​Harrisburg, PA – Acting Commissioner Robert Evanchick announced today that 104 cadets graduated from the State Police Academy in Hershey and have been assigned to troops across the commonwealth. The men and women represent the 155th graduating cadet class.

The ceremony at Scottish Rite Cathedral marked the culmination of 27 weeks of classroom and physical training. Cadet Matthew R. Cruver, from Orange County, New York, spoke on behalf of the graduating class.

Five cadets received special awards and recognition at the ceremony:

  • The American Legion Award, presented to the most outstanding cadet in recognition of all-around academic, physical, ethical, and moral qualifications: Andrew W. Reid, Mifflin County
  • The Colonel Ronald L. Sharpe Award, presented to the cadet who most exemplifies the qualities of leadership: Ryan M. Cordingly, Lackawanna County
  • The Colonel John K. Schafer Award, presented to the cadet who achieved the highest combined score on a series of physical skills tests: Conner T. DeGusipe, Fayette County
  • The Commissioner Daniel F. Dunn Award, presented to the cadet who earned the highest level of academic achievement in the class: Austin T. Weaver, Allegheny County
  • The Colonel Paul J. Chylak Award, presented to the cadet who demonstrated the highest proficiency in driver safety training: Andrew L. Harriger, Venango County
  • The Sergeant Charles B. Gesford Award, presented to the cadet who scored the highest on the department’s pistol qualification course: Cory E. Elliott, Westmoreland County

Locally assigned graduates:

Troop L, Reading
John M. Rayho Jr. of Dauphin County

Troop L, Schuylkill Haven
Bradley W. Tymchyshyn of Schuylkill County

Troop K, Philadelphia
Vincent J. Scardilli of Ocean County, NJ