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Riverside Cadets receive China Study Abroad Scholarships
3/29/2017

NSLI-Y China Study Abroad 2017 - Riverside Military Academy(Shown left to right: Cadet Jonah Esworthy, Ms. Sandra Lin, and Cadet Mark Miller)

Riverside Military Academy congratulates juniors Jonah Esworthy and Mark Miller on their selection by the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) to study abroad in China this summer.

The NSLI-Y is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students. It's part of a U.S. government initiative that prepares American citizens to be leaders in a global world with the necessary linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to promote international dialogue and support American engagement abroad.

Cadets Esworthy and Miller received the scholarships to study abroad for 6-8 weeks while living with host families and attending language classes.

The program increases students’ Chinese language proficiency through intensive in-class language instruction, cultural presentations and activities, service activities with community-focused organizations, and host family stays.

Riverside Military Academy’s Chinese (Mandarin) curriculum, taught by Ms. Sandra Lin, provides an exciting opportunity for our cadets to gain an edge in the world of international business, government, and related fields. The courses are designed to give students a foundation in Chinese (Mandarin) language, history, and culture while earning foreign language credits.

Each student must take the HSK test of Chinese language ability, which is internationally recognized by universities and businesses, at the conclusion of each course. Riverside’s diverse student population representing 22 countries also presents the unique opportunity to room with cadets from China for additional language immersion.

2nd Annual Attack the Castle 5K/10K set for March 18
2/9/2017

Riverside Military Academy's Corps of Cadets challenges YOU!
Do you have what it takes to Attack the Castle?

Come show your courage on March 18 in Riverside Military Academy's 2nd Annual Attack The Castle 5K/10K adventure race.

Runners will have an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy beautiful vistas while running through roads, breezeways, and trails. However, this won't be your standard race as each runner will negotiate fun and challenging obstacles and defenses established by the Castle's defense force.

Attention 10K runners - Expect the 10K route to be one of the toughest that you have run. This route is characterized by elevation changes, undulating terrain mixing dirt, sand, rock, and trail throughout. The faint of heart need not apply. You'll be proud to say "I survived the siege!" Attack the Castle Adventure Race 5K/10K

Each 5K/10K race participant will receive a dri-fit t-shirt, an official race water bottle, and a goodie bag.

There will also be a 1 Mile Fun Run.

Share the race with your friends using #AttackTheCastle. Also, share our Facebook Event.

The race start time will be 9 a.m. Check-in begins at 8 a.m.

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Riverside Military Academy is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, and donations are tax deductible.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact attackthecastle@riversidemilitary.com.

 

Riverside Corps of Cadets awarded 7th President's Trophy
11/21/2016

Atlanta Veterans' Day Parade 2016 - Riverside Military Academy  COL William Gallagher holds Riverside's 2016 President's Trophy  Atlanta Veterans' Day Parade 2016 - Riverside Military Academy Color Guard

The long blue line of the Riverside Military Academy Corps of Cadets was on the march again in the 35th Annual Atlanta Veterans' Day Parade held November 12, 2016 in downtown Atlanta.

The Riverside Corps once more earned a distinguished honor by bringing home a 7th consecutive President’s Trophy for most outstanding entry in the parade!

Riverside’s President, Colonel William J. Gallagher, USA (Retired), reunited with his former boss General George Casey, USA (Retired), who served as the Parade Grand Marshal.

GEN Casey is former Army Chief of Staff and current Chairman of the USO Board of Governors. COL Gallagher reported to GEN Casey from 2006-2007 when the former was the chief strategic planner for the Iraq War and the latter was the Commanding General for Multi-National Force – Iraq, a coalition of more than 30 countries.

The President’s Trophy was presented to COL Gallagher by GEN Casey and Mr. Kevin L. Miller, President of the Georgia Veterans Day Parade Association of Atlanta.

Riverside Battalion Buglers Cadet PFC Josep Ginebra and Cadet PFC Ronel Kabore, both freshmen, had the honor of kicking off the parade with a poignant performance of Echo TAPS.

This year’s parade theme was “Honoring the USO,” highlighting over 75 years of support from the United Services Organization to our active duty military forces around the world.

