Tiffany Hopkins bio
Name: Tiffany Hopkins
Hobbies and extracurricular activities: Reading, volleyball, organizing a debate team and volunteering at blood drives.
Future: Plans to attend Cooley Law School to become a lawyer.
EUREKA TOWNSHIP — A Grattan Academy junior is getting an opportunity to attend a week-long forum about law and crime scene investigation (CSI) after being nominated and receiving an invitation.
Tiffany Hopkins, 16, will attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law and CSI taking place in July in Washington, D.C.
“I was shocked at first,” Hopkins said. “Once I started reading about it, I thought it was awesome.”
She said she was nominated by a staff member from Grattan Academy, however she is not sure which staff member gave her this opportunity.
Grattan Academy Principal and Superintendent Tom Kreiner said the staff at Grattan is very excited for Hopkins and the opportunity she has received.
“We are proud of her accomplishments,” Kreiner said. “Tiffany is an outstanding student with leadership skills.”
Hopkins, who plans to attend school to become a lawyer, said she cannot wait to get to Washington, D.C., and learn as much as possible.
According to a letter to Hopkins from the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law and CSI Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Marguerite Regan, the forum will enhance leadership skills and how to implement them upon the student’s return home.
“By attending the forum on law and CSI, you will gain valuable insight into the challenges and rewards of a career in the legal and forensic science fields,” the letter stated.
While in Washington, D.C., students will tour prominent law schools, law firms and legal institutions.
“I am most excited about the Supreme Court mock trial,” Hopkins said.
Outside of the Supreme Court activity, the students will also participate in a simulation that gathers evidence from a crime scene and the steps professionals take using the evidence through a trail.
“The forum on law and CSI is a practical, hands-on experience that will provide you with a real-life look at the fields of law, forensic science and crime scene investigation and enhance your ability to make the very best decisions about your future and your career,” the letter stated.
Hopkins said the tuition for the week-long forum is $1,600, but that does not include airfare, food and hotel cost. After figuring everything out, Kreiner said they are estimating about $2,500 for the total cost of the trip.
The school and family are working together to help offset the cost of the trip. So far, fundraisers such as popcorn sales have helped raise a couple hundred dollars from Hopkins, Kreiner said.
“It nice to see other (students) show support,” he said.
Hopkins will be traveling with 25 other students who have also been nominated to partake in the forum.
“This is a tremendous opportunity and it’s well earned and deserved,” Kreiner said and added it will enhances Hopkins’ post-secondary opportunities. “I can’t wait to see where (Hopkins) is in 10 years.”