At first Dylan Beakley (center) was a reluctant cadet at the Washington Youth Academy where he was eager to make up lost high school credits. He later became a leader and gave a commencement speech at graduation earlier this year. (Photo courtesy of the Washington Youth Academy)

At first Dylan Beakley (center) was a reluctant cadet at the Washington Youth Academy where he was eager to make up lost high school credits. He later became a leader and gave a commencement speech at graduation earlier this year. (Photo courtesy of the Washington Youth Academy)

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