“Riverside Military Academy honored our nation’s military veterans during the Atlanta Veterans’ Day Parade, and our Corps of Cadets is proud to bring home its 7th consecutive President’s Trophy for most outstanding entry,” said COL Gallagher.

The Atlanta Veterans' Day Parade is produced by the Georgia Veterans’ Day Parade Association of Atlanta, Inc. (GVDPA). This parade is one of the nation's largest Veterans’ Day events. The parade begins at 11:11 a.m. in remembrance of the ceasefire agreement signed in 1918 to end WWI, or the Great War, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Visit www.gavetsdayparade.org to learn more about the Georgia Veterans’ Day Parade Association of Atlanta.

Riverside announces 2016-17 Battalion Staff & Company Commanders
9/2/2016

Riverside Military Academy's 2016-17 Battalion Staff & Company Commanders

Riverside Military Academy proudly announces the Battalion Staff & Company Commanders of the 2016 -17 Riverside Military Academy Corps of Cadets:

Battalion Staff
Battalion Commander - C/LTC Ivan R. Pearson from South Haven, MN
Executive Officer - C/MAJ Derek W. Ferguson from Newnan, GA
Command Sergeant Major - C/CSM Tanner B. Hendricks from Gainesville, GA
S1 (Adjutant) - C/CPT Adam J. Stumpf from Sautee Nacoochee, GA
S2 (Security Officer) - C/CPT Demarko A. Hooper from College Park, GA
S3 (Operations and Training Officer) - C/MAJ Aleksander R. Popiolek from Covington, LA
S4 (Supply Officer) - C/CPT Samuel P. Britton from Dunwoody, GA
S5 (Public Affairs Officer) - C/CPT Ian Cooley from Woodstock, GA (not pictured)
Honor Court Chairman - C/MAJ Wiley M. Burns from Birmingham, AL

Company Commanders
Alpha Co. Commander - C/CPT Thomas D. Mims from Buckhead, GA
Band Co. Commander - C/CPT Benjamin K. Borden from Atlanta, GA
Bravo Co. Commander - C/CPT James T. Brubeck from Jacksonville, FL
Charlie Co. Commander - C/CPT Jacob M. Showah from Brentwood, TN
Delta Co. Commander - C/CPT Alex R. Hattenhauer from Charlotte, NC
Echo Co. Commander - C/CPT Carlos Carrillo from Charlotte, NC
Foxtrot Co. Commander - C/CPT James R. Basham from Sandy Springs, GA
Golf Co. Commander - C/CPT Michael B. Gunter from Columbia, SC
Hotel Co. Commander - C/CPT ZiYi Liu from Johns Creek, GA
India Company Commander (Day Cadets) - C/CPT Austin Lam from Buford, GA

We congratulate all cadet leaders throughout the RMA Corps of Cadets on their appointments overseeing each Cadet Company, Platoon, and Squad!

Riverside to host Annual SBELA Dinner Aug. 11
7/28/2016

Riverside Military Academy will honor Philip A. Wilheit, Sr. and Ralph W. Cleveland, posthumous, at the third annual Sandy Beaver Entrepreneurial Leadership Award dinner on August 11. The dinner will be held in Alumni Hall on the Riverside campus.

Governor and Mrs. Nathan Deal will be honored guests at the dinner.Philip A. Wilheit, Sr. - Riverside SBELA Honoree

Philip Wilheit, Sr. (shown top right) is president and managing partner of Wilheit Packaging, the family business started by his father, Tom Wilheit in 1954. He is known throughout the state as the campaign manager of 17 successful Congressional and gubernatorial elections for Gov. Nathan Deal, and is respected for his rainmaker abilities, especially in attracting new businesses to Hall County and the state. He serves on the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, is vice chair of Brenau University, is chairman of the Gainesville Hall Development Authority, and is chairman emeritus of the Northeast Georgia Health System.

Ralph W. Cleveland - Riverside SBELA HonoreeRalph W. Cleveland (shown right), 1907-1999, a New Holland native who began his career as a cotton broker, is credited as a pioneer in the poultry feed business of northeast Georgia. He later served as chairman of Gainesville National Bank and ended his career as a self-educated and successful securities investor. Cleveland and his wife, Mary, were instrumental in the creation of Gainesville Junior College, and he served on the board of Brenau College, now University, for 40 years. Cleveland died in 1999 at the age of 92.

