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Westchester Students Graduate From Youth Police Academy

A group of 31 students from high schools across the county graduated from the Westchester Youth Police Academy on Thursday.
A group of 31 students from high schools across the county graduated from the Westchester Youth Police Academy on Thursday. Photo Credit: Meredith Shamburger

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- A group of 31 students from high schools across the county graduated from the Westchester Youth Police Academy on Thursday.

The police academy is a six-week internship designed for high school seniors interested in law enforcement. Police officers throughout the county help run the program, which began nine years ago at Byram Hills High School.

"You truly, truly earned this moment," Croton Police Detective Cliff Gabrielsen told graduates during Thursday's ceremony.

Graduates worked on their athleticism, learned about criminal justice and went on numerous field trips to learn how law enforcement officials spend their time.

For the first time, Pace University offered students three class credits of criminal justice for the program. Gabrielsen said 11 students had taken advantage of the opportunity.

Sen. Greg Ball (R-Patterson) congratulated students for their hard work, joking he'd challenge them to a push-up contest but he knew they'd win.

"You have many great days ahead of you," he said.

Graduates include:

  • Alexander Hamilton High School student Evelyn Barrientos
  • Ardsley High School student Alexander Lessem
  • Byram Hills High School students Robert Golia, Michael Prisco, Kyle Ramsey and Joseph Segatti
  • Croton-Harmon High School students Meghan Clarry, Shannon Nikitopoulos and William Vlad
  • Dobbs Ferry High School students Anthony Cialini, Justina Donaj and Ciara Lopez
  • Fordham Prepatory High School student Owen Brosnan
  • Fox Lane High School students Christopher Manjuck and Jennifer Perez Perez
  • Irvington High School student Brett Pastore
  • Lakeland High School students Lawrence Reo and Joseph Troia
  • Mamaroneck High School students Louis Ferraro III, Dylan Jewell and Frank Nask IV
  • Peekskill High School students Ricky Sanchez and Ramon Searight
  • Sleepy Hollow High School students Sebastian Ardaix, Kevin Anthony Caban, Nathaneal Christian and Julio Sosa
  • Somers High School student Stephen See
  • Westlake High School students Zachary Dolgetta, Mark Jackson and Joseph Sansone

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