Darian A. Blanks.

Joshua A. Torchia

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Oct. 21, 2022

Two Hudson Alums Graduate New York State Police Basic School

HUDSON, NY –  The Hudson City School District is proud to announce that alumni Joshua A. Torchia, ‘13 and Darian A. Blanks, ‘14, successfully completed Basic School at the New York State Police Academy and graduated on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

“It is incredibly important to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of Mr. Torchia and Mr. Blanks have displayed thus far to graduate from the New York State Police Academy’s Basic School, and those same traits that will need to be carried over to follow through with their duties,” Superintendent Dr. Lisamarie Spindler said. “We as a district are proud that these two individuals will continue to wear the title of ‘alumni of Hudson Senior High School’ with pride, respect and accountability in their roles of protecting and serving our local communities.”

In addition to graduating, Torchia, a Master of Science in Accounting from Siena College and former Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy for three years, received the Academic Achievement Award upon his graduation at the top of his class of 218 graduates with an overall average of 97.25 percent.

“As a special incentive for all students attending the State Police Academy Basic School, the Superintendent (Steven A. Nigrelli) sponsors the awarding of a firearm for the attainment of the highest level of academic performance during Academy training,” Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Press Office said in a statement.

According to the Governor’s office, both Torchia and Blanks will be working in Troop K centrally located in Salt Point, New York in Dutchess County.


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