The annual award dinner supports The Riverside Military Academy Foundation and is named to honor the entrepreneurial and leadership legacy of General Sandy Beaver, Riverside president from 1912-1969.

The RMA Foundation was created in 2013 to provide an ongoing source of funding for tuition assistance for young men seeking a Riverside education. Riverside, started in 1907, is a college preparatory, military Academy for boys in grades 7-12 from around the world. Enrollment now exceeds 500 with young men from 27 different countries and 33 states.

“The vision, leadership, and philanthropic spirit that Sandy Beaver exhibited throughout his tenure as Riverside’s president are the qualities we honor in Mr. Wilheit and Mr. Cleveland,” said COL William J. Gallagher, U.S. Army, Retired. “We are grateful to our alumni and community members for their support for this event and making the event possible.”

Last year’s honorees were James A. Walters and Wilbur Ramsey, posthumous. Tickets for the dinner are $75 and corporate sponsorships are available for tables of 10 for $1,000. For more information about the August 11 dinner, please call Amanda K. Griffin at 770-538-2924.

Click here to learn more about this year's SBELA Honorees and Corporate Sponsors.

2015-16 Battalion Staff & Company Commanders appointed at RMA
9/21/2015

Riverside Military Academy proudly announces the Battalion Staff and Company Commanders of the 2015-16 Riverside Military Academy Corps of Cadets:

Battalion Staff
Battalion Commander - LTC Enio Xavier from Luanda, Angola, Africa
Executive Officer - MAJ Dallas Kvach from Chattanooga, TN
Command Sergeant Major - CSM Ivan Pearson from South Haven, MN
S1 (Adjutant) - CPT Christian Cates from Alpharetta, GA
S2 (Security Officer) - CPT Geoffrey Winslow from Big Bear City, CA
S3 (Operations and Training Officer) - MAJ Winston Jones from Milledgeville, GA
S4 (Supply Officer) - CPT William Watson Thomas from Dothan, AL
S5 (Public Affairs Officer) - CPT Tristan Bisch from Las Vegas, NV
Honor Council Chairman - MAJ Randy Rodriguez from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Company Commanders
Alpha Co. Commander - CPT Oluwadamilola Adegbite from Ikejagra, Nigeria, Africa
Band Co. Commander - CPT Patrick Sheffield from St. Simons Island, GA
Bravo Co. Commander - CPT Trevor Ballard from Lexington, KY
Charlie Co. Commander - CPT Soon Hyung Kim from Seoul, Republic of Korea
Delta Co. Commander - CPT Kevin Reale from St. Johns, FL
Echo Co. Commander - CPT Irakli Bates from Calhoun, GA
Foxtrot Co. Commander - CPT Austin Caldwell from Roswell, GA
Golf Co. Commander - CPT Michael Greenberg from Lakeland, FL
Hotel Co. Commander - CPT Jonathan Canniff from Brentwood, TN

We congratulate all of our cadet leaders throughout the RMA Corps of Cadets on their appointments overseeing each Cadet Company, Platoon, and Squad!

RMA Corps of Cadets elects 2015-16 Honor Council
9/3/2015

The Riverside Military Academy Corps of Cadets cast their ballots this week to elect their 2015-16 Honor Council officers and representatives, and the results are as follows:

Chairman: C/MAJ Randy Rodriguez
Clerk: C/SFC Runyi Wang

Representatives appointed from 12th Grade:
C/CPT Michael Greenberg
C/MAJ Dallas Kvach
C/LTC Enio Xavier

Representatives appointed from 11th Grade:
C/1SG Wiley Burns
C/1SG Thomas Mims
C/CSM Ivan Pearson

Faculty Adviser: Mr. William McBride

Congratulations to our Riverside Military Academy Honor Council officers and representatives!

RMA Honor Code: "A cadet will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do."

Riverside Military Academy has established an Honor Code in order to create an atmosphere of trust. The goal is to have an honorable community of trustworthy people. Cadets assume the responsibility of teaching the Honor Code, living by it, and enforcing it.
Learn more about the Riverside Military Academy Honor System.

