Sierra Whitehead graduated from juvenile drug court on Wednesday.
"I was impressed when Sierra said, 'I have earned this,'" said juvenile drug court Judge Dane Watkins.
"We have obstacles, challenges that we need to overcome; they make us stronger," he said.
Watkins said he likes riding bicycles up mountains. There is a sense of accomplishment when he pushes to the top.
Like riding a bike up mountains or graduating from drug court, "There are some struggles along the way, some obstacles, some issues to be worked through," said Judge Watkins. "And here you are—graduating.
"You also understand we care about you," he said.
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