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Boring resident finishes National Guard youth challenge

Wilson earns high school diploma in Redmond

A Boring student has graduated from the 47th class of the Oregon National Guard Youth CalleNGe Program (OYCP).

Thaddeus Wilson received a high school diploma from the statewide alternative school. Of the 136 graduates, Wilson and 11 other grads received high school diplomas. Of the remaining, 14 students earned GEDs and 110 cadets earned enough credits to return to their hometown high schools and graduate with their respective classes.

Wilson also received two scholarships: the Deschutes County Sheriff scholarship for $500, and the Central Electric Co-op award for $500. He also received the OYCP Leadership award, which provides a limousine ride and lunch with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s office.

As part of their training through the program, the 136 cadets earned their food handler permits, as well as first-aid and CPR certification.

In addition, 126 donated blood through the American Red Cross. Cadets set a goal of giving 130 units of blood, and exceeded that goal by giving 145 units.

The class provided 11,300 hours of community service, averaging 83 hours per cadet. Cadets volunteered at numerous civic events and nonprofit organizations in the Bend area.

— Kylie Wray

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