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Gut check graduation
Retired Army Capt. Lee Dickson wraps up a weekend program with gut check candidates before their graduation ceremony Sunday at Gainesville Civic Center. “This program is about inspiring leadership and discipline in these boys. We really want to fill them with the courage so they’re not afraid to make the right decisions,” Dickson said. - photo by JOSHUA L. JONES

The Gainesville Jaycees sponsor and conduct the military-style camp to instill discipline and teach leadership qualities to a wide ranging group of Hall County middle school boys. Graduation was Sunday at Gainesville Civic Center. Ryan Sawyer, one of the program’s main instructors,  said “This program is about getting them to grow up and contribute to the community.”

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