Cedar Park Teen Learns Compassion in Teen Court and Wins Scholarship!
Miss Beverly Horton, a Cedar Park teenager, has an extra $1,200 in her pocket to help pay for college. Monday night, Ms. Horton received a scholarship for her winning entry in an essay contest about the significance of the Williamson County YMCA Teen Court Program in her life.
Ms. Horton addressed a group of her peers, volunteers, and parents about her personal Teen Court experience at the annual awards ceremony honoring participating teens. Blushing at the sound of thunderous applause, Miss Horton recounted the many benefits that she derived from the program, including increased confidence and the ability to speak eloquently in public. However, it was learning the true meaning of compassion that she promised would stay with her forever. “I’ll leave Teen Court remembering the faces and the stories of the people…everyone deserves a second chance.”Read her winning essay here.
Attorney Laura Fowler, longtime sponsor of the annual scholarship, was on hand to encourage students to consider the practice of law as a career and share her view of the legal profession as an opportunity to help others. She personally congratulated the teens for dispensing justice with compassionate hearts. Laura’s daughter, Julie, Teen Court alumnus and senior at TUFTS University in Boston, recalled her years in Teen Court as both inspirational and entertaining.
Students recognized for achieving the role of Teen Court Judge at the annual awards ceremony include Mathias Mesich, Ben Fincher, Beverly Horton, Ellen Stroud, Jordan Myers, Mikayla Fulwider, and Alaina Huls. Each received an inscribed gavel, certificate of accomplishment and lapel pin in the shape of the scale of justice.
Date: Training Sessions & Court are held Monthly (calendar below)
Time : All court and training sessions will run from 6:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Staff should arrive between 6:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. on court nights.
Location : The Justice Court courtroom of the Williamson County Annex located at 350 Discovery Boulevard in Cedar Park, Texas
For More Information: Please contactthe Program Director,Chloe Cofty(512)260-4263
August 29, 2015 Orientation January 25, 2016 Court
August 31, 2015 Try-Outs February 1, 2016 Training
September 14, 2015 Training/Try-Outs February 8, 2016 Court
September 21, 2015 Court February 29, 2016 Court
October 5, 2015 Training March 21, 2016 Court
October 19, 2015 Court March 28, 2016 Court
November 2, 2015 Training April 11, 2016 Training
November 9, 2015 Court April 18, 2016 Court/Awards Ceremony
December 7, 2015 Training May 2, 2016 Court
December 14, 2015 Court May 9, 2016 Court
January 11, 2016 Training/Try-Outs