Hernando Times

Students complete youth attorney class: Sixteen students recently completed the six-week youth attorney training class for Hernando County Youth Court. Class instructors included attorneys Erin Daly, Sam Lea, Cal Everett, John Napolitano and Peter Napolitano. Youth Court, an alternative to juvenile court, is run by youth for youth. Juvenile offenders ages 10 to 17 who have committed misdemeanor offenses can have their cases heard by a court of their peers. Youth volunteers are trained to serve as jury members, court clerks, bailiffs and attorneys. The graduates, in the back row from left, include Grant Carlson, Amy Waterson, Paige Geraci, Carissa Thurman, Joseph Santana, Jason Renke, Joe Waterson and Shyanne McElwain. In front, from left, are Haley Geraci, Charis Kerr, Riley LaGrassa, Syaira Thurman, Dale Geraci, Ava Geraci, Nathaniel Newcomb and Bryhanna LaGrassa. Students ages 10 to 17 who are interested in participating in the program may contact John A. Heyne, Youth Court coordinator, at (352) 540-6263.Courtesy of John A. Heyne

Hometown Hernando for April 20

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