The most academically successful class in
academy history was honored Tuesday, Dec. 7, during graduation
ceremonies for the SWTJC Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy.
total of 20 cadets received certificates upon successful completion of
the 700-hour basic peace officer training course.
Graduates include Antonio G. Alejandro, III, Alexandro J. Barrientos,
Angel De Jesus Cervantes, Annette Rae Elizondo, Daniel John Flores,
Sarah Faith, Carlos R. Franco, Ramon Garza, Leonel Gonzalez and Hector
Also, Louis G. Landry, Jr., Angel R. Leija, Ismael Mendoza, Jr.,
Michael A. Moss, Rodolfo R. Rangel, Derek J. Reagan, Feliciano San
Miguel, Mario Vargas, Gregory P. Villa and Jason A. Woolf.
According to academy coordinator Lloyd Dragoo, Class Charlie 10 had
the highest average on the state licensing exam in the 34-year history
of the academy.
"The class average on the 250-question state exam was 90 and that is
the highest in the history of this academy," Dragoo said. "In addition,
cadet Derek Reagan scored a 95, and that is the highest individual score
we’ve ever had recorded."
In his remarks to the graduates, Dragoo commended the group for their
hard work over the past four months.
"Your graduation today is testimony to your commitment,
self-discipline, hard work and resilience," Dragoo said. "It has been my
privilege to train and get to know these fine young men and women, and I
wish them all continued success as they begin their careers as Texas
Derek Sandoval, chair of the kinesiology department at SWTJC, was
guest speaker at the recent graduation ceremony.
Sandoval congratulated the cadets on their successful completion of
the class and for choosing a career in law enforcement.
"Congratulations for the courage you have shown, for taking on the
responsibility you have accepted and for stepping out into a world of
uncertainty," Sandoval said.
Class president Hector Hernandez also addressed his classmates and
the large gathering of family and friends in the Matthews Student Center
"Four months ago we were total strangers, but we have learned to put
our differences aside and work together," Hernandez said. "I think we
all motivated each other to do our best and I am very thankful for
Academy instructor Mike Leavene served as master of ceremonies and
SWTJC instructor J.J. Suarez presented awards and certificates.
Prior to the awarding of certificates to individual graduates, top
student awards were presented including: valedictorian, highest academic
average and best baton qualification score, Derek Reagan; best firearms
qualification score, Angel R. Leija; and best driving course
qualification score, Ismael Mendoza, Jr.
Other top student awards were presented to Louis Landry, best baton
qualification score; Antonio Gomez Alejandro, III, best final physical
fitness test score; and Feliciano San Miguel, best mechanics of arrest
Academy instructors and SWTJC Workforce Training and Development
Director Romelia Aranda presented certificates of completion to each
The basic peace officer training course at SWTJC consists of 700
hours of instruction, both "hands on" as well as classroom, covering all
the requirements of the State of Texas for the licensing of a peace
Applications are now being accepted for spring law enforcement day
and night academies in Uvalde and Eagle Pass. Classes
will begin in January.
For more information on the academy and upcoming classes call
591-4158 or 591-7314.