Potomac State College’s Criminal Justice Team earns trophy

The Criminal Justice team from West Virginia University Potomac State College is all smiles as they display their first-place trophy for taking top honors in the Crime Scene Competition at the West Virginia Criminal Justice Educators’ Association’s Annual Conference.  Faculty and team members include (front, left to right): PSC Heidi Samuels, PhD, associate professor of criminal justice; PSC Students Shawna Sites (Petersburg, W.Va.); Samantha Hesse (Maysville, W.Va.); Diana Hernandez (Moorefield, W.Va.); and PSC CJ Assistant Professor Nicklaus Goff, J.D.  Back row: PSC Students Julie Barnes (Bloomery, W.Va.); Darren Smith (Augusta, W.Va.); Derek Lee (Augusta, W.Va.); Bethany Roberts (Lonaconing Md.); Hunter Riley (Romney, W.Va.); and PSC CJ Instructor Danielle Lessard.

The Criminal Justice team from West Virginia University Potomac State College is all smiles as they display their first-place trophy for taking top honors in the Crime Scene Competition at the West Virginia Criminal Justice Educators’ Association’s Annual Conference.  Faculty and team members include (front, left to right): PSC Heidi Samuels, PhD, associate professor of criminal justice; PSC Students Shawna Sites (Petersburg, W.Va.); Samantha Hesse (Maysville, W.Va.); Diana Hernandez (Moorefield, W.Va.); and PSC CJ Assistant Professor Nicklaus Goff, J.D.  Back row: PSC Students Julie Barnes (Bloomery, W.Va.); Darren Smith (Augusta, W.Va.); Derek Lee (Augusta, W.Va.); Bethany Roberts (Lonaconing Md.); Hunter Riley (Romney, W.Va.); and PSC CJ Instructor Danielle Lessard.


West Virginia University Potomac State College’s Team of Criminal Justice students once again competed in the West Virginia Criminal Justice Educators’ Association’s Annual Conference this fall at Salem University in Salem, W.Va. 

Potomac State College students competed in both the Crime Scene Competition and the Quiz Bowl Competition.  The PSC team took top honors in the Crime Scene Competition, earning first place among eight teams.  The PSC team took second place in the Quiz Bowl Competition, losing only in a sudden death tiebreaker on the final question. 

According to Criminal Justice Professor, Nicklaus H. Goff, J.D., “The students showed great sportsmanship and performed exceedingly well under pressure.  They were the definition of a team and are to be commended on their success.  We [the criminal justice faculty] are so very proud of them.” 

The WVCJEA is an association made up of colleges and universities throughout the state of West Virginia that offer programs in criminal justice. 

Potomac State College is part of the WVU System located on the Keyser campus.