Cadet Tyler Morton, son of Amber and Jonathan Dobbins of Procious, graduated from the Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy.

The Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy is pleased to announce Class 2-18 as the 51st class to complete this West Virginia National Guard Program.

Commencement exercises were held Friday, December 14, at Camp Dawson in Kingwood.  A total of 173 graduates from 33 counties across the State of West Virginia successfully completed the requirements for graduation.  Major General Hoyer congratulated the Cadets and gave the commencement address.

The following Cadets participated from Clay County:

Cadet Tyler Morton, son of Amber and Jonathan Dobbins of Procious, was in Platoon 4.  Cadet Morton was recognized for receiving the Mentorship, as well as obtaining the six Individual Values Recognition Ribbons.

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 8,614.50 hours of Service to Community for such organizations as American Red Cross (Blood Drive), Trout for Cheat, Preston County Animal Shelter, Boy Scouts of America, Brown Bags for Vets, Adopt a Highway, Kingwood and Reedsville VFD, Christian Help, Preston County Senior Citizens, Chestnut Ridge Park, and Arthurdale Heritage.  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 2-19 that begins in July.  Call toll-free at 1-800-529-7700 for more information.