Karina Bowling of Shirley is congratulated by U.S. Rep. Luke Messer during the graduation ceremony. "If you work hard and stay focused, anything's possible," Messer told the audience. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
Josiah Schaeckel takes a group photo while his father, Charles Schaeckel, looks over the Certificate of Scholarship his son received at the Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy graduation on Saturday. The academy, sponsored by the Indiana National Guard, targets at-risk youths. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
GREENFIELD — As Josiah Schaekel made his way across the stage, his family members couldn’t hold back their excitement.
They whooped and hollered for the 18-year-old graduate of the Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy, who not only received his general equivalency diploma Saturday during the ceremony at Greenfield-Central High School but a $500 scholarship for his hard work.