Commonwealth ChalleNGe Class 51 graduates 118 cadets
190801-Z-A3554-0066.JPG Photo By: A.J. Coyne

Virginia Beach, Virginia - The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduates 118 cadets from Class 51 August 24, 2019, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Walt Mercer, chief operations officer for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs, joined Mark Chicoine, director of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy, in congratulating the cadets on finishing the five-and-a-half-month program. John Jenkins, senior strategic defense analyst at the Air Force Predictive Readiness Analysis Support, an Air Force veteran and father of a Class 51 cadet, was the guest speaker. ChalleNGe aims to intervene in the lives of 16-18 year-old teenagers by providing values, skills, education and self-discipline needed to produce responsible, productive citizens, and to do so in a highly-structured learning environment. (U.S. National Guard photo by A.J. Coyne)


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