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Teen named court volunteer of year

Sarah Hudson of Indian Trail has been named the Assistance League of Charlotte’s teen volunteer of the year for her commitment to the Mecklenburg County Teen Court program.

In the past two years, Sarah has participated in Teen Court, an alternative justice system for youth offenders ages 10-15. She has dedicated 127 hours to this program. As a teen attorney in the program, Sarah is noted for her caring approach to defendants and their families.

“Sarah connects well with the defendants and equally well with their parents, questioning them, explaining procedures, and reassuring them appropriately,” said Assistance League member Jane Lochman. Added Margie Whalen, another Assistance League member: "She follows through in the courtroom with consistency, reliability and competency. She recognizes the issues in cases, prepares well, questions effectively and thinks on her feet."

Said Sarah: "Through Teen Court, you teach kids that there are better ways of releasing frustration or anger in the world. Through this experience, I have learned that serving in the community is not for your benefit, though the results are rewarding.”

Sarah plans to study business administration at UNC Charlotte, and eventually pursue a law degree.

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