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Ketchikan Youth Court Graduates Largest Class


December 21, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - The 10th graduating class of the Ketchikan Youth Court was its largest ever. Alaska Lt. Governor Loren Leman joined the graduates' friends and families filling the Ketchikan courtroom on Saturday, December 10th.

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2005 Ketchikan Youth Court Graduates
Standing: United Youth Courts of Alaska President, Kenny Pearson and Lt. Governor Loren Leman. Kneeling:Superior Court Judge, Trevor Stephens; First Judicial District Ketchikan Youth Court Board of Directors, Desiree Morely, Ron Barnes and Amanda Skiles and Ketchikan Youth Court Director, Bob Combs. The names of the graduates were not released for web publication.
Photograph by Gretchen Klein

The 16 graduates, grades 6-12, studied for eight weeks under Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens. During that time they were taught about law and court procedures. At the end of their studies, each student had to pass a comprehensive "Bar" exam which was graded by Judge Stevens in order to qualify for graduation.

Those passing the comprehensive "Bar" exam will now serve as attorneys, judges, bailiffs, clerks and jurors in the Ketchikan Youth Court. They will determine the sentences of offending peers referred to the program by the courts.

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Some of the families and friends attending the graduation.
Photograph by Gretchen Klein

Alaska Lt. Governor Loren Leman congratulated these young Alaskans after they were sworn in as Ketchikan Youth Court members by Judge Trevor Stephens. Leman challenged the youth to stand strong as leaders.

Bob Combs, the new Director of the Ketchikan Youth Court, also helped the graduates prepare for the "Bar" exam. Names of the graduates were not released for web publication.


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