High Schoolers Can Become Cops?

High Schoolers Can Become Cops?

Carl Wunsche High School offers an unique opportunity for students interested in law enforcement.
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Carl Wunsche Sr. High School, home of the phoenix, was built on the premise that real industry experience can help create a better prepared workforce for our future without compromising the essential core classes that create the foundation for students. It is with this unique mission in mind that the Criminal Justice Pathway explorers the important role of the first responder, corrections, and legal professionals.

With the changing landscape of our society, preparing dedicated community members who want to implement change is important if we want to continue to be the finest example of police professionals in the world.

Our students get chances for hands-on training that most people only experience in higher education or academies. We are the only high school in the state of Texas that has a sanctioned courtroom where legal students not only get to practice public speaking and courtroom demeanor but understand the pressures that come with the environment of that hallowed space.

Carl Wunsche is moving forward on a changeable search house that will be used for training our students and members of our policing community. Wunsche is also moving forward with improvements to our forensic department, understanding that trace evidence is not just important to today’s legal cases but now a normal standard.

With all these initiatives coming to fruition it seemed logical to share in the academic and hands-on learning with future Wunsche students. Our team and student leadership developed a mobile training center we call WATCH, Wunsche Academy Teaching Community Heroes. This center will reach out to elementary and middle schools all over Spring ISD to strengthen the connection between police and their community. The best part of WATCH will be the instructors, our Wunsche student leadership. Leading instruction seminars for younger students will go a long way in reinforcing the lessons learned in the classroom while providing much-needed role models for younger students to look up to while navigating the complicated world of adolescence.


Every year we go to an event called, National Night Out. National Night Out is an event where the community and law enforcement come together to understand the culture that we live in, in order to build a bridge between the community and law enforcement.

I was honored to attend National Night Out with my classmates and my team. It was an honor to present the colors. This would have to be my 2nd year coming to this event, and since last year they’ve improved and made it way more fun for the kids. The most memorable part of that day is just seeing the little kids happy going to each booth and getting something out of it. The best part of that day would have to be dancing with the little kids and just interacting with them and as well with the parents. It’s amazing to see that the community actually reaches out to our Spring ISD Police Department and they don’t see them as just working men/women, but they see them as a normal person that likes to have fun.

- Joanna V.
Class of 2018

We also go to volunteer at local events:

The Criminal Justice and the Medical Pathway from Wunsche High School went to Operation Stand Down on October 6, 2017. We had a long ride there but we all can honestly say it was worth the drive. We were shocked when we arrived at MacGregor Park to see all the veterans that needed help. We felt honored to be a big part of the operation. We helped move food and put it into bags, fix bags up with supplies, helped in the medical tent, and gave medical supplies out. The experience really showed us how we could help and what doing our part looks like. The best part of the whole day was hearing the veterans tell stories and going back and forth to say who is better. We had the Army, the Marines, the Navy, and the Air Force. The experience was really humbling and we were very honored to be a part of Operation Stand Down and help the brave people who helped us. As a side note, my amazing teacher Mr.Underwood is a veteran for the Marines.

- Ananda Temple

Class of 2019

The Wunsche Criminal Justice Pathway is a place where learning and experience go hand in hand knowing that service is the ultimate goal. Our students were there for community members affected by Hurricane Harvey and continue to be ready to serve when the opportunity presents itself.

At our career academy, we understand that the world is not always a welcoming place, but our students are ready to succeed with the skills they’ve learned and a confidence born of intense preparation.

In the world of public safety, there is a huge, friendly rivalry between red and blue; Fire/EMS vs. Police. Both sides have great pride in their "thin lines", but at the end of the day both put their differences aside to come together for a common goal: serving the greater good. Both industries often receive cross-training to understand the roles their counterparts play and take the skills they learn to apply in their field.

On October 18, 2017, Wunsche's EMT program collaborated with their Law Enforcement brethren to learn new skills. Instructed by Wunsche's lead law enforcement instructor Keith Underwood, the EMT students learned a plethora of hand restraint and control techniques that can be used to subdue a violent patient. We focus on multidisciplinary education, allowing students to experience real-life scenarios and gain valuable skills that can directly translate to the real world.

At the end of a student’s high school career, they have the opportunity to become certified in Texas Department of Corrections, EMT-B, 911 dispatch and have the opportunity to intern with Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Cypress Creek EMS. Carl Wunsche High School offers an unique opportunity for students interested in law enforcement. This is a program that is simply unparalleled.

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Dear Soon-To-Be Seniors

These are a few things we'd like to tell you about Senior year.
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Dear soon-to-be high school seniors,

Goodbye. As the class of ahead of you, we've watched you grow, always one step behind us. As we graduate, there are some things I'd like to tell you about your last year of high school.

Yes, Senior year can be just as amazing as everyone says it is, if you make it that way. But don't think it's a blow-off year with no work. This year may hold some of the most stressful times of your life.Be prepared for late nights writing papers or hard tests that could make or break your graduation status. However, don't stress too much about homework. A question I often asked myself this year was, "in twenty years, will I remember staying up till 2am studying for Econ? Or will I remember a fun night with my friends?" Ok, probably not the best advice if you don't have the best of grades, but most of the time you stress yourself out for no reason and miss out on fun things.

Another thing, try to get on the college grind early. If you haven't already, start looking at colleges and applying! Then narrow it down as soon as you can. You don't want to be stressed about that decision in the last month of senior year. Honestly, the sooner you can make your decision, the happier and less stressed you will probably be.

It's not too late to join new things either; a lot of people join a sport or a club senior year and have a lot of fun because of it. So try that thing you've always wanted to join! Speaking of which, go to prom! I won't tell you prom is the best experience of your life because for some people it's not, but it's pretty amazing. Don't stress too much about getting a date, either the right guy/girl will show up, or you'll just go with your friends and still have a blast.

Don't be too rude to the underclassmen. You were that young just a few years ago. And they're the ones who usually put your senior nights together, so make sure you thank them. Also keep in mind that they are looking up to you. Remember those seniors you looked up to just a few short years ago? Be a good example. Take your place in the school as Seniors and continue where we left off; carry on the legacy of your school and be proud of it.

If your school does Kairos (or a similar senior retreat), be absolutely open to it! If it's your thing, enjoy it! If it's not your thing, still try to be open to it. You don't have to love it, but at least don't hate on it before you've even been. Bonding with your class is a big part of senior year. I made so many new friends this year that I never thought I would if it hadn't been for Kairos.

Speaking of which, be open to new friends. Whether they're seniors or not, talk to everyone. In a few months, you may never see those kids again, so it's worth getting to know them past just being friends on Facebook. Also, don't give up on dating people in your class. Yeah, there's only a few months left and you've spent the last 4 years with these people, but there might be one person out there who could change your whole year for the better if you give them the chance.

Above all, enjoy it. You only get one senior year, so make it count. Go to everything you possibly can: every football game, dance, party, musical, bonfire, etc. Enjoy wearing the jersey of your team for the last time, taking your last bow on your high school stage, and turning in your last final, because it will all be gone within the blink of an eye. You'll find yourself walking down the aisle in a cap and gown of those same school colors you thought you despised (but really, you'll secretly miss). You'll look at your favorite teachers lined up behind you and your family sitting in front of you, and most importantly your class around you, and I hope, I really hope, you don't regret a single moment of senior year.

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.

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So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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