- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

RANTOUL, Ill. (AP) - About 260 students will get their high school diplomas this weekend from a state-run military academy for former dropouts.

The Lincoln’s Challenge Academy in Rantoul plans to hold its graduation ceremony Saturday.

According to The News-Gazette in Champaign (https://bit.ly/1xDJUgp ), more than 35 members of the class will receive scholarships from the Illinois Community College Board.

Lincoln’s Challenge is run by the Illinois National Guard. Students from around the state attend the 22-week residential program at facilities that were once part of the now-closed Chanute Air Force Base.

Graduates are paired with volunteer mentors who serve as advisers and role models as the former students decide what their next steps will be.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, https://www.news-gazette.com

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