SEA GIRT — Trooper Youth Week, five days of grueling training for high school juniors, isn’t for the faint of heart.
Ask any of the 138 young men and women who opted to forego cell phones and other electronics to instead choose to experience life as a recruit for the New Jersey State Police.
For those who graduated the 104th class of Trooper Youth Week on Friday, the long hours, taxing drills and classroom lectures was worth giving up a sliver of their summer – and their favorite pastimes.
“It’s a life-changing thing and I’m glad I’ve chosen to do it,” said Dyon Womack, 17, of Howell.
Dyon joined Trooper Youth Week as a way to get started on a career in law enforcement as a New Jersey State Trooper like his father, retired Trooper Fred Womack. With a cousin and a