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December 30, 2016
EMPHASIS: Patrol Commissions 39 Troopers

Colonel J. Bret Johnson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces 39 troopers graduated from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy today, Friday, December 30, 2016. The ceremony took place at 10 a.m. in the Patrol's Law Enforcement Academy gymnasium. The 103rd Recruit Class reported to the Academy on July 5, 2016. The new troopers report for duty in their assigned troops on January 17, 2017.

Governor Jay Nixon provided the keynote address during the graduation ceremony. Department of Public Safety Director Lane Roberts and Colonel J. Bret Johnson also addressed the class. The Honorable Edward R. Ardini Jr., Missouri Court of Appeals - Western District, administered the Oath of Office to the new troopers. Dean Gil Kennon, vice president of College Affairs for Mineral Area College, conferred an associate of applied science degree to 12 of the new troopers.

Troop F Color Guard presented and retired the colors. Trooper Andrew A. Armstrong, Troop F, sang the national anthem. Reverend Jimmy C. McMasters, of Corning, AR, provided the invocation and benediction.

Four class awards were presented. The recruits accumulated points toward graduation in the categories of physical fitness, firearms, and academics throughout their 26 weeks at the Academy. The person with the highest number of points in each category earned the respective award. Trooper Nicholas A. Regan earned the physical fitness award. Trooper Justin L. Cleeton earned the firearms award. Trooper David A. Crowell earned the academic award. Trooper Tyson A. Hartshorn accepted the Superintendent's Award, which is presented to the person with the most points overall.

Listed below are the names, hometowns, and first assignments of members of the 103rd Recruit Class:

Name/Hometown/First Assignment
Nolan A. Bax, Loose Creek, Troop F, Callaway County
Eric L. Bennett, Ironton, Troop E, Wayne County
Chance D. Berry, Poplar Bluff, MO, Troop E, Butler/ Ripley Counties
Chanan Boatright, Mountain Grove, MO, Troop G, Northern Howell/Shannon Counties
Darren M. Bridges, Stockton, MO, Troop A, Clay County

Robert T. Carter, Jr., Lee's Summit, MO, Troop H, Andrew/Buchanan Counties
Justin L. Cleeton, Morrisville, MO, Troop D, Jasper County
Anthony J. Cook, Aurora, MO, Troop D, Jasper County
Brian N. Crawford, West Plains, MO, Troop I, Phelps/Maries Counties
David A. Crowell, Byrnes Mill, MO, Troop C, Jefferson County

Michael L. Crutcher, St. Louis, MO, Troop C, St. Charles County
Zachariah C. Dudley, Rogersville, MO, Troop D, Webster County
Jeffery G. Durbin, Paris, MO, Troop C, Warren County
Benjamin S. Giesler, Arnold, MO, Troop C, St. Francois County
Aaron T. Grainger, Benton, MO, Troop E, Stoddard County

Nathan E. Griffin, Poplar Bluff, MO, Troop E, New Madrid/Pemiscot Counties
Tyson A. Hartshorn, Lathrop, MO, Troop A, Clay County
Thomas Ren Hecker, Raymore, MO, Troop H, Nodaway/Worth Counties
Dylan W. Jehnzen, Kansas City, MO, Troop H, Andrew/Buchanan Counties
Callie A. Judy, Columbia, MO, Troop C, Warren County

Jacob M. Langley, Nixa, MO, Troop C, Franklin County
Andrew Wight Lawman, Columbia, MO, Troop F, Callaway County
Max R. Lawson, Iberia, MO, Troop F, Miller County (marine enforcement)
Aaron A. Lindley, Saint Thomas, MO, Troop F, Camden County (marine enforcement)
Daniel C. Mahalik, Crystal Lake, IL, Troop C, Warren County

Shane W. Mahaney, Foristell, MO, Troop F, Camden County (marine enforcement)
Corey D. Parrott, Lincoln, MO, Troop A, Johnson County
Gentry T. Pemberton, Centralia, MO, Troop F, Boone County
Nicholas A. Regan, Platte City, MO, Troop H, Atchison/Holt Counties
Jason N. Rigsby, Rolla, MO, Troop I, Phelps/Maries Counties

Jacob S. Schwartz, Ozark, MO, Troop D, Taney County
Jason L. Sentman, Salem, MO, Troop G, Texas County
Marsalis Sherod, Florissant, MO, Troop C, St. Charles County
Michael T. Soriano, Collinsville, IL, Troop C, Franklin County
Zayne B. Tate, Norwood, MO, Troop G, Carter/Reynolds Counties
Cody D. Tucker, Piedmont, MO, Troop E, New Madrid/Pemiscot Counties

Sadie D. Turnbull, Columbia, MO, Troop F, Camden (marine enforcement)
Jesse J. Wagner, Ash Grove, MO, Troop F, Morgan/Moniteau Counties (marine enforcement)
Andrew M. Warren, Ironton, MO, Troop C, Pike County