Potomac State’s CJ Students Win First-Place in Crime Scene, Quiz Bowl State Competitions

Potomac State’s CJ Students Win First-Place in Crime Scene

A student team from Potomac State College of WVU’s Criminal Justice (CJ) program recently claimed first place in both the Crime Scene and the Quiz Bowl competitions at the annual West Virginia Criminal Justice Educators’ Association (WVCJEA) conference. Pictured with their trophies are front row from left: Olivia Canoy, Alicia Loy, Samantha Hesse, Brooke Hott, and Assistant CJ Professor Heidi Samuels.  Back row from left: CJ Instructor Nicklaus Goff, Bethany Roberts, Zachary Virts, Benjamin Parker, and Cody Rogers. 


Students enrolled in the Criminal Justice (CJ) program at Potomac State College of West Virginia University (WVU) claimed first place in both the Crime Scene and the Quiz Bowl competitions at the annual West Virginia Criminal Justice Educators’ Association (WVCJEA) conference held this fall at West Virginia State University in Charleston.

This two-day conference combines both competitive skill challenges for students and professional development opportunities for CJ professors throughout the state.  Additionally, some of the state’s most knowledgeable and high ranking CJ professionals serve as guest speakers.

The WVCJEA is an association made up of the majority of CJ programs offered at colleges and universities throughout West Virginia including: Bridge Valley Community and Technical College, Fairmont State University, Marshall University, Potomac State College of WVU, Salem International University, West Virginia State University, the WVU Institute of Technology, and WVU of Parkersburg. 

Students compete in (1) paper competition; (2) crime scene competition and (3) quiz bowl. This year, Potomac State College took first place in the crime scene and quiz bowl competitions. “This is pretty good considering that this is only the second time in the 20-year history of the WVCJEA that Potomac State has ever fielded a team,” said CJ Instructor Nicklaus Goff.

Seven colleges competed in the crime scene competition and six teams competed in the quiz bowl competition.

“We couldn’t be any more proud of our students who conducted themselves with such enthusiasm and professionalism,” said CJ Professor Heidi Samuels. “We are very fortunate to have such a good group of students.”

Potomac State offers both the two-year associate of arts degree as well as the two-year associate of applied science degree in CJ studies and a four-year CJ bachelor of applied science degree. To learn more about the program or the College, call Enrollment Services at 800-262-7332 or 305-788-6820 or go2psc@mail.wvu.edu .

The College is scheduled to host the WVCJEA Conference in the fall of 2017.