RMA announces 2015 Boys State Participants
5/27/2015

Riverside Military Academy's 2015 Boys State Participants(Shown left to right: Cadets Cobb, Caldwell, Thomas, Bates, Reale)

Riverside Military Academy (RMA) will host the 2015 Department of Georgia Boys State program June 14-20. The 2014 summer session was the organization’s inaugural year on the RMA campus, but 2015 marks the 75th session of Georgia Boys State.

Boys State is a comprehensive week-long leadership action course in state and local government for rising male seniors who qualify for this selective program.

Georgia Boys State participants are instructed on Georgia political history, the law and court system, and parliamentary procedure. Delegates learn the political process by organizing a mythical 51st state in which each level of government is managed by peer-elected representatives. The Georgia Boys State session also includes a visitation day with representatives from a variety of colleges and universities.

RMA rising seniors Irakli Bates, Austin Caldwell, Ethan Cobb, and Kevin Reale have all been selected to participate in Georgia Boys State held at RMA in June, and Watson Thomas will attend the Alabama Boys State program.

Riverside faculty members Mr. Andy Jobson and Colonel Robert Cagle are also Boys State alumni.

“I participated in Louisiana’s Boys State of 1985. I remember the excitement of elections and interacting with lots of young men from all over the state – kind of like RMA cadets do. Benefits include learning more about how the political process works, identifying your own beliefs and values, and practicing public speaking skills as you stand for election,” said Jobson.

The Boys State program was founded by the American Legion in 1935. A number of Boys State graduates from across the U.S. have been elected to public office. Visit www.dogboysstate.org to learn more about the Georgia Boys State program.

“Boys State is an extraordinary experience. The American Legion does a remarkable job of educating young men in what it means to be a citizen of the United States of America. I am always proud to tell others about being a part of Georgia Boys State. It left a lasting impression on me and has made me a more responsible citizen with a real appreciation of our duties and rights as Americans,” stated Cagle.

Cadet O'Sullivan selected for Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders
4/23/2015

RMA Cadet Adrian O'SullivanCadet SGT Adrian O'Sullivan, a Riverside sophomore from Tampa, FL, has been selected for the 2015 Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders (CFSTL) to be held in Boston, MA June 28-30.

The CFSTL was created by the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists (NAFST) to gather the country’s finest high school students who aspire to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and singling them out for special recognition and ongoing mentorship by STEM leaders. Mentors include Nobel Prize winners, inventors, researchers, Ivy League academic leaders, and retired NASA Astronaut Buzz Aldrin who serves as the Academy Science Director of the NAFST.

All students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA (or equivalent) to be nominated for this academic honors program, and invitation is by Academic Nomination only. (www.scitechleaders.com)

Cadet O'Sullivan received a letter from Dr. Aldrin recognizing him as a Delegate who will represent Riverside Military Academy and his home state of Florida. We congratulate Cadet O'Sullivan on this great achievement!

RMA Cadets honored to participate in NASCAR Folds of Honor Ceremonies
3/9/2015

Riverside Military Academy Drill Team (Fusiliers) and Color Guard cadets were selected for the honor of folding and presenting the U.S. flag during the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 1, 2015! Major Dan Rooney, founder and CEO of Folds of Honor, served as the grand marshal of Sunday's race.

These 18 Riverside Military Academy Cadets traveled to the Atlanta Motor Speedway where they assisted Folds of Honor with event set-up. The race-day events began promptly at 8 a.m. with the playing of the National Anthem. Several young men and women were then sworn into the U.S. Air Force just before the Color Guard and flag folding detail took the stage. The Riverside Cadets folded the flag 13 times in honor of the patriotism of the U.S. Military veterans.

RMA Cadets performed the flag folding ceremony on stage several times that day as well as on Feb. 27 & 28. The cadets had opportunities to hear inspirational stories from family members of military heroes who had sacrificed their lives fighting for the preservation of our freedom. Individuals shared how Folds of Honor helped their families overcome hardships and fund their children’s education.

Following the last on stage flag folding event, the cadets headed to the racetrack arena where they mingled with NASCAR drivers before the race. With television cameras rolling, the RMA Color Guard was positioned behind the National Anthem performer, and Drill Team members stood at attention in formation nearby. After this opening ceremony event, everyone was rushed off the track so the race could commence!

