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East County students graduate from National Guard program

Students earn scholarships

Ten East County teenagers graduated from the Oregon National Guard's Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP), a statewide alternative high school, on Dec. 14 in Redmond.

Graduates have completed the five-and-one-half month residential phase of the program. Of the graduates, 28 received high school diplomas, 12 earned general equivalency diplomas (GED) and 92 earned enough credits to return to high school and graduate with their classes.

Gresham graduates and credentials include: Ignacio Ceja Hernandez, GED; Brian Chavarria, credits; Kevin Klansnic, credits; Denis Sieben, credits; Jacob Argue, GED; Bryan Garcia, credits; Stephanie Perez, credits; Matthew Day, diploma; and Ricky Salazar-Silva, credits.

Wood Village resident Maribel Chavez obtained a GED.

Scholarships and honors

Sieben was one of 15 honor students.

Argue received the $1,000 Bo Conaway Memorial Scholarship, an award presented to a student attending a vocational technology or trade school.

Day received a $1,000 Boeing scholarship, as well as a $500 Jump Start Grant, which serves to help cadets achieve their education and career goals. Chavez, a member of the company drill team, was named the 'Overall Outstanding Cadet of the Company,' for outstanding leadership, teamwork, military bearing, modeling OYCP values and contribution to the cadet corps. Chavez also received the 'Most Improved Physical Fitness' award and outstanding physical training honors. She was presented with the $250 Service to Community Excellence award.

For more information about the Youth ChalleNGe Program, visit oycp.com or call 541-317-9623.