Bishop Ward High School

Largest Class of JPA Graduates From Bishop Ward!

Bishop Ward High School was excited to welcome back the Honorable Judge Aaron Roberts ’96 as guest speaker for their Junior Police Academy’s (JPA) graduation on Wednesday, May 18. Thanks to the hard work of the JPA sponsor, Officer Santiago Vasquez, this class has grown each graduation with 38 students completing it this year.

Judge Roberts spoke to the students about his path to becoming a district judge and how important it is to be a contributing citizen in your community. His speech reinforced what they learned as students in the program where they had a chance to meet people who work in public safety and gained a better understanding of their role as a citizen. 

“Each year this program has grown and this year was no different,” said Officer Vasquez. “This year was especially unique as we had the opportunity to go on multiple field trips and talk about current events such as the legalization of cannabis in Colorado and use of force by police officers. The students gained a lot of valuable life lessons out of this year and I am proud of each of them.”

Students had the exciting opportunity to go on two field trips this year, one to the Wyandotte County jail and a second Headquarters of the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department, The Office of the Wyandotte County District Attorney, and the Juvenile District Court, where the students visited with Judge Delia York ’95.

This marks the fourth year of the Junior Police Academy at Bishop ward High School and fits into the mission of the school as they prepare students to one day contribute back to their community.