[caption id="attachment_45450" align="alignleft" width="200"]<img class="wp-image-45450 size-medium" src="https:\/\/mountainmessenger.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2020\/03\/Mountaineer-ChallENge-Adkins-M-1-scaled-e1584798697734-200x300.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="300" \/> Cadet Malachi Adkins, son of Kenneth and Jaclyn Adkins of Caldwell.[\/caption]\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_45451" align="alignleft" width="200"]<img class="wp-image-45451 size-medium" src="https:\/\/mountainmessenger.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2020\/03\/Mountaineer-ChallENge-Larue-1-scaled-e1584798731899-200x300.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="300" \/> Cadet Levi Larue, son of Kevin Laure and Elizabeth Stephens-Larue of Williamsburg.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nThe Mountaineer Challe<em>NG<\/em>e Academy is pleased to announce Class 2-19 as the 53rd class to complete this West Virginia National Guard Program. Commencement exercises were held Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, at Camp Dawson in Kingwood. A total of 148 graduates from 31 counties across the State of West Virginia successfully completed the requirements for graduation. Major General James Hoyer congratulated the Cadets and gave the commencement address.\r\n\r\nThe following Cadets participated from Greenbrier County:\r\n<ul>\r\n \t<li>Cadet Malachi Adkins, son of Kenneth and Jaclyn Adkins of Caldwell, was in Platoon 1. Cadet Adkins was recognized for receiving the Physical Training Award (5), S2C Award (3), Level I PT Award (6), Mentorship Award, as well as obtaining the six Individual Values Recognition Ribbons. During their time at the Academy, Cadet Adkins served in the following leadership positions: Assistant Platoon Leader.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Cadet Levi Larue, son of Kevin Laure and Elizabeth Stephens-Larue of Williamsburg, was in Platoon 4. Cadet Larue was recognized for receiving Academic Most Improved, Mentorship Award, as well as obtaining the six Individual Values Recognition Ribbons.<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\nAll graduating Cadets have completed the 22-week residential phase of Challe<em>NG<\/em>e, 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\u2019s Capitol in Charleston. Cadets in this class provided 8,345.25 hours of Service to Community for such organizations as American Red Cross (Blood Drive), Trout for Cheat, Preston County Senior Citizens, Kingwood and Reedsville VFD, Preston County Animal Shelter, Arthurdale Heritage, Operation Christmas Child, Preston County Schools, Shaffer Heritage Farms, Christian Help, and the Preston County Football League. Following graduation, these Cadets will begin a one-year post-residential phase of ChalleNGe that includes placement activities in education and\/or employment.\r\n\r\nApplications are currently being accepted for Class 2-20 that begins in July. Call toll-free at 1-800-529-7700 for more information.