Updated: January 26, 2022 05:53 PM
Created: January 26, 2022 05:50 PM
The Minnesota Sheriffs' Association has announced its annual list of scholarship winners,and two area college students are among the 24 recipients.
Katie Chamernick, a native of Chisholm currently living in Duluth; and Hayden Picek of Cook, each received a $2,000 scholarship to assist with education costs as they pursue a degree that will lead to a career in law enforcement.
St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman presented Chamernick and Picek with checks on behalf of the MSA.
Chamernick is a student at the University of Minnesota Duluth, majoring in criminology. She previously attended Hibbing Community College. In her application, Chamernick stated that growing up as the daughter of a police officer, she was always able to see the positive impact law enforcement could make in a community.
Picek is enrolled in the Law Enforcement Program at Hibbing Community College. He serves on the Cook Fire Department and Ambulance Service, and says that it was his interactions with law enforcement at emergency scenes that led him to pursue a career in law enforcement.
He told us he hopes to work for St. Louis County someday. "I've been excited about public safety ever since I was young. Once I joined the fire department and ambulance service in Cook, I was able to work some accident scenes with law enforcement. And working with those guys encouraged me to go further into public safety, and that's what I decided to do," Picek said.
"My main goal is to help resconstruct the relationship with the community, and I'd like to regain trust," he added.
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