The Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy is pleased to announce that Cadet Branson Basil Collins, the son of Buzz and Lizz Collins of Elkins, has completed the requirements for graduation. Collins is one of 99 graduates from 35 counties across the state of West Virginia.
Class 2-12 is the 39th class to complete this West Virginia National Guard Program. Commencement exercises were Dec. 14 at the Craig Civic Center in Kingwood. MG James A. Hoyer congratulated the cadets and introduced the commencement speaker. Sen. Erik Wells gave the commencement address.
While attending the Academy, Collins of Platoon 1 was recognized for receiving the Instructor's List (three times), Honor's List, Commandant's Cup, Level I PT Award (five times) and Mentorship Award, as well as obtaining the six Individual Values Recognition Ribbons.
Collins also participated in the Presidential Physical Fitness Program. During his time at the Academy, Collins served in the following leadership positions: assistant corps commander and assistant platoon leader.
The Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy is also pleased to announce that Cadet Donald Ray Rowan, the son of Sheila and Travis Arbogast of Coalton and Donald Rowan of Clincho, Va., has completed the requirements for graduation.
While attending the academy, Rowan of Platoon 5 was recognized for receiving the Commandant's Cup, Level I PT Award (two times) and Mentorship Award two times), as well as obtaining the six Individual Values Recognition Ribbons. Rowan 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 Capitol in Washington, D.C. Cadets in this class provided more than 5,429 hours of Service to Community for such organizations as Adopt-A-Highway, American Red Cross Blood Drive, Trout for Cheat, Food for Preston, and Burlington Children's Home and Preston Memorial Hospital Mass Casualty Exercise. 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 2-13 that begins in July.
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