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Criminal Justice Students Take Top Alpha Phi Sigma Honors

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 6:21 am / March 10, 2011

For the third year in a row, criminal justice students in Boise State’s Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society took home more awards than any other student chapter at the annual Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society conferences held concurrently in Toronto, Canada, March 1-5.

At the weeklong conference, students representing the 400 Alpha Phi Sigma chapters at accredited four-year universities across the country competed in academic events.

“Once again, our students really shined,” said Andrew Giacomazzi, chair of Boise State’s Criminal Justice Department, the Boise State Alpha Phi Sigma chapter adviser and a national council member of the organization. “Our student achievements in the areas of leadership, service and academic excellence are simply unsurpassed. It’s impressive and a credit to Boise State and to the caliber of students who come here.”

Eleven Boise State criminal justice honor students spent the week at the conference along with several of their professors. Individual awards went to the following Boise State students:

  • Tyler Johnson (Idaho Falls) won the $500 graduate General Knowledge Exam after completing a grueling two-hour essay.
  • Tate Fegley (Bismark, N.D.) won the $500 undergraduate General Knowledge Scholarship after earning the highest grade on a general knowledge exam on criminal justice. Fegley also placed second in the National Undergraduate Paper Competition for his paper titled “Land of the Fee, Home of the Imprisoned: A Comparison of Incarceration Rates Among the U.S. and Other Industrialized Nations.”
  • A team of Boise State students placed first in the National Knowledge Bowl competition. Team members included Johnson, Fegley, Chance Cooper (Blue Springs, Mo.) and Kendal Dyksterhouse (Bozeman, Mont.).

The Boise State chapter won the National Service Award for its work in the Treasure Valley community, including service to the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) holiday gift drive and ongoing work to promote victims’ rights.

Boise State’s Alpha Phi Sigma chapter was founded in 1983 and is recognized as one of the most active chapters across the country.