Tanner Dalton Byrd of Watauga County is among 50 new troopers to graduate in the 152nd Fast-Track Basic Highway Patrol School.

The cadets spent nine consecutive weeks at the training academy without visiting home, to ensure maximum protection for the cadets from outside exposure to COVID-19.

These new state troopers will report to their respective duty stations on Wednesday, Jan. 13, to begin a demanding field training program.

Byrd has been assigned to the Charlotte region for duty.