Local graduates from Mountaineer Challenge Academy

The Mountaineer Challenge Academy is pleased to announce that Cadet Joshua Lynn Hinchman, the son of Rodney Hinchman and Tisha Hinchman of Elkins, has completed the requirements for graduation. Cadet Hinchman is one of 76 graduates from 28 counties across the state of West Virginia.

Class 1-13 is the 40th class to complete this West Virginia National Guard Program. Commencement exercises took place June 14 at the Craig Civic Center in Kingwood. BG David Buckalew congratulated the cadets and introduced the commencement speaker. West Virginia State School Superintendent James B. Phares gave the commencement address.

While attending the academy, Cadet Hinchman of Platoon 1 was recognized for receiving the Level I PT Award four times, the Mentorship Award, as well as obtaining the six Individual Values Recognition Ribbons. Cadet Hinchman 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 Nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. Cadets in this class provided over 3,518 hours of community service for such organizations as American Red Cross Blood Drive, Trout for Cheat, Food for Preston, Mountaineer Food Bank and Ms. Mary’s Food Pantry.

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 1-14 that begins in January. Call toll-free at 1-800-529-7700 for more information.