Out of 13 schools, Newberry High School scored highest at the 2016 Florida Public Service Association State Leadership conference.
Newberry High School’s Academy of Criminal Justice went home with the state championship trophy. For the last six years, Newberry has taken part in the conference, which judges schools on criteria ranging from community service to criminal case analysis.
Newberry’s criminal justice program teaches students various skills such as forensics, law, field work certification and defensive tactics. Academy director and High Springs police officer Patrick Treese said he works to make the program an authentic representation of the criminal justice field.
“We try to do things as realistic as possible in here,” Treese said.
Newberry won the conference with 121 points – 38 more points than the second-place school.