A Gilmanton student and a member of the Buffalo/Pepin County Teen Court, will receive a scholarship for her role in juvenile restorative justice. Trista Lay is the second annual recipient of the Buffalo / Pepin County Teen Court Scholarship. To apply, applicants were asked to describe their role in their local Teen Court as what impact they felt Teen Court has on their community.
Trista Lay, daughter of Donald and Karla Lay, is a senior at Gilmanton High School. Trista has served as a Buffalo/Pepin County Teen Court panelist since April 2017. Throughout her years in Teen Court, Trista has developed many skills and knowledge, but has learned the most to use her voice by sharing her perspective and opinion in ways that help others. Trista says that she applied for teen court three years ago because she wanted to give peers a second chance to get back on track making good decisions. Trista plans to attend Western Technical College for Graphic Design.
The scholarship will be awarded at the Gilmanton graduation award ceremony by one of the Buffalo/Pepin Teen Court Coordinators – Marie Ritscher or Annie Lisowski from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension in Pepin County and Buffalo County, respectively. The scholarship is accompanied by a $500 cash award from the Buffalo / Pepin County Teen Court Advisory Board to be utilized for secondary education in the fall of 2019.