Ever since he was a little boy, my son "N" had the dream of becoming a police officer one day. This kid knew what he wanted, and he did everything he could possibly do to get to where he is today. He got good grades in college, where he majored in Criminal Justice and graduated summa cum laude. While in College, he worked as a summer police officer on the island of Nantucket. He also interned at a local police station, and they sponsored him to go to the part-time police academy in Plymouth MA. Upon graduation from the academy, he became a "Special" police officer for the town. A year and a half ago, he was hired as a part time officer in town. Five months ago, the town sponsored him to go to the full time police academy. Today, his dream came true as he graduated from the police academy and I couldn't be any more proud than I am at this moment. Not only did he complete the academy, which was very grueling both physically, mentally, and academically, but he graduated number one in his graduating class of 50 officers with a cumulative grade point average of 97.365. He was presented with the academic achievement award during today's ceremony. I had tears streaming down my face and it's a wonder I could have taken any decent photos (Thank God for lens vibration reduction) :-)
I can't help but brag so please bare with me. ;-) N had asked his dad if he would do the pinning of his badge during today's badge ceremony. It was such a proud moment for Mr. S!! (Let's just say I wasn't the only one wiping the tears!)
"So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life's A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you'll move mountains."
— Dr. Seuss (Oh, the Places You'll Go!)
The Specs for the class photo:
Nikon D90, ISO 200, 1/400, f10
The Specs for the pinning ceremony photo:
Nikon D90, 18-200 mm lens, ISO 2000, 1/60, f7.1