Challenge Coin Serves as Reminder of Community Service

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“Standing valiantly for Christ” with the accompanying biblical calling from Romans 13:4 to serve is emblazoned on a coin that has been presented to every graduate of BJU’s criminal justice program.

On May 2, 16 members of the criminal justice class of 2019 were presented a coin during the seventh commencement challenge coin ceremony on the BJU campus. Law enforcement agencies exchange challenge coins as tokens of professionalism and pride in those who stand on the “thin blue line.”

Challenge coins were presented by Dr. Renae Wentworth, dean of the College of Arts and Science, and criminal justice assistant professor David Davis to:

Jenna Anundson, David Arbuckle, Levi Bell, Christopher Bumgardner, Christopher Carmichael, Benjamin Chisom, JooHee Choi, Sage Compson, Olivia Davis, Amy Hudson, Brandon Lurtey, Casey Paziora, Hannah Perkins, Benjamin Pettyjohn, Keyonna Poole and Abigail Todd.

Challenge coins, bearing an organization’s insignia or emblem, are most closely related with World Wars I and II as a means of identifying downed American airmen to friendly force in France when challenged in addition to enhancing morale. Challenge coins today also have varied uses—from recognition of achievement to a gift to a visiting dignitary to acknowledging a donor to an organization.

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