The Folds of Honor organization provides annual educational scholarships to the military families of those who have been killed or disabled while in active duty. The scholarships help support private education tuition, tutoring, and educational summer camps for children K-12, as well as higher education tuition assistance for spouses and children. Since its founding in 2007, Folds of Honor has awarded over 7,500 scholarships. Learn more about Folds of Honor at www.foldsofhonor.org.

Symbolism of the U.S. Flag Folding Ceremony

An American flag folded 13 times represents the fallen, and is symbolic of the last reward for military service. Each fold has a specific meaning:

  • The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
  • The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
  • The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks, and who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.
  • The fourth fold represents our weaker nature; as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace, as well as in times of war, for His divine guidance.
  • The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
  • The seventh fold is a tribute to our armed forces, for it is through the armed forces that we protect our country and our flag against all enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.
  • The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.
  • The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.
  • The 10th fold is a tribute to father, for he has also given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first born.
  • The 11th fold, in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
  • The 12th fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost.
  • When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God We Trust.”
RMA Corps of Cadets receives 6th Consecutive President's Trophy
11/11/2014

RMA in 2014 Atlanta Veterans Day Parade  RMA President James Benson receives President's Trophy from GA Veterans' Day Parade Assoc. President Kevin Miller

The Riverside Military Academy Corps of Cadets was invited to march in the 33rd Annual Atlanta Veterans' Day Parade held on November 8, 2014 in downtown Atlanta. The RMA Corps brought home its 6th consecutive President’s Trophy for best marching unit in the parade!

The Atlanta Veterans' Day Parade is produced by the Georgia Veterans’ Day Parade Association of Atlanta, Inc. (GVDPA). This parade is one of the nation's largest Veterans’ Day events. The parade begins at 11:11 a.m. in remembrance of the ceasefire agreement signed in 1918 to end WWI, or the Great War, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

RMA Battalion Bugler Quinton MunroeTwo Riverside cadets were also asked to kick off the Atlanta Veterans' Day Parade by playing Echo Taps. Riverside junior C/SSG Quinton Munroe is a Battalion Bugler and sophomore C/PFC Andrew Valerioti is an Assistant Battalion Bugler.

The parade Grand Marshal was Captain Dale Dye, USMC (Ret). He has been the leading military consultant for decades, ensuring authenticity of projects such as “Band of Brothers,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “The Great Raid,” “The Pacific,” and many other military film and television productions.

This year’s parade theme was “Pathway to Victory - From D-Day to Tokyo Bay,” focusing on operations in both the European and Pacific theatres that led the Allies on the path to victory during the final 15 months of World War II.

We congratulate the Riverside Military Academy Corps of Cadets on their continued success as an outstanding marching unit!

Riverside Cadet attends National Youth Leadership Forum
10/7/2014

Cadet Matthew Conboy - National Youth Leadership ForumC/2LT Matthew Conboy, a Riverside senior, was invited to attend Envision's National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) in Washington, DC. From September 30 - October 5, he participated in the NYLF Forum: National Security - Diplomacy, Intelligence & Defense.

This six-day program provides high school students with a behind-the-scenes look at careers in defense, intelligence, and the diplomatic corps.

Students get an in-depth look at how the United States plans for peace and prepares for crisis. Program participants meet with highly respected civilian policy makers and senior military officers who are responsible for national security decisions that reach throughout the globe, as well as veterans from the Wounded Warrior Project and others involved in the implementation of national security strategies. They also receive an up-close view of the national security infrastructure of the U.S. through site experiences, a career fair, a real-world crisis simulation, and interactions with nationally recognized speakers.

Congratulations to C/2LT Conboy on his selection to the 2014 NYLF Forum!

RMA announces 2014-15 Battalion Staff and Company Leaders
9/9/2014

RMA Battalion Staff 2014-15(Pictured right to left: Battalion Commander Joshua Sheek, Battalion XO Joshua Kreitzer, Command Sergeant Major Dallas Kvach, Honor Court Chairman Alexei Joya, S1 Taylor Hardin, S2 Trevor Higgins, S3 Ben Brewer, S5 Adam Turner.)

The following list includes Battalion Staff members and company leaders for the 2014-15 Riverside Military Academy Corps of Cadets.

