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Youth Court Holds 9th Graduation


December 08, 2004

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Ketchikan Youth Court held its 9th graduation ceremony Friday at the State Office Building in downtown Ketchikan. To meet requirements to be sworn in as a Youth Court member, one must successfully complete the Youth Court class and successfully pass the youth bar exam.

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Ketchikan Youth Court's 9th Graduating Class pictured
with Superior Court Judge Trevor Stevens.
Photo by Gretchen Klein

Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens officiated over the ceremony and explained the seriousness of the tasks ahead of the new Youth Court members. Following tradition, after being sworn in, each graduate was presented a certificate and a rose.

Over 50 people attended the graduation. Graduating Friday were Jordan Alguire, Samantha Barne, Robyn Buchanan, Michael Herrick, Susie McKee, Jordan Phillips, Ian Rodgers, Graham Seibel, Kyle Seibel, Rebekah Wiedenhoeft, Tara Wilhelm and Russell Kaehler. Special awards were presented by the Ketchikan Youth Court to Pat Chapman, Tammy Chavarria and Jonathan Makua for Outstanding Service.

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The Ketchikan Youth Court presented special awards to Pat Chapman, Tammy Chavarria and Jonathan Makua for Outstanding Service.
Photo by Gretchen Klein

The Ketchikan Youth Court is tasked with working with first time youth offenders and takes pride in emphasizing "Restorative Justice". To be directed to come before the Youth Court for sentencing by the Alaska State Court System, youth offenders must first plead guilty. Staying within the sentencing parameters as established by the Alaska State Court System in determining sentences, Youth Court members then are tasked with determining sentences for the first time offenders and employ creative sentencing options such as community service, restitution and essays.




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