The Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy is pleased to announce that Cadet Loretta Sue Rogers, the daughter of Roger and Sabrina Holcomb of Duck, has completed the requirements for graduation. Cadet Rogers is one of 152 graduates from thirty-four (34) counties across the State of West Virginia. Class 2-15 is the forty-fifth (45th) class to complete this West Virginia National Guard Program. Commencement exercises were held Friday, December 11th, at Camp Dawson in Kingwood, WV. MG James A. Hoyer congratulated the Cadets and gave the commencement address.
While attending the Academy, Cadet Rogers of Platoon 5 was recognized for receiving the Instructor’s List, Honor’s List, Commandant’s Cup, Level I PT Award (6 times), Mentorship Award, as well as obtaining the six Individual Values Recognition Ribbons. Cadet Rogers also participated in the Presidential Physical Fitness Program. During their time at the Academy, Cadet Rogers served in the following leadership positions: Platoon Leader (3 times).
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 8,687.6 hours of Service to Community for such organizations as American Red Cross Blood Drive, Trout for Cheat, Mountaineer Food Bank, and Kingwood, Masontown and Reedsville VFD. 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 2-16 that begins in July. Call toll-free at 1-800-529-7700 for more information.