The Elizabethton High School Crime Scene Investigation Team again defended their title in the regional CSI Competition on Friday. In addition, the team placed first in Field Sobriety, Blood Spatter Analysis, Foot Molds, Fingerprint Forensics, and Crime Scene Sketch and Photography.
This is the largest competition of its kind in the state and was begun by Mr. Ryan Presnell. The participation of numerous local and state law enforcement agencies and the coordination between high school criminal justice programs have sustained the competition for six years. This year, 160 students participated from nine high schools: Elizabethton, Volunteer, Boone, North, East, Happy Valley, Central, Greene, and Johnson.
"You really get to show what you have learned; it's our time to shine," said junior Will Bowers.
EHS Criminal Justice teachers Presnell and Mr. Kenneth Hardin said they was very proud of the team for placing so well. It was the first year most of his students had participated.
"They take what we do very seriously and they're very professional," he said. "If they stay on track, they'll all be in law enforcement in four or five years, and the city will be better for it."
Several Elizabethton students who graduated from this program now work in local law enforcement or the judicial system. But whether or not students are planning on a career in law enforcement, they said this program has given them a real appreciation for the work of officers. “There are so many decisions that police officers have to make quickly every day,” said senior Geoffrey Monday, who aspires to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation.