After spending the past week getting a taste of what it takes to become a state trooper, the cadets will graduate during a ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday at West Virginia State University.
While enrolled in the program the cadets live, train and learn at the West Virginia State Police Academy in Institute.
They sleep in the same barracks and use the same facilities as the adults who undergo the intensive 25-week training it takes to become a state trooper.
Oglesby said the program is designed to help students with an interest in law enforcement decide if the field is right for them.
"It's to plant the seed, to see if this is something that you're really interested in," she said.
Each day of the program, the students wake at 5 a.m. for physical fitness training. For the rest of the day, until 10 p.m., the students are kept busy with activities like marching drills, firearms training and classes covering different aspects of law enforcement.
After making it through the program, Oglesby said the students are often changed by their experience.
"You take all these different personalities, all these different upbringings and ways of life and you put them in this program, it's amazing -- the difference from day one to day five," she said.
Even if the junior cadets don't go on to pursue a career in law enforcement, Oglesby said the lessons learned in the program can last a lifetime.
"It lays a foundation," she said. "One of the biggest things we teach here is discipline and hard work, and that applies to all aspects of life. It's really a building block for the rest of their lives."
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