NEWBERRY, Fla. (WCJB)-- Newberry High School students won 11 first place awards at this year’s Florida Public Service Association State Leadership Conference in Orlando.
48 students from Newberry High School’s Academy of Criminal Justice competed in different events in law, security, and public safety.
Each of the six NHS seniors in the academy won a scholarship worth $1,000.
The students who competed were glad to put their skills to the test.
“My mom used to be a Deputy Sheriff with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Department,” 2019 FPSA Top Gun Award Winner Landon Boucher said. "I’ve always been around law enforcement my whole life and after going to this academy, I realized that’s something I wanted to pursue in my career."
2019 first place Miss Public Service Award Winner Alyssa Massey said she has a passion for helping others.
“I have this strong urge to protect people even though I’m small in stature myself,” Massey said. “When I see somebody being wronged or when I see someone who needs help, I just feel the pull to come help them."