The Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy is pleased to announce that Cadet Joshua Stephen Adkins, the son of Nicole Hinzman of Whitesville, has completed the requirements for graduation. Cadet Adkins is one of 120 graduates from thirty-three (33) counties across the State of West Virginia. Class 1-14 is the forty second (42nd) class to complete this West Virginia National Guard Program. Commencement exercises were held Friday, June 13th, at the Craig Civic Center in Kingwood, WV. MG James A. Hoyer congratulated the Cadets and introduced the commencement speaker. WV First Lady Joanne Tomblin gave the commencement address.
While attending the Academy, Cadet Adkins of Platoon 2 was recognized for receiving the 3-D Award, Honor’s List, Instructor’s List, Level I PT Award, Mentorship Award, as well as obtaining the six Individual Values Recognition Ribbons. Cadet Adkins also participated in the Presidential Physical Fitness Program.
All graduating Cadets have completed the 22-week residential phase of ChalleNGe which includes activities in eight core component areas ranging from Service to Community to Employability Skills. In addition to classroom studies, the Cadets traveled to the State’s Capitol in Charleston. Cadets in this class provided over 5,351.5 hours of Service to Community for such organizations as American Red Cross Blood Drive, Trout for Cheat, Food for Preston, Mountaineer Food Bank, Reedsville VFD and Christian Help. Following graduation, these Cadets will begin a one-year post-residential phase of ChalleNGe that includes placement activities in education and/or employment.
Applications are currently being accepted for Class 1-15 that begins in January. Call toll-free at 1-800-529-7700 for more information.