Texas – Galveston College
recognized the 13 graduates of its 31st Law Enforcement Academy on May 21 at a
ceremony in the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing on the Galveston College campus.
director of the Law Enforcement Academy, served as master of ceremonies and
introduced Galveston College President, Dr. Myles Shelton, who gave welcoming
remarks to family and friends of the graduates. Dr. Shelton commended the work
of the program instructors and the cadets and congratulated the graduates as
they launched their careers.
Eric Vela, who was the class valedictorian, spoke on behalf of the class and
gave thanks to family members, instructors and Galveston College for the
opportunity of attending the academy.
Chief Vernon Hale
of the Galveston Police Department spoke as a representative of the law
enforcement community and welcomed the graduates to the ranks of law
Eric Vela spoke on behalf of the class and gave thanks to family members,
instructors and Galveston College for the opportunity of attending the academy.
A presentation of
special awards included the Top Gun award for the best marksmanship on the
firing range by cadet Paulino Cisneros. The top academic achievement award went
to Eric Vela.
Cadet Class 31
instructors included William Kilburn of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office,
Barton Stephenson of Galveston College, Jacob Manuel of the Galveston County Sheriff’s
Office and Ronald Phillips of Alvin Community College.
included Alexian Barnes, Paulino Cisneros, Veronica De La Garza, Roxanna
Donowho, Jesse Ellisor, Barrington Hanna, James Mason, Corey Presley, Mario
Reyes, Alan Sweis, Osvaldo Garcia, Eric Vela and Ryan Zuniga.
Graduates of the 31st Law Enforcement Academy of
Galveston College include (front row from left) Ryan Zuniga, Veronica De La
Garza, Roxanna Donowho, (back row from left) Eric Vela, Alan Sweis, Mario
Reyes, Corey Presley, James Mason, Barrington Hanna, Jesse Ellisor and Paulino
Cisneros. Not pictured is Alexian Barnes.