Desoto County News

Barton Announces Youth Advisory Council 

District Attorney-elect Matthew Barton Wednesday, Dec. 6 announced the 2023-2024 DeSoto County District Attorney’s Youth Advisory Council – a  first for the District Attorney’s Office.  

The Council will meet regularly throughout the school year to give Barton’s administration insight into issues affecting our youth and equip students with skills to be successful leaders in the community.  

“This is a first for the District Attorney’s Office and will result in a more successful future for tomorrow’s leaders,” Barton said. “The Advisory Council will not only provide our youth with the opportunity to have a voice and learn about the criminal justice system, but will also give our administration insight into the pressures facing our youth.”

This year’s inaugural Council will be composed of students who attend high schools from across  DeSoto County and will begin meeting in January. Council members will be exposed to careers  in law enforcement, the judicial system, participate in volunteer projects, and share ideas with  state and local leaders. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to attend State Supreme  Court and Circuit Court proceedings.  

Council members are: 

  • Libby Foster 
  • Sydney Martin 
  • Zion Watts 
  • Anh Ha 
  • Mariah Hicks 
  • Zariah Bullock-Hamidou 
  • Madeline House 
  • Catherine Phan 
  • Chandler Ragan

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