(7/6/12) Christian R. Chamberlain, Black River Falls, was one of more than 100 cadets from 38 counties to graduate from the Wisconsin National Guard's Challenge Academy during a formal commencement ceremony June 9 at Stevens Point Area Senior High School.
The Challenge Academy is a state of Wisconsin residential alternative education program for high school dropouts and habitual truants. The Challenge Academy uses a structured, quasi-military style environment and state-certified teachers and counselors to build cadets' academic abilities, character, self-confidence, and personal discipline. Cadets that attend the program do so with the goal of changing their life's course and developing new, healthy habits during the 22-week residential portion of the program.
After graduation, cadets put their new life skills to work and remain in contact with their mentors for 12 months.