Wellsburg Cadet Part of Mountaineer Challenge Academy’s 62nd Class

The Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy is pleased to announce Class 1-24 as the 62nd class to complete this West Virginia National Guard Program. Commencement exercises were held Friday, June 14 at Camp Dawson in Kingwood. A total of 85 graduates from 34 counties across the State of West Virginia successfully completed the requirements for graduation. CSM James Jones congratulated the Cadets and gave the commencement address.
Brooke County Cadet George Vincent Junkins III, son of Alisha and Chad Rogers of Wellsburg and George Junkins II of Wheeling, was in Platoon 3. Cadet Junkins was recognized for receiving the Mentorship, Instructor’s List(3), Deputy Director’s Distinction Award(3-D Award), Level One PT, Highest Academic Points, Health Award as well as obtaining the six Individual Values Recognition Ribbons.
All graduating Cadets have completed the residential phase of ChalleNGe, which includes activities in eight core component areas ranging from Service to Community to Employability Skills. Cadets in this class provided 3687.5 hours of Service to Community for such organizations as American Red Cross, Trout for Cheat, Camp Galilee, Girl Scouts of America, and Operation Gratitude. 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 2-24 South that begins in October. Call toll-free at 1.800.529.7700 for more information.