Hunt graduates from ChalleNGe Academy


KINGWOOD — The Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy is pleased to announce that Cadet Michael Patrick Hunt, the grandson of the late Steve and Christina Sturm of Belington, has completed the requirements for graduation. Hunt is one of 151 graduates from 35 counties across the State of West Virginia. Class 1-17 is the 48th class to complete this West Virginia National Guard Program. Commencement exercises were held June 16 at Camp Dawson in Kingwood. MG James A. Hoyer congratulated the cadets and gave the commencement address.

While attending the academy, Hunt of Platoon 2 was recognized for receiving the Citizenship, Honor’s List, Mentorship Award and Unannounced Inspections, as well as obtaining the six Individual Values Recognition Ribbons. Hunt 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 9,457 hours of Service to Community for such organizations as American Red Cross Blood Drive, Trout for Cheat, Hope 4 Hunter, United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties, Preston County Senior Citizens, West Virginia Gold Star Mothers, National MS Society, Boy Scouts of America, Adopt a Highway, Kingwood and Reedsville volunteer fire departments 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.