Battalion Staff: Battalion Commander– LTC Joshua Sheek; Battalion XO – MAJ Joshua Kreitzer; Command Sergeant Major – CSM Dallas Kvach; S1 – CPT Taylor Hardin; S2 – CPT Trevor Higgins; S3 – MAJ Ben Brewer; S4 – CPT Matthew Taylor (received promotion 09/09/14); S5 – CPT Adam Turner; Honor Court Chairman – MAJ Alexei Joya

Band Company: Company Commander – CPT Christian Mull; Drum Major- MAJ Alexei Joya; Company XO – 1LT Matthew Garrett

Alpha Company: Company Commander – CPT Robert Pee; Company XO – 1LT Albert Picken

Bravo Company: Company Commander – CPT Austin Carroll; Company XO – 1LT Yokito Pinder

Charlie Company: Company Commander – CPT Christopher Howard; Company XO – 1LT Guangyuan Tao

Delta Company: Company Commander – CPT Tucker Pearson; Company XO – 1LT Cuong Nguyen

Echo Company: Company Commander – CPT Alyn Jordan-Bass; Company XO – 1LT Byron Hall

Foxtrot Company: Company Commander – CPT Kevin Muir; Company XO – 1LT David Morgan

Golf Company: Company Commander – CPT Modiyar Abdukadyrov; Company XO – C/1LT JeJuan McCalston (received promotion 09/18/14)

Hotel Company: Company Commander- CPT Jacob Lewis; Company XO- Justin Smith

We congratulate all of our cadets who received leadership appointments in the 2014-15 Riverside Military Academy Corps of Cadets!

Kim selected as National Merit Scholarship Finalist
7/29/2014

RMA Class of 2014 graduate DoYeun Kim has been selected as a 2014 National Merit Scholarship Finalist.DoYeun Kim - National Merit Scholarship Finalist

Around 1.5 million juniors from over 22,000 high schools entered the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Kim was one of approximately 16,000 semifinalists chosen in the 2014 program. He competed with other semifinalists for an estimated 8,000 National Merit Scholarships totaling $35 million. Students had to fulfill several requirements, including submission of an essay and presenting a record of very high academic performance, in order to achieve the finalist level of competition and become eligible to earn the Merit Scholar title.

In February 2014, Kim received notification of his advancement to the finalist level of competition, and he was notified about his scholarship offer in early June.

He was a member of the RMA Band, the National Honor Society, the RMA Horton Society, the Junior Engineering Technical Society-Technology Student Association (JETS-TSA), and the Science National Honor Society. He's the son of Mr. Choong Hyun Kim and Mrs. Min Joung Kim of Seoul, South Korea.

We congratulate DoYeun Kim for all of the hard work and dedication that led to his designation as a 2014 National Merit Scholarship Finalist.

Cadet Photographer earns recognition from Sheriff's Office
7/24/2014

Cadet Eli Fuller and Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch    Cadet Eli Fuller and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal
(Cadet Eli Fuller with Hall Co. Sheriff Gerald Couch)            (Cadet Eli Fuller with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal)

Riverside Military Academy Cadet Eli Fuller volunteered to photograph the Hall County Sheriff’s Office Hot Pursuit 5K in the pouring rain on July 19. He finds many opportunities to practice his photography skills on Riverside's busy campus!

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is the 6th largest Sheriff's Office in Georgia, and the Hot Pursuit 5K benefits the Georgia Sheriffs' Youth Homes (GSYH). Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch and his staff were very impressed with Cadet Fuller's efforts. The Sheriff invited him to attend a special dinner on July 22 when Sheriff Couch was presented the President's Award from the GSYH for his dedication to supporting the children of Georgia Sheriffs' Youth Homes. The event was held at Legacy Lodge in Lake Lanier Islands Resort.

Not only was Cadet Fuller able to take event photos for his portfolio, but he also dined at the Sheriff’s table and met Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.

We congratulate Cadet Fuller on earning recognition for his photography. We also want to congratulate Sheriff Couch as recipient of the GSYH President's Award.

Cadets awarded Georgia Certificate of Merit
7/11/2014

GA Certificate of Merit Recipients - Class of 2015(Left to right: Nunez, Yan, Joya, Manzo, Wilson, Vuong, and Pearson.)

