PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre teen has quite a story to tell regarding how she spent part of her summer vacation. 17-year-old Miranda Panzer, who’s a student at Riggs High School, attended the FBI Youth Leadership program at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Panzer’s father, Captain Dave Panzer, works for the Pierre Police Department and is also an academy attendee, having been there in 2002. Miranda Panzer says she applied to take part in the leadership program at the academy at the advice of her Dad.
Panzer was one of 60 students at the June event. She says the application process to be considered for the program was quite lengthy.
She was one of four who were interviewed in Fargo, North Dakota in April to represent the states of SD, ND, Minnesota and the Canadian province of Manitoba at the academy and she was selected to go. Besides attending academy classes on topics like constitutional law, speech and leadership, the group also got to tour sites in the nation’s capital, including the White House, Washington Memorial and the Capitol Building. They also had to be in good shape as they participated in early morning runs and group exercises. Like adult graduates, the students received a “yellow brick” if they successfully completed an obstacle course. The younger Panzer says she enjoyed the academy during her time there from June 20-28.
Captain Panzer says having his daughter follow in his footsteps in going to the academy is quite special.
He says attending the graduation for his daughter’s class, ten years after he was there was a memorable experience.
Miranda Panzer says at this point, she is thinking about going on into a forensics field after she graduates from high school. Besides Captain Panzer, others with the Pierre Police Department who have had academy training are Captain Elton Blemaster, Sergeant Brian Hines and Chief Bob Grandpre. About four years ago, another former Pierre student-Kayla Pochop-also attended the Youth Leadership Program there.
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