Prep's Forensics Team Wins 8th Annual World C.S.I. Competition
Monday, April 14, 2008
St. Francis Prep's Forensics Team claimed first place in the 8th Annual Forensics World C.S.I. Challenge. As a result, each team member was awarded a $12,000 scholarship to attend Long Island University's C.W. Post College (if they so choose).
The idea for the contest was conceived in 1999--a year before the CBS show "Crime Scene Investigation" first aired. The program was designed by real-life police and forensic pathologists with the aim of teaching students how to apply classroom lessons to real life. The organizers, Forensics World, which offers educational programs in forensic science, criminal investigation and criminal law, try to make it as close to reality as possible. Off-duty police and medical examiners grade teams on their evidence collection and analysis, teamwork and interviewing skills.
This year, 55 student teams competed from high schools from across the entire tri-state area. They gleaned evidence from fabricated crime scenes and interviewed "witnesses." The program challenged students to learn every aspect of investigative procedures.
"I believe our team's victory can be directly attributed to the hard work and intelligence of our students, as well as the dedication of our faculty moderators Charles Jardines and Paul Cohen," noted Brother Leonard Conway, Principal of St. Francis Prep.
Brother Leonard Conway, O.S.F., with the winning St. Francis Prep Forensics Team.