SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Johnny Houllahan, of Mercer, was one of the 19 students to win an award at the recent 79th annual national conference.

The advisor from the University of New Haven’s Psi Omega chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association in the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, was also recognized.

Houllahan, a senior in criminal justice, won first place in talent.

The five-day conference included written exams in criminal law, corrections, juvenile justice, police management, and lambda alpha epsilon knowledge, as well as competitions in physical agility and talent.

Approximately 300 students from around the country participated in the events during the week.

“Our students have been performing well at this conference for many years, and we are proud of their accomplishments” said Daniel Maxwell, of Madison, Connecticut, a lecturer of criminal justice, who also won a second-place award in the competition.

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 the university enrolls approximately 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates.