Meet Ottawa County’s Juvenile Justice Institute Class of 2016


Karas Bayko, 2016 graduate

The 20th Circuit Court-Family Division-Juvenile Court proudly announces the first graduates from the Juvenile Justice Institute. Mr. Johnny Nguyen (Holland Public Schools) and Mr. Karas Bayko (Hudsonville Public Schools) earned their high school diplomas via the Institute. Both students have plans to attend college this fall.

At-risk youth need options in order to keep them engaged in their education and prevent them from dropping out of school. These students are smart, creative and capable young people. The extended opportunity for students to receive a high school diploma from their local school through attendance at the Juvenile Justice Institute is a critical step in the students’ success. Completing their educations allows them to contribute their knowledge, skills and abilities to the Ottawa County community, making it a better place for all to live. The Ottawa County Juvenile Court contracts with the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District to provide this unique educational program.


Mark A. Feyen, Chief Probate Judge

Although the intent of the Juvenile Justice Institute is to reintegrate students into their local school following a successful period at the Institute, a smooth transition back to their local school can be difficult for some students. This years’ students graduated with the support of Holland Public School Superintendent, Dr. Brian Davis, and Hudsonville Public School Superintendent, Dr. Nicholas Ceglarek.