Twenty students concluded their week-long training at the Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police's first Youth Academy with a recognition ceremony recently.

Twenty students concluded their week-long training at the Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police’s first Youth Academy with a recognition ceremony recently.

They are: Johnathan Adkins, of Dover; Ross Alexander Jr., of Bear; Alistair Bebbington, of Newark; Benjamin Burris, of Lothian, Maryland; Troy Christiansen, of Dover; Joshua Dyer, of Dover; Haley Erickson, of Clayton; Joseph Harwell, of Newark; Ethan Hines, of Townsend; Logan Koenig, of Dover; Noah Kracyla, of Townsend; Conner McDerby, of Newark; Joseph McDermott, of Townsend; Easley Pierson, of Smyrna; Alexander Poore, of New Castle; Luke Poore, of New Castle; Anthony Puleo, of Newark; William Shahan, of Newark; Trevor Smith, of Middletown, and James Williams, of Marydel.

Awards were issued to William Shahan for leadership; James Williams, teamwork; Easley Pierson, sharpshooting; Joseph Mcdermott, archery; and Trevor Smith, fishing.

Ages 12-15 completed Delaware boating and hunter education classes and received certificates.

The majority of the training was held at the DNREC’s Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center in New Castle. Students completed field scenarios, including checking deer stands and duck blinds, using a decoy deer to arrest poachers and making contact with visitors to wildlife areas. They learned about safe operation of vessels and on-the-water enforcement activities.