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Hill speaks at Youth Challenge graduation
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Pictured with state Sen. Jack Hill at the Youth Challenge Academy graduation are, left to right, front row: Ashley Hires and Catherine Wilson of Bulloch County; and back row: Mark Richardson and Randy Colson of Tattnall County, Brandon S. Malphus and Brandon Williams of Effingham County, Zack Durrence of Bulloch County, Darrell Muse of Effingham County and Richard Smiley of Columbia County. The National Guard’s Youth Challenge Academy is a 22-week, in-residence program where formerly “at risk” teens complete their education and receive their GEDs or diplomas and learn valuable life skills. - photo by Photo provided

State Sen. Jack Hill of Reidsville was the commencement speaker at graduation ceremonies for Class 32 of the Fort Stewart-based National Guard Youth Challenge Academy on June 20 at the Macon City Auditorium.

Hill is also an ex-officio member of the Senate Education and Youth Committee. One member of Class 32 was 17-year-old Diah C. Nelson of College Park who is the 6,000th graduate of Georgia’s Youth Challenge Academy.