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2024 CTE PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS OHIO NOMINEE: Jackson Ragone

Criminal Justice - Medina County Career Center


Jackson Ragone is a senior at Highland High School enrolled in the Medina County Career Center’s Criminal Justice program. Jackson has completed 21 credits at the University of Akron, and 9 CTAG credit hours. Jackson spends most of his day volunteering at MCCC where he assists as the Criminal Justice junior class aide, administrative office aide, student ambassador, and as one of the school announcers.


Jackson serves as President of the Criminal Justice program as well as President of MCCC’s Student Leadership Council. For the senior class, he holds formation, conducts inspection, and serves as a liaison to the instructors. For the Criminal Justice program as a whole, he leads the other elected class officers, oversees the program’s student activities budget, supervises votes, and advises the junior class. As president of the school’s Student Leadership Council, he is responsible for planning and coordination of volunteer events at the school amongst all of the career technical trade organizations. Additionally, Jackson is a member of SADD. (Students

Against Destructive Decisions) and helped coordinate the school’s “Red Ribbon Week.” Jackson has also received the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s “Outstanding Attorney” award three times for his performance during mock trials.


Outside of school, Jackson is a member of the Medina County Law Enforcement Explorers and currently serves as President. He attends training in the evening from members of the law enforcement community and volunteers his time at local law enforcement events. While serving as President, he successfully led his team to a 2nd overall placement at the Heart of Ohio Police Explorers competition and took first place in Crime Scene Investigation. Jackson served two summers as an IT intern where he spent his time configuring and deploying devices in an educational environment. Throughout high school Jackson has also served as the Hinckley Township meeting proctor. In this role, Jackson would host the township’s legal public meetings on Zoom and obtained his Notary Public.


While still in high school, Jackson has become one of the state’s youngest 911 dispatchers. Jackson is responsible for answering and dispatching police, fire, and EMS resources to 911 calls for seven cities in Cuyahoga County. He has instructed multiple callers on how to perform CPR and other life saving instructions; he was honored by being awarded an empathy pin for successfully calming down and obtaining the location of a suicidal woman. In his freetime, Jackson spends time working on his company. His company operates a YouTube channel with over 160,000 subscribers that is dedicated to bringing transparency and trust to local law enforcement.


Jackson has been described by his teachers and employers as someone who “...has talents and work ethics that are beyond his years.” Jackson hopes to pursue a career in law enforcement or serve as a criminal prosecutor when he graduates.




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