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Students Take Top Honors in National Crime Scene Competition

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From left: Kyle Reid, Andrew Giacomazzi, Nikisha Chapman, Joe Dawson and Marianne Marianne Hudson.

Criminal justice students in Boise State’s Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society took home a number of awards at the annual Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society conferences held concurrently in Baltimore March 29-31. Students representing the 425 Alpha Phi Sigma chapters at accredited four-year universities across the country competed in academic events during the three-day conference.

The conference included the National Crime Scene Competition, now in its 77th year and sponsored by Alpha Phi Sigma. A mock crime scene was set up in a hotel room at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. Teams from universities across the country were allowed 10 minutes to view the crime scene and ask questions of the witnesses. Student teams then had 24 hours to write a detailed report connecting key pieces of evidence to the crime to determine who committed the homicide and why.

Marking the first time in the history of Boise State’s Alpha Phi Sigma chapter, three Boise State criminal justice honor students – Kyle Reid, Nikisha Chapman and Joe Dawson – won first place in the competition. As this year’s first place winners, Boise State students will be staging next year’s National Crime Scene Competition in San Antonio, Texas.

Boise State’s chapter also placed first in the National Website Competition and second in the National T-shirt Design Competition.

“Our Boise State students were exemplary representatives of Boise State University in Baltimore last week,” said Andrew Giacomazzi, Boise State’s Alpha Phi Sigma chapter adviser and a national council member of the organization. “The awards these students brought home are a testament to their hard work, dedication, leadership and academic excellence. Their achievements at these national conferences have been sustained for quite some time now.”

Along with a monetary award for its chapter, Boise State will be hosting the competition next year at the conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Boise State’s Alpha Phi Sigma chapter was founded in 1983 and is recognized as one of the most active chapters across the country.