Vermillion criminal justice student wins national crime-solving title

Vermillion native Meagan OConnor, a criminal justice student at Colorado Technical University (CTU) in Sioux Falls, competed in a national crime-solving competition and helped her team bring home the first-place title.

Pictured are (back row), Meagan OConnor, Michael Thorson, Beau Devlin, Professor Michelle Nichol, Matthew Freeburg, and (front) Christa Dendinger, Cassandra Baumgaertner, Amber Taylor and Teena Johnson.

As a result of their teamwork and crime-scene training, OConnor and seven other students from the CTU Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma won first place in the Crime Scene Competition at the National Criminal Justice Honor Society conference in Toronto. They also earned second place in the College Bowl and won the Outstanding Chapter Goal Award for Unity.

OConnor is currently working toward her bachelor of science in criminal justice with a concentration in human services at CTU Sioux Falls, a leading provider of education for career-motivated students.

For the fifth consecutive year, CTU Sioux Falls won first place in the Crime Scene Investigation Competition, where students vied for the title against other university teams from across the country. As part of the challenge, the students were evaluated on their ability to accurately assess a mock crime scene, package evidence and interview suspects.

The Sioux Falls chapter also was one of only three chapters nationwide to receive the Outstanding Chapter Goal Award for Unity, which is given to groups exhibiting unity, leadership and service to their communities. In addition, the team took second place in the College Bowl, in which teams competed by answering a range of criminal justice-related questions.

OConnor is a graduate of Vermillion High School. She is the daughter of Larry and Rennae OConnor of Vermillion.

For more information about CTU, visit www.coloradotech.edu.

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