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For Immediate Release
December 15, 2016

Russ Reno, Communications and Legislative Services, (office) 402-471-8287 or
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Two YRTC-Geneva Youth Earn High School Diplomas

Geneva – Two young women graduated today (12/15) from Geneva North High School located at the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Geneva.

The graduates, both 17, were joined by family and friends, YRTC and Office of Probation staff, the YRTC’s Community Advisory Board, teachers, and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) officials.

 “You made a commitment to yourselves and to your future,” said DHHS CEO Courtney Phillips who addressed the candidates. “Today, you receive the reward for facing your challenges and overcoming your obstacles. Use this diploma as an example to your friends and relatives, and most importantly yourselves, that you can accomplish great things when you make a commitment and believe in yourselves.”

“Our graduates have worked hard to reach this goal and we congratulate them for their achievement,” said Facility Administrator Dan Scarborough. “They have opened doors to a promising future, and we are glad to have had a part in helping them in that direction.” 

The graduates are from Hall and Colfax counties, and look forward to continuing their education. Their ambitions include becoming a cosmetologist and joining the military before attending college for a career in working with people with disabilities. Before leaving the YRTC, they will complete their ongoing treatment.

Geneva North High School is an on-campus special purpose school accredited by the Nebraska Department of Education. The school operates year-round and youth attend classes daily.

Youth are placed at the YRTC through a court order because they have committed an offense and have not been successful in a community placement. In addition to educational services, youth at the YRTC receive therapy and treatment services giving them the opportunity to become law-abiding citizens. Credits earned by students at Geneva North are transferable to Nebraska schools once the youth is released from the facility.