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Explorer accepted at Texas A&M

Staff reports

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Captain Kim Smith has been accepted into the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets in College Station, Texas. Smith, 17, graduates from Douglas High School this year and will begin her studies at Texas A&M this summer.

The Texas A&M University boasts a 2,100 member corps of cadets, both men and women, and has the largest corps of cadets of any civilian university in the country. With the exception of the uniformed services academies at West Point, Annapolis and Colorado Springs, Texas A&M commissions more officers than any other university.

“Kim’s record speaks for itself. She is an outstanding young woman who has a burning desire to excel. Not only is she a very hard worker, she is also a role model for other sheriff’s office Explorer cadets to model themselves after,” said Sheriff Ron Pierini. “Her competitive nature will surely be beneficial to her while she pursues her academic goals. Kim’s numerous academic and athletic achievements are far outweighed by her compassion to help people and by her aspiration to just be a good person.”

Kim received her letter in basketball playing point guard for the Douglas High School varsity basketball team. She also lettered in cross-country. She has been a Law Enforcement Explorer with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for four years, and has risen through the ranks to that of post captain. As the captain, she is the highest-ranking Explorer, responsible for providing leadership for planning and executing the post program and activities.

Because of her distinction as an Explorer leader, she was one of only 30 Law Enforcement Explorers in the country selected to attend the highly competitive and prestigious FBI National Leadership Academy in Washington, D.C., last summer. During this week of intensive training, the Explorers are provided leadership and management training every morning at FBI headquarters and then spend the afternoon with a different federal law enforcement agency every day.

It was during this leadership academy that Smith voiced her desire to become a Marine Corps officer and to pursue a career in federal law enforcement, perhaps the FBI. She learned about the opportunities available to young men and women at Texas A&M and visited the campus soon thereafter. Texas A&M, which places a high premium on demonstrated leadership and extra-curricular activities, allows only five percent of its entering freshmen class to come from outside the state of Texas, so Smith’s acceptance is evidence of her well-rounded development as a student-athlete and community leader.

“Attending Texas A&M is an opportunity of a lifetime and I can not think of anyone more deserving. We will miss Kim immensely at the sheriff’s department, and we recognize her for all of the hard work she has put in during the last four years. The time and effort she has put in is now paying dividends,” Pierini said.