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20 November 2008

Matthew A. Blount (courtesy photo)

JSU Criminal Justice Major
Top Medal Winner at Regional Meeting

Matthew A. Blount, a JSU Criminal Justice major, attended the Fall 2008 Lambda Alpha Epsilon regional meeting where he received 7 medals in various student competitions. This year the competition was held in Tallahassee, Florida.

Lambda Alpha Epsilon is a student-oriented component unit of the American Criminal Justice Association, which has 235 active chapters in colleges and universities around the nation. JSU and Alabama are in Region 5, comprising the Southeastern USA. The annual Fall meeting brings together students and faculty for workshops, lectures and competitions. Mr. Blount was one of the JSU-CJ representatives for 2008 and he entered many of the competitions.

Matt originally is from Pelham, Alabama and his parents and a brother still live there. He and the rest of his family live in the Jacksonville and Anniston/Oxford area.

His awards included first place medals in Corrections, Criminal Law, Men's Agility and for shooting with the winning Firearms Team; a second place medal in Crime Scene Knowledge; and third place medals for Police Management and Individual Firearms. His collection of medals was the greatest number acquired by a single competitor in recent memory.

At JSU Matt has a 3.80 grade point average at JSU and is one of CJ's top academic students this year. He is actively involved with the Student Government Association and serves as an Associate Justice on the Student Judiciary Council.

He is a veteran with nine years service in the Army, eight years on active duty stationed in both Texas and Germany and has spent the last year in the Army Reserve while going to school at JSU. He also is an ROTC cadet, minoring in Military Science and is considering military service among his career options. In the JSU ROTC program he is on the University's Ranger Challenge team and serves as the Color Guard Team Captain.


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