A Lake Area resident will soon wear the uniform of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and hit the road for his first assignment in Troop-C, Zone 14, which covers St. Francois and Washington Counties. Zackery Preston, of Osage Beach, made the grade and is included on the list of 26 new troopers who make up the 105th Recruit Class. The new troopers started their training back on January 2nd and, recently, completed the 25 week training course. New Governor Michael Parson will be a special guest speaker at the graduation ceremony. Preston and the other new troopers will officially report for duty with their assigned troops on July 16th.