Six local youths graduated from the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, a statewide alternative high school, on Dec. 14 at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond. Graduation indicates the completion of the five-and-a-half-month residential phase of the program. The class featured cadets from 64 high schools and 17 Oregon counties.
Medford graduates and credentials include:
- Randall Keberlein, credits.
- Saul Ramirez, credits.
- Austin Ganey, diploma; also received a $500 Jump Start Grant, which serves to help cadets. achieve their education and career goals.
- Josef Winn, diploma.
Central Point graduates and credentials include:
Seth Sanders, credits.
Eagle Point graduates and credentials include:
Brendon Rempillo, credits; also received outstanding physical training honors.
Of the graduates, 28 received high school diplomas and 12 earned GEDs. Ninety-two cadets were able to earn enough credits through OYCP to return to high school and graduate with their classes.
The OYCP program is cost-free to cadets and their families and has successfully graduated more than 3,500 cadets since its inception in 1994. Cadets work through two phases, beginning with the residential phase, during which they cultivate life-coping skills, perform community service work and attend academic classes. While in the program, cadets also develop life plans to outline clear and organized steps for continuing along the path of success after graduation.