58 High School Cadets Train Like Troopers at Junior Law Academy

58 High School Cadets Train Like Troopers at Junior Law Academy

June 25, 2024
Grand Island, NEB.
Junior Law Boys
Junior Law Girls

58 high school students got the chance to train like a trooper last week at the Nebraska State Patrol Training Academy. The cadets were all part of the 54th Junior Law Academy, which gives high school seniors-to-be a glimpse of what it takes to be a Nebraska State Trooper.

“These cadets worked hard throughout the entire week, taking on some of the same training that our troopers go through,” said Captain Andy Ecklund, NSP Director of Training. “Junior Law gives these students an experience they’ll remember for years to come. These young men and women showed determination to complete the training and the drive necessary to make a difference for our state. We’d love to have them become Nebraska Troopers in a few years.”

Last week, 28 boys and 30 girls graduated from the 54th Junior Law Academy. Several of the cadets received awards for their excellent performances during the week.

2024 Boys Outstanding Cadet: Wesley Vick (Plattsmouth)

2024 Girls Outstanding Cadet: Aubrie Seybold (McCook)

2024 Boys Marksmanship Award: Justin Haskins (Lyman)

2024 Girls Marksmanship Award: Zylena Ramirez (Lincoln)

2024 Boys Driving Award: Thomas Walker (Winnebago)

2024 Girls Driving Award: Kesli Cox (Hayes Center)

Junior Law is an annual program organized by the American Legion Department of Nebraska and hosted by the NSP Training Academy in Grand Island. High school juniors from across the state are eligible to apply for the program. Troopers from around Nebraska come together to teach the cadets and put them through several blocks of training. Several current Nebraska State Troopers are graduates of Junior Law.

Applications for the 55th Junior Law Academy, scheduled for June 2025, will be made available in the coming months at the American Legion website. The academy is open to boys and girls who are preparing for their senior year of high school.