It's goodbye to our 2016 Seniors
I've known Kyle personally since he was virtually a toddler. Judge Watkins would bring him to the office and he pretty much made himself at home.
Senior 2016 Fort Osage High School
Member of Youth Court since 2009
I enjoy having a positive impact on the juvenile offenders during the court process. This is accomplished by listening to the juveniles carefully and sharing the knowledge that this court is a true second chance to not have a permanent criminal record. One suggestion I make to the offenders is to surround themselves with positive influences as friends can break you or build you up.
My favorite memories have been as the Judge since I have the opportunity to talk with all of the juvenile offenders. It is important to set a serious tone in the sentencing process but to still treat the students with compassion and respect. The best experience is always when a juvenile tells you that they have learned a lesson and will not be back to court.
I know Kyle will make his own mark in this world and I cannot wait to see it happen. It's gonna be exciting I know.
We'll all miss you Kyle and wish you all the luck in the world.