Hiram Johnson Law Academy students win medals at SkillsUSA competition

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Nine cadets from Hiram Johnson High School’s Law Academy competed in the SkillsUSA state championship last weekend in San Diego, and two returned with medals.

SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry founded in 1965 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education. The SkillsUSA state championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in California. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and on to the national levels.

Hiram Johnson students competed in the Criminal Justice and Crime Scene Investigation industry skills sector. All nine cadets performed exceptionally well in the Criminal Justice skills event, in which each cadet was judged on how they handled a felony vehicle stop scenario.

Jose Benities won a bronze medal and Jacob Lee received a gold medal, making him the reigning state champion. Lee now advances to the national competition.

The Sacramento Police Foundation, California Partnership Academies and SCUSD’s Linked Learning Department provided the cadets with the opportunity to participate.