Wayne Hemingway, Jr.
Hometown: Manchester, Vt.
Major: Criminal Justice
Wayne Hemingway, Jr., has enjoyed some incredible life experiences! Upon graduation from Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, Vt., Wayne played soccer and hockey at Bridgton Academy in Maine and studied Sports Management at Lasell College in Massachusetts before working construction in Lake Tahoe, Calif. At the age of 21, Wayne joined the Armed Services, earning the rank of sergeant. This enabled him to want to be part of a tactical/SWAT team. In 2009-2010, he was deployed in Afghanistan. Wayne said, “Joining the military service gave me the discipline and direction that I needed at that time in my life.”
Straight from active duty in the Army Infantry and National Guard, Wayne decided to remain part time in the Guard and attend college. He knew Southern Vermont College (SVC) was near his hometown, so he enrolled in the associate’s degree program in Criminal Justice. One of his favorite classes at the College has been Topics in Criminal Justice taught by Instructor Renee Merges. Currently, Wayne is interning at the Police Department in Albany, N.Y.
In his leisure time, Wayne likes to play hockey, and presently he is a member of a hockey league in Manchester. He has also played on SVC’s rugby team. When not involved in team sports, Wayne likes to play trivia at local restaurants, hunt, fish and hike on SVC trails. One of his favorite authors is Ernest Hemingway (no relation). Wayne is a history “junkie” with special interest in Civil War and World War II events.
Wayne believes that “You’ve got to want it to achieve it.” A quote that remains with him from a military team leader is: “The true characteristics of a human being or individual are brought out when one is challenged.”
Thomas Redden, Ph.D. - Professor, The Donald Everett Axinn Division of Social Sciences.