Class 57 Graduation
On December 4, 2021 Thunderbird Challenge Program graduated their largest class, with 129 Graduates. Not only did Class 57 have the largest number of graduates, but they also set the record with the largest retention in a TCP Class. During the program, the Cadets must make a commitment to themselves and the program itself. They challenge themselves in physical fitness, academic achievement, and leadership.
Physical fitness is a very important part of the program. Each Cadet must participate in, and complete, the National Guard Youth Challenge Program Physical Fitness program. Class 57 had four Cadets that received awards for their exceptional successes at the completion of the strenuous fitness program.
Academically, the cadets completed over 1100 High School courses. Class 57 saw 16 Cadets raise their TABE scores by more than two grade levels. Additionally, ten Cadets completed their required HS coursework and received their high school diplomas, one Cadet receiving their GED, and three Cadets earned scholarships.
Over the course of the program, the cadets contributed 6,714 community service hours for an average of 51 hours per cadet, saving non-profit organizations and the State of Oklahoma over $191,600 in volunteer wages. Also, Cadets have the opportunities to gain privileges throughout the program by earning positive or negative spot reports, and this Class had 33 Cadets that did not receive a single adverse or negative report during the course of the program.
Class 57 has exemplified the Thunderbird National Guard Youth Challenge Program. Cadets have developed leadership skills and are prepared to the next step in taking ownership of their lives.