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Cadets Graduate from Lincoln's Challenge Academy
A life saver. That is how nearly 300 cadets, who could have slipped through the cracks, describe the place where they received their diplomas from Saturday.
The 40th class from Lincoln's Challenge Academy turned their tassels in front of proud families and teachers at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.
L.C.A. is a military school for students struggling in the traditional classroom or at home.
One graduate says he always wanted to be in the military and becoming a cadet at L.C.A. helped him do that, all while furthering his education.
“See I got in trouble in my past and I needed, and this, is the next option. My high school, you know, they didn't want me anymore and I came here and I loved it," Kamron Haley said.
Since L.C.A. opened in Rantoul 13,000 cadets have graduated with more than 75% earning a G.E.D. That makes it the most successful youth challenge program in the nation.