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FGCU Criminal Justice Students Sweep Awards at National Writing Competition
FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University's chapter of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, the American Criminal Justice Association, made a clean sweep in the Upper Division Student Paper Awards last week in Sacramento, Calif., during the 2004 National Conference Competitions.
Criminal justice seniors L. Frank Thompson of Naples, T. Marquelle LaRue of Naples and Adam B. Smith of Fort Lauderdale won first, second and third place respectively.
In the Graduate Division of the competition, FGCU criminal justice alumnus and member of the FGCU chapter Steven Verrill won first place. Verrill is currently enrolled in doctoral study at the University of South Florida.
This is the third consecutive year members of FGCU's Tau Omicron Rho chapter placed first in the writing competition in either the Lower or Upper Division of the national awards. Last year, Thompson won first place in the Lower Division and in 2002, Verrill won first place in the Upper Division.
The competitions in various categories require LAE members to perform tasks and submit scholarly writings. The competitions include issues on juvenile justice, police administration, corrections, crime scene processing, and firearms.
The juried writing competition is open to submissions from 192 colleges and universities throughout the United States. It is competitive and prestigious amongst criminal justice professionals.
The winning papers will be published in the Fall/Winter edition of the LAE Journal. To find out more about LAE, visit
For more information, contact Tau Omicron Rho faculty advisor and criminal justice assistant professor David A. Lounsbury at (239) 590-7831 or firstname.lastname@example.org