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Mineral Area College Law Enforcement Academy Holds Commencement Ceremony

Mineral Area College students of the 1,000 Hour Law Enforcement Academy Class 12-86 walked through their program’s commencement ceremony held at the community college’s Fine Arts Theatre on May 10.

After MAC President Steve Kurtz welcomed everyone to the ceremony, Capt. Eric Hovis, Fredericktown Police Department’s chief law enforcement officer, gave the keynote speech. He is an alumnus of the program himself. “It’s been a quick 13 years since I’ve been in law enforcement,” he said.

Hovis shared words of wisdom with the graduate candidates, such as, the importance of not letting frustrations on the job enter their personal lives, treating people dealt with on the job as they would want their own family members treated, and to be resilient, resourceful, and flexible in coming up with responses and solutions.

“It’s important to continue your education and keep learning. When the hammer is the only tool you keep in your toolbox, then every problem begins to look as though it calls for a hammer,” he said.

Class President Clinton Boyd addressed his classmates, saying, “We started as 18 recruits, but we finish as 15 brothers and sisters.”

Those honored were: Nicholas Basinger, Bonne Terre; Donnie Battreal Jr., Mineral Point; Clinton Boyd, Farmington; Jason Boyer Mineral Point; Joshua Crider, Bonne Terre; William Dickey, Cadet; Eric Douglas, Crystal City; Lisa Eaton, Bonne Terre; Benjamin Ketcherside, De Soto; Cody Martin, Ellington; Jordan Myers, Ironton; Mason Rose, De Soto; Charles Schlanker, Hillsboro; Amber Twomey, Farmington; Charles Uptegrove, Farmington.

A number of awards were given out. Perfect Attendance was given to Battreal, while the Valedictorian was Boyd. Slinkard was noted for his performance in driving, and marksmanship awards were handed to Dickey, Boyd, and Rose. Myers was cited for defensive tactics,  and Basinger, Boyd, Myers, Schlanker and Uptegrove were contratulated for their physical fitness achievements. Eaton was given the Triplett Spartan Award, and the Director’s Award for overall achievement went to Boyd.

Public Safety Director Mark Potratz presided over the ceremony, LEA Assistant Professor Rich Flotron presented a slideshow of class highlights that had been recorded in photography over the course of the program, and Chaplain Darryl Rhodes gave the benediction.

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