GILBERT — 16 year old Cadet Corbin Lee Auville, son of Leonard and Kathrn Auville of Gilbert, has completed the requirements for graduation at the Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy and has earned his high school diploma through Mingo Central High School. Cadet Auville is one of 131 graduates from a total of 43 other counties in West Virginia. The 2-14 class is the 43rd class to complete this WV National Guard Program. On Dec 12, 2014, commencement exercises were held at the Craig Civic Center in Kingwood, WV where James A. Hoyer gave the commencement address and congratulated the Cadets.
While in attendance at the Academy, Cadet Auville of Platoon 1 was recognized for receiving the Overall Most Improved, Instructor’s List, Honor’s List, Mentorship Award, as well as obtaining the six Individual Values Recognition Ribbons. Cadet Auville also participated in the Presidential Physical Fitness Program.
Auville’s mother stated that this program is amazing and has changed her son for the good. “I’m so pleased with this academy and what they have done for my child. He’s now ready to go on with his life with a lot of learning behind him and I recommend this to everyone,” said Kathryn.
About Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy:
During the late 1980’s, the Rockefeller Foundation identified the need in our country to provide opportunities for young people working to overcome problems in their lives that include being a high school dropout. In 1991 the Joint Armed Services Committee directed the National Guard to develop a plan to “add value to America by providing values, skills, education and self-discipline to young people incorporating the structure and esprit de corps found in the military model”. The National Youth ChalleNGe program began operating in 1993 under Public Law 102-484. West Virginia is proud to be one of the original programs.
The mission of the Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy is to train and mentor selected at-risk youth to become contributing members of society using the 8 Core Components in a quasi-military environment during a 22-week residential and one year Post-Residential follow-up 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 State’s Capitol in Charleston. Cadets in this class provided over 8,687.6 hours of Service to Community for such organizations as American Red Cross Blood Drive, Trout for Cheat, Mountaineer Food Bank, and Kingwood, Masontown and Reedsville VFD. 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 2-15 that begins in July. Call toll-free at 1-800-529-7700 for more information.
Cindy Browning is a reporter for the Gilbert Times. To contact Cindy please call 304-664-8225 or email at Lbradford@civitasmedia.com.