trooper youth academy

Pierre, SD --  Some 24 youth from across South Dakota celebrated with friends and family Friday their graduation from the South Dakota Highway Patrol/American Legion of South Dakota Youth Trooper Academy. South Dakota State Commander of the American Legion Gary Wolkow had nothing but praise for the Recruits.

Public Safety Secretary Craig Price says youth in the program enhance what they’ve already achieved…

Trooper Josh De Wild who was on the staff operating the Academy says the Recruits give him faith in the next generation.

A member of the Recruit class, much like with a graduating Trooper class presented a response during the ceremony. That was given by Oliviyah Thronton of Groton…

Recruit Cameron Schmidt of Redfield won the Top Gun Rifle award while Cole Peterson of Pierre won for Top Gun pistol. Scholarships were awarded to Faith Maunu of Pierre and Wyatt Anderson of Willow Lake. Local recruits in the class included Cole Peterson, Faith Maunu and Addison Westergren of Pierre and Andruw Fredericksen of Fort Pierre

Here are the new Youth Trooper Trooper Academy Individuals And Their Respective Towns:

Wyatt Anderson: Willow Lake

Riley Bock: Rapid City

Trever Donbronski: Deubrook

Jasmine Feild: Huron

Brenden Feldhaus: Marion

Riley Folkers: Yankton

Ashton Gabriel: Madison

Marcos Garcia: Groton

Jaden Koll Sioux Falls

Nyomi Mahrt: Plankinton

Darin McGaugh: Fredrick

Kolby Merkel: Clark

Mitchell Miller: Rapid City

Galatea Pauling: Sturgis

Cameron Schmidt: Redfield

Shelby Swets: Spearfish

Oliviayah Thornton: Groton

Samantha Torguson: Iroquois

Porter Walz: Wessington Springs

Noah Weishaar: New Underwood