After 27 weeks of written and physical tests, Spencer McConnell graduated Jan. 15 from the California Highway Patrol Academy. He was ranked ninth in his class.
His dream has always been to become a law enforcement officer, and in July 2015, McConnell was accepted into the CHP academy, which is considered one of the most elite law enforcement training facilities in the nation. About 40% of all cadets don’t graduate. Some quit and some don’t pass the required testing.
McConnell, 25, graduated from Yosemite High in 2008, and from Fresno State with a Bachelors in Exercise Science Kinesiology in 2014. During college, he participated in the Army ROTC program, and received the title of Second Lieutenant U.S. Army (Speciality Military Police).
His parents are Dennis and Kellie of Coarsegold. In 2014, he married Samantha Dominici, whose father (Steve) is a 21-year veteran with the CHP, while grandfather (Ronn) retired after 33 years with the CHP.
McConnell has been assigned to the Westminster area of Orange County.