Cadet Kyle Winn, Brazil, will graduate during a ceremony Dec. 18, at the Knightstown High School.
The cadets will then return home for good after nearly six months of primarily focusing on academics. They also endured full days of physical fitness, social and life-skills training and community service projects.
"The cadets have reached the stage where they understand all they are capable of," National Guard Youth Challenge spokesperson Barry Stewart said. "And not just pushing through these last six months. They know they can do so much more."
The academy will graduate a class of nearly 100 cadets and Stewart said the program is on track to continue to increase those numbers. The program is an alternative for youth, ages 16-18, who have left high school without the benefit of a diploma.
More than 22,000 Indiana youth join those ranks every year, adding to an ever-increasing tax burden. There is no cost to cadets or parents to attend the mostly federally funded program, nor is there a military service obligation.
"This is an alternative for someone who hasn't given up, wants a life-changing experience and wants to map a new course for success," Stewart said.
Stewart said she hopes anyone who knows a young Hoosier who may benefit from attending the academy will take the time to research the program.
The next class begins in January and the academy is accepting applications online at www.ngycp.org, or by calling 1-866-477-0156.