texas Best awards and banquet, and lots of fun for everyone!

 

During the Texas Best Awards banquet, Odessa Student Crime Stoppers won the following awards:

 

Texas Campus Crime Stoppers Coordinator of the Year-Officer Damon McGilvray, ECISD Police Department

COORDINATOR OF THE YEAR: The Coordinator of the Year award honors one individual for exceptional performance and contributions to their Campus Crime Stoppers program, makes a positive impact on their campus, other Crime Stoppers programs, and Crime Stoppers in Texas.

 

Texas Campus Crime Stoppers Student of the Year-Nastasia Corrales, Permian High School

The Board Member of the Year award honors one individual, who has demonstrated outstanding service through enthusiasm, passion, and commitment to their Campus Crime Stoppers program and has positively impacted their campus.

 

Texas Campus Crime Stoppers Productivity Award-Most Cases Cleared & Greatest Dollar Recoveries

 

Texas Campus Crime Stoppers Creative Publicity

The Creative Publicity award recognizes the most creative or innovative way of publicizing Campus Crime Stoppers through means other than television, radio, and newspaper. This award is judged on creativity, delivery, and impact on the community.

 

1st Place Traditional Hand Drawn Poster -Samantha Alvarez-8th grade student Bowie Middle School

The poster contest recognizes one student or campus organization per category for creative artwork portraying the benefit of Crime Stoppers.

 

During the awards banquet Aaron McKown was recognized as the longest serving Ambassador to the Texas Crime Stoppers  Ambassadors. Aaron is a senior at OC Tech and has been a teen ambassador since the 6th grade. Aaron is the son of  Scott and Martha McKown.

The Crime Stoppers Ambassador Program is a student based leadership program for Texas youth involved in their Crime Stoppers community across the state. The program consists of 12 students who are carefully chosen and tasked with setting leadership standards of excellence among their peer groups, acting as role models on their campuses and in their communities, and are also required to complete a series of projects over the course of a calendar year. Odessa Student Crime Stoppers had 2 students selected to serve in the Ambassador Program:

Cooper Aranda, 8th grade Crockett Middle School

Gabriella Meza, 9th grade New Tech

 

For more information contact:

Susan Rogers, CEO Odessa Crime Stoppers, Inc. 432-528-0970

Lt. Jeff Daniels, ECISD Police, Odessa Crime Stoppers Coordinator 432-456-9999

 

The entire Student Crime Stoppers group on stage at the hotel after winning numerous awards.