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Local Young Marines graduates largest class in last decade

The Columbian

Hough — The Lewis & Clark Young Marines graduated a class of 50 — 37 boys and 13 girls ages 8-15 — on March 23, the group’s largest graduating class in 10 years. The ceremony was at Hough Elementary School. Mike Kessler, former National Young Marine executive director/CEO, was the guest speaker. Their training included practical knowledge and physical fitness, history and practical skills. They were trained by seven Lewis & Clark Young Marine recruit instructors and eight Lewis & Clark Young Marine adult volunteer leaders. Deonna Grove from Ridgefield High School was awarded the title of honor graduate for placing first overall out of the annual recruit class. She was awarded the William W. Hillgaertner Honor Graduate Award and promoted to private first class.