Last week, Ivy Yarckow-Brown, senior istructor of criminology, traveled with 8 students from Missouri State University to attend the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference (ACJS) and the Annual Alpha Phi Sigma Conference in Baltimore, MD.
Several students from Missouri State University, along with Yarckow-Brown, ran all four national positions. This is called a Presidential Slate. In 2017, the chapter tried this and lost by one vote.
The positions have been held by two schools over the past 20 years, and the incumbent is always expected to win.
Missouri State won all four positions in Alpha Phi Sigma. They will serve across the country and in Canada until May 2021.
The students are as follows:
- Nicholas Stuart, National President
- Lacey Darnell, National Secretary
- Sydney Debrick, National Treasurer
- Yarckow-Brown, National Adviser
The students and Yarckow-Brown will serve on the National Board, attend National Board meetings each fall and attend and oversee the National Conference for the next 2 years.
Additionally, 4 other Missouri State students won first place in the College Criminal Justice Criminology Quiz Bowl:
- Claire Smith
- Mayce Foster
- Kayleb Adams
- MaKenzi Meyer
The above students also presented a roundtable discussion on the topic of “Social Media and Human Trafficking” with Micah Murdock, another MSU student at the ACJS conference.
Stuart was also awarded the V. A. Leonard Scholarship for Graduate Students at the conference. The scholarship is known as one of the two top scholarship in the organization.