GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- After a week of training, 44 cadets have completed the 52nd Junior Law Academy and they graduated Friday.

Cadets from across Nebraska have trained all week to get a glimpse of what it takes to be a trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP).

Junior Law is an annual program organized by the American Legion Department of Nebraska and hosted by the NSP Training Academy in Grand Island. Troopers from across Nebraska come together to teach the cadets and make presentations related to many aspects of NSP operations.

“This has been a week filled with exciting and eye-opening experiences for this class of cadets,” Captain Greg Miller, Commander of the NSP Training Academy said. “The cadets have demonstrated discipline, determination, and skill. Those attributes will serve them well as they move toward completing high school and into their future careers. We’d love to see many of them back here at the Training Academy in a few years, ready to join the ranks as Nebraska State Troopers.”

Cadets at Junior Law have recently completed their junior year of high school. There were 18 girls and 26 boys who graduated from the 52nd Junior Law Academy during a ceremony Friday afternoon in Grand Island. NSP and the American Legion honored several of the top performers during the week-long academy.

2022 Outstanding Cadet: Mathew Zitek from Louisville (Boys), Schyler Schwisow from Western (Girls)

2022 Marksmanship Award: Braden Hiser from Seward (Boys), Thea Wahl from Ayr (Girls)

2022 Driving Award: Dylan Krueger from McCook (Boys), Destiny Frye from Sidney (Girls)

Applications for the 53rd Junior Law Academy, scheduled for June 2023, will be made available in the upcoming months. The academy is open to boys and girls who are preparing for their senior year in high school.