2020 graduating class of Montana Youth Challenge Academy. PHOTO COURTESY MONTANA YOUTH CHALLENGE ACADEMY

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Local Montana Youth Challenge Academy graduates

Two Madison County locals graduated from the Montana Youth Challenge Academy June 27.

Logan Anderson,17, of Twin Bridges and Morgan Roberts, 16, of Ennis both plan to go into the military service in the future. The Montana Youth Challenge Academy is designed to improve life outcomes for students who were at risk of not graduating high school. Class 42 of MYCA had 69 graduates and Montana Attorney General Tim Fox was the keynote speaker at the outdoor ceremony in Dillon.

Anderson attained his HiSET, which is equivalent to a high school diploma, and joined the Marines. Roberts will return to Butte High School and plans to become part of the Army Airborne Infantry after graduating.

Each had their difficulties to overcome in the program. Anderson worked hard to succeed in his academics. Roberts struggled with the strict structure of the program. But the cadets both strived to accomplish their life goals. Anderson said he learned to be grateful and patient in the MYCA program. Roberts said learned how to adapt and overcome.

“Became the person I always wanted to be,” Roberts said.

The 22-week residential challenge helps students seek out opportunities with job skills training, service to the community and leadership positions. The 12-month phase that follows is designed for candidates to achieve a high school diploma, placement into higher education, employment, military enlistment or volunteering at least 25 hours a week.

Words of advice for the incoming candidates July 21:

“Do great, stay strong and keep going,” Anderson said.

“Embrace the suck, look forward to every meal,” Roberts said.

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