fbi cleveland citizens academy alumni association events

Recent Past Events:

2020 Flags for Honor

The 2020 Flags for Honor program took place in Edgewater Park over Patriot Day weekend, September 11-13. Participants honored their heroes, mentors, or loved ones by dedicating an American Flag in their honor. Honorees included:

– COVID-19 First Responders
– Law Enforcement Officers
– Firefighters
– Active or Reserve U.S. Military Personnel
– U.S. Military Veterans
– Mentors, Teachers, and Coaches
– Healthcare Providers
– Social Workers
– Volunteers
– And many other heroes!

In the park, the flag display was located along the walk to the pavilion, providing a beautiful drive-by viewing opportunity down Route 2. The display was live-streamed on the FBICLECAAA Facebook page, and honorees are recognized year-round in the Virtual Flag Dedication. The 2020 program raised $6,000 for both MedWish and Medworks, two local nonprofit organizations who are supporting heroes on the front-lines of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing essential medical supplies, protective gear, food, and healthcare services. For more information, visit

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2020 Chasing the Dragon Poster Contest

To combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse, the FBI and DEA released “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict,” a documentary aimed at educating students and young adults about the dangers of addition. Click here to view the documentary. In collaboration with other sponsors and contributors, we held our 4th annual “Chasing the Dragon” Poster Contest to further raise awareness of the opiate epidemic. This competition was available to all students in grades 7-12 who live within the area of responsibility of FBI Cleveland Division. The contest was broken down into three grade categories: 7th – 8th grade, 9th – 10th grade, and 11th – 12th grade. Each grade category had four winners: 1st place: $1,000.00, 2nd place $500.00, 3rd place $250.00, Honorable Mention: $100.00. Schools were also invited to submit their current or new detailed drug education plan; best plan was eligible to win $500.00 for their schools’ drug education program. Thank you to all the students that participated!

7th – 8th Grade Winners:

1. Emmelyn W.

Jackson Memorial Middle School

2020 chasing the dragon winner

2. Yonyel S.

Thomas Jefferson Newcomers

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3. Camille B.

St. Francis Xavier School

2020 fbiclecaaa chasing the dragon

4. Bella K.

Avon Middle School

2020 chasing the dragon poster contest

9th – 10th Grade Winners:

1. Jason M.

Thomas Jefferson Newcomers

2. Zinati Y.

Thomas Jefferson Newcomers

3. Anderson M.

Thomas Jefferson Newcomers

4. Jamie C.

Thomas Jefferson Newcomers

11th – 12th Grade Winners

1. Camden G.

Cameron D.

Amherst Steele High School

2. Ashley B.

Berea-Midpark High School

3. Zoie J.

Columbia High School

4. Brielle L.

Midview High School

Best Detailed Drug Education Program

Amherst Steele High School

2019 Holiday Reception & Annual Meeting

December 5, 2019: Holiday Inn-Rockside in Independence, Ohio

FBICLECAAA graduates celebrated the holiday season on Thursday, December 5th at the Holiday Inn in Independence at our annual holiday reception and annual meeting. The evening featured a networking reception, association member update, FBI Q&A, and an exciting “Year in Review” presentation from FBI ASACs Bryan Smith and Todd Krajeck. Guests enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts along with soft drinks and a cash bar.

2019 Honoring Hometown Heroes

October 18, 2019: Michael Angelo’s Winery in Richfield, Ohio

The FBICLECAAA believes it is important to promote awareness of local heroes who have performed selfless acts in the interest of others. The annual Honoring Hometown Heroes event was established by the FBICLECAAA to provide recognition of incredible individuals in four categories: Safety Forces Hero, Citizen Hero, Unsung Hero, and Community Leader Hero. 2019’s honorees were Safety Forces Hero Detective Dan Smith, Citizen Hero Jason Zakrajsek, Unsung Hero Joyce Fetzer, and Community Leader Hero Judge Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons. The 2019 Keynote Speaker was Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Ret. Michael T. Hall. The event was emceed by WKYC’s Lynna Lai, and the National Anthem was performed by Laura Pedersen. You do not need to be a member to attend, and we encourage you to invite your friends and associates. Thank you to our 2019 Honoring Hometown Heroes sponsors for their generous support: Bert, Mike, and the Kennedy Family, World Synergy, Markers, Inc., Brad Roller, and Ryan and Diana Marvar.