Students from the Mission High School (MHS) Criminal Justice Department program have qualified to advance to state level competitions in five different categories. They qualified during the recent regional Texas Public Service Association competition held in Weslaco.

The blood spatter team placed first at the Weslaco competition. Team members are: Angel Flores, Ryan Vick, Miranda Neagle. This is the first year this category was used in competition at regionals. So this is not only a first for MHS, but also the first team to win in this category at regionals.

The cell extraction team placed first at regionals. Team members are: Zackery Clemons, Enoch Perez, Gerry Esquivel, Nathaniel Hernandez, Fabian Ahumada, Ramiro Marquez.

The crime scene investigation team placed second at regionals and qualifies for state. Team members are: Noevelyn Garza, Angel Flores, Miranda Neagle.

Zackery Clemons qualified for state in the fire obstacle course (male) competition by placing second at regionals.

Alexis Aranda will compete in the fire search and rescue maze category at state after placing second at regionals.

The criminal justice competitions require a unique mixture of analytical skills, attention to detail, and physical/mental tact.

The state competitions will be held in Houston, Texas in March.