Ellie Reasbeck

Wheeling Park High School senior standout Ellie Reasbeck was thrilled to take part in the recent West Virginia FBI Teen Academy. 

 Reasbeck took part in the one-day session on Oct. 25 at the Ball Toyota Community Room in Charleston. Reasbeck was accepted to take part in the academy based on her GPA, school activities, community involvement and an essay. She said there is plenty of competition to get into the academy, but she would recommend it to any student. The FBI Teen Academy introduces high school students to the objectives of the FBI.

 Reasbeck said her family has always been interested in government, politics and law enforcement, and that inspired her own interest. She said there were many interesting aspects to the academy such as case discussions and tactical procedures. Reasbeck said she was quite excited to see the FBI’s “Bear Cat.”

 “It’s a huge van that is bullet proof, and when people see it they say, ‘We Surrender,’” Reasbeck said. “We heard from special agents on different cases, and we also got to talk about SWAT teams and things like that. I think my favorite part was hearing the agents talk about what it is like to be on the scene and in person. It’s intense, but it’s so interesting. I got to hear how things work.”

 Reasbeck said she is still considering where she will attend college after graduating from Park. She said she interested in pursuing degrees in journalism and broadcasting, and she may also pursue a law degree.