Oklahoma student to attend FBI National Academy Youth Leadership Program

Bristow resident Nicholas Groom, 17, has been chosen to attend the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates, Inc. Your Leadership Program in Quantico, Virginia beginning July 22.

Through Groom's participation in the recent Oklahoma Highway Patrol Cadet Lawman Academy, he was selected for his leadership abilities, academics and participation in school programs.

"This is the second year that an Oklahoman will attend this prestigious academy," said Second Lieutenant Chris West.

The program is comprised of law enforcement professionals who are graduates of the FBI National Academy. They seek qualified high school sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated above-average academic standards, as well as good citizenship, to participate in a week-long program of leadership development in the nation's Capitol and the FBI Academy facility.

The program is not limited to young persons interested in a future career in law enforcement, interested candidates should possess a desire to gain knowledge in the American system of criminal justice, including police organization and function, criminal law and the structure and operation of criminal courts. The program is open to both males and females.

"Nicholas was a very conscientious cadet and surfaced as a leader at Oklahoma's academy this year," said First Lieutenant Stewart Meyer, commandant of the OHP Cadet Lawman Academy. "He is a good choice to attend in Quantico, and I understand he was quick and deliberate in the answers he submitted during the oral interview with the FBI."

Groom wrestles and plays football for Bristow High School. He is vice president of the student council and was selected for the tri-state honor choir. He attends meetings of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes program and performed in a recent school play.

He stated on his application that he hope dto gain skills that will help make him a better leader in his school as well as his community.