May 4, 2017
This spring, West Chester University students brought home trophies and awards from a vast array of academic competitions. They presented their research at conferences, created projects that assisted local organizations and businesses, and engaged in community improvements. They also made an impact as far away as London, England, where those on Mary Brewster's spring break criminal justice study trip became the first international visitors to the new Scotland Yard location.
A small sample of our students' spring accomplishments are listed below. Congratulations to these individuals and to all our students who represented WCU beyond the classroom this semester.
Forensics Team (Speech and Debate)
The West Chester University Forensics Team, made up of students from across all disciplines, won seven individual national awards at the Pi Kappa Delta (PKD) Biennial National Tournament and Convention. Sigfried Aragona won a showcase performance award for his prose interpretation, a superior award for his prose interpretation, the highest award given out by PKD, and an excellence award in after-dinner speaking. Rebeka Yocum took home excellence awards in prose interpretation, poetry interpretation, and persuasive speaking. Abrianna Gonzalez earned an excellence award in dramatic interpretation.
American Criminal Justice Association Annual Conference (Austin, Texas): Members of the WCU Criminal Justice Student Association brought home six trophies, including four first-place awards, against other universities taking multiple exams, a physical agility test, a mock crime scene, and a firearms competition. The first-place awards go to John Hoover in Criminal Law (Lower Division); Brenna Turner, Criminal Law (Upper Division); Austin Glass Corrections (Lower Division); and Dr. Chris Przemieniecki and Jonathan Henderson in Crime Scene Investigation (Professional Division). The Firearms Team of John Hoover, Preston Moyer, and Joe Beesley took second place (Lower Division). And the entire group who attended placed second in the talent section for their performance of Michael Jackson's Thriller.
Fourth Annual Intercollegiate Criminal Justice Debate: WCU criminal justice students placed third among students from a dozen Philadelphia-area colleges who gathered at Peirce College to debate the pros and cons of arming police with body cameras.
Students Nathan Weaver, Bryce Cleveland, Nick Martino, and Logan Warner became the first team from WCU to win the KPMG-Essent Intercollegiate Business Ethics Case Competition. Held at Saint Joseph's University, the case revolved around a real-world ethical situation that occurred, where the teams advised a company on taking steps moving forward following a dilemma. Teams were given three hours to read the case, formulate ideas, and create a presentation to present to a panel of judges.
West Chester University students Kyle Knox and Melanie Flynn won Mid-Atlantic Archaeological Conference poster awards for their presentations on sea level inundation on the coast of Delaware.
West Chester students and faculty presented at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in Boston and took in the World Geography Bowl, following success at the Middle Atlantic Stated chapter's regional bowl earlier in the semester.
Master of geography candidate Nolan McGuire earned the Lewis H. Marshall Award from the Chester County Association of Township Officials during their Spring Convention. The award focuses on an exceptional student destined for a career in municipal management. McGuire has a served as a graduate assistant supporting WCU's geographic information systems (GIS) lab and was an intern at the Borough of West Chester enhancing the borough's GIS capabilities.
Co-ed a cappella group Under A Rest represented WCU for the first time at the Mid-Atlantic semifinals in Wilmington, DE, after placing second in the Mid-Atlantic quarterfinals and taking home awards for best choreography and best arrangement.