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Eight Liberty County teens to graduate from National Guard Youth
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Eight Liberty County teens are among more than 200 teens set to graduate from the National Guard sponsored Youth Challenge Academy at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at the Macon City Auditorium.
Jonathan Aaron Bailey of Midway; Portia Nichole Daniels of Allenhurst; Ronald Fonta Keener, Nikolas John Mancuso, and Michael William Wilson all of Fort Stewart; Jason Ray Marsh of Fleming; and Xiomara T. Parmelee and Lamar Allen Nelson of Hinesville are members of Class 2008-02 of the Fort Stewart-based
Georgia's Youth Challenge Academy is a 22-week voluntary residential youth program for teens aged 16-18 who have dropped out of school.  The military-styled program provides teens with the opportunity to complete basic academic courses leading to a high school diploma or GED.  The voluntary program also provides teens valuable life skills training emphasizing academic, physical fitness and personal discipline.
The Georgia National Guard operates two Youth Challenge Academy campuses in Georgia-the original campus at Fort Stewart near Savannah, and a second campus at Fort Gordon near Augusta that opened in 2000.  To date more than 7,700 formerly "at risk" teens have graduated from the two Youth Challenge Academy campuses in Georgia.

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