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Odessa High's Clarissa DeLeon selected for State Crime Stoppers role

Odessa High School is 2-for-2.

For the second year in a row a student from Odessa High School has been selected to be a Student Advisor on the Texas Crime Stoppers Council, and they are the first two students ever named to this position by the council.

Wednesday evening, Clarissa DeLeon, a junior at OHS, was sworn into the position by Judge Denn Whalen. Clarissa’s family and friends were there to celebrate, as were leaders of the local Crime Stoppers program and ECISD police officers. She will be a member of the state council for the 2024-25 school year.

“I never thought I would get this position,” Clarissa said. “It means a great deal to me.”

Her dad is an ECISD police officer and she said, “I kinda got the passion from him early on about wanting to stop crime.” She added Student Crime Stoppers was the right place for her to give her time. “I just wanted to get out there and start volunteering, just cause I wanted to help out in my community.”

ECISD Officer Damon McGilvray said Clarissa, who also plays volleyball and runs track at OHS, is a great representative. “She jumps in wanting to help any and every student within the Crime Stoppers program. She is always there.”

The Texas Crime Stoppers Council has the authority to designate a student to be a nonvoting member of the council. That student must be enrolled in a Texas public school and be actively engaged in the Texas Crime Stoppers Ambassador Program. In 2023, OHS’s Cooper Aranda was appointed to the state council.

Left to right: ECISD Chief of Police Jeff Daniels, Clarissa DeLeon, and Judge Denn Whelan. 

Chief Daniels, Clarissa, Judge Whelan pose