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Coptsias awarded Law Enforcement scholarship

Michael Cheokas, Robert Sangster, Sr., Melissa Sangster, scholarship recipient Jett Coptsias and SGTC's Brett Murray (SOURCE: SGTC) Michael Cheokas, Robert Sangster, Sr., Melissa Sangster, scholarship recipient Jett Coptsias and SGTC's Brett Murray (SOURCE: SGTC)

Information from South Georgia Technical College-

Jett Coptsias of Plains, a South Georgia Technical College Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) cadet, was selected to receive the Lt. Michael Sangster endowed Law Enforcement Academy scholarship recently.

Coptsias, a member of the SGTC Law Enforcement Academy 13-01 class, was presented with a framed certificate for earning the scholarship at the South Georgia Technical College Law Enforcement Academy graduation ceremony recently in front of members of the Sangster family and friends, fellow LEA graduates, and college officials.

Coptsias is the son of Ken and Margie Coptsias and a 2012 graduate of Schley County High School.  He was a four year varsity letterman on the Schley County High School Wildcats baseball team and received numerous awards including Defensive Player of the Year and All-Region Catcher. He was also named to the Americus All Area baseball team.

     "My goal is to establish a long standing career in law enforcement," said Coptsias, who earned his Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification upon graduating from the SGTC Law Enforcement Academy.  He is also enrolled in the Criminal Justice Technology program at South Georgia Tech in pursuit of an associate degree in Criminal Justice.

    "I feel that a degree in Criminal Justice along with my POST certification will enable me to obtain employment in the field of law enforcement," said Coptsias.  "I am very appreciative of receiving the Lt. Michael Sangster Scholarship.  This will be a tremendous help in realizing my goals."

     Lt. Michael Sangster of Cordele was a member of the Crisp County Sheriff's Department and worked as a volunteer instructor for the Law Enforcement Academy at South Georgia Technical College.

    He lost his battle with cancer and passed away in 2012 at the age of 35.  With the help of LEA students, friends, and SGTC faculty and staff, the Sangster family was able to endow a scholarship in his memory for SGTC LEA students.

    "Lt. Michael Sangster set a tremendous standard for others to follow and I hope that each of you will remember the type of man and officer that Michael Sangster was and that you will honor his memory throughout your career," said South Georgia Technical College Dean of Homeland Security for Academic Programs Vanessa Wall when she announced the scholarship recipient.

     Lt. Sangster's father, Robert Sangster, Sr., and his sister, Melissa Sangster, were on hand for the scholarship presentation.

    Anyone interested in donating to the Lt. Michael Sangster LEA Scholarship at South Georgia Technical College may designate donations to the SGTC Foundation to that fund.

    For more information about making a donation to the SGTC Foundation or endowing a scholarship at South Georgia Technical College, contact Su Ann Bird, SGTC Foundation Executive Director at 229.931.2110 or

Contributions may also be mailed to the SGTC Foundation, P.O. Box 6102, Americus, GA. 


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