Also on Law Day, a panel of current Youth Court participants shared their thoughts and experiences with the program. Most said the program has strengthened their public speaking and reasoning skills in addition to being a lot of fun.
"I think it might be one of the best decisions I've ever made," said Samantha Ebersold of her decision to join Youth Court.
The Bethlehem program has been running for 16 years now, and uses the town court's facilities. The young attorneys are helped out by members of the Youth Court board and other volunteer legal minds.
Program Director Katrina Charland said she's glad Youth Court can also dispense scholarships to its participants.
"I was really happy with the way the kids presented and prepared for the scholarship. They did a really good job. They put a lot of work into it," she said.
Youth Court will resume in the fall, when a new class of members and jurors will be trained. On June 2, the Judge Peter C Wenger Scholarship will be awarded at the BC High School's Senior Award Night. The $500 scholarship will be awarded to the winner of an essay contest about Youth Court, and there are four entrants this year.