     Riverside Military Academy’s C/MSG Alexei Joya, C/SGT Samuel Manzo, C/SSG Charles Nunez, C/2LT Tucker Pearson, C/SFC Toan Vuong, C/PFC Justin Wilson, and C/SGT Zhichen Yan were each selected as Class of 2015 Georgia Certificate of Merit winners.
     Each year, the State of Georgia, in cooperation with the University of Georgia, recognizes juniors who hold outstanding academic records throughout their first three years of high school. The Certificate of Merit program was established by the University of Georgia in 1959, and the State of Georgia became a co-sponsor in 1970. The program seeks to identify our state’s most academically talented students and encourages them to explore honors programs and scholarship opportunities.
     C/SGT Yan, an international boarding student from China, was chosen for this award during his first semester of English language classes at RMA!
     “This is a big accomplishment for anyone, especially for an ESL student that has been here for less than 6 months – that is a staggering rate of growth and showcases his work ethic,” said Lara Moore, one of Yan’s ESL teachers.
     “To that end, most research indicates that while it can take a new ESL student a couple of years to become conversational in basic English, it takes anywhere from 5 to 7 years for the student to develop a solid academic vocabulary, which is an entirely different skillset. As a new ESL student, Yan’s accomplishment is very rare and profound, indeed,” stated Moore.
     We congratulate these exceptional students on their dedication to academics at Riverside!

Georgia Boys State Program finds New Home at Riverside
2/24/2014

Department of Georgia Boys State Director Phil Youngblood and the program’s Dean, Bob Beauchamp, toured the Riverside Military Academy campus during November 2013.Georgia Boys State Logo They were impressed with the campus facilities and RMA Corps of Cadets, and Riverside will begin hosting the Georgia Boys State summer program in June 2014.

Mr. Youngblood and Mr. Beauchamp were joined at lunch by RMA cadets who attended Boys State in their respective home states during the 2013 Summer Session. Cadets Jacob Deem, James Hitt, Connor Schiro, and Harrison Summerour attended Georgia Boys State. John-Mark MacFarlane attended in Massachusetts, and Pearce Sauls attended in Texas. Several of these cadets were elected to influential positions and served as representatives on county and state levels. Cadet Deem was one of only two elected State Senators who represented Georgia at Boys Nation 2013 in Washington, D.C.

Riverside faculty members who are Boys State alumni include Commandant of Cadets Kevin Jarrard and teachers Andy Jobson and Colonel Robert Cagle.

The Boys State program was founded by the American Legion in 1935. It’s a comprehensive week-long leadership action course in state and local government for rising male seniors who qualify for this selective program. A number of Boys State graduates have been elected to public office.

Director Phil Youngblood stated, "The American Legion Boys State Program is the elite Program for youth, presented by The American Legion. As part of that National Program, we are confident that the Georgia Boys State Program is the premier governmental program for approximately 400 of Georgia's finest. At Georgia Boys State we ask that our participants be a voice and not an echo!”

Georgia Boys State attendees are presented with instruction on Georgia political history, the law and court system, and parliamentary procedure. Delegates have hands-on opportunities to learn the political process by organizing a mythical 51st state in which each level of government is managed by peer-elected representatives. The Boys State summer session also includes a visitation day by representatives from a variety of colleges and universities.

“2014 will mark our first year partnering with Riverside Military Academy. Georgia Boys State is excited about this partnership. We look forward to our experience in Gainesville," said Mr. Youngblood.

The Department of Georgia Boys State 2014 summer session will be held on the Riverside campus June 15-21. Please visit www.dogboysstate.org to learn more about the Georgia program or visit www.boysandgirlsstate.org to find a program by state.

Riverside Military Academy named Best of 2013 on Kudzu
2/19/2014

Kudzu Best of 2013 Private SchoolRiverside Military Academy in Gainesville, GA has been named a “Best of 2013” business in the Georgia Private Schools & Religious Schools category on Kudzu.com. Riverside also received this award for 2012.

Kudzu is the leading source of local business information and consumer reviews. Over 5 million local businesses competed across a wide range of categories including home, auto, health, and professional services. Winners were determined based on thousands of votes from consumers in the Kudzu community. Riverside Military Academy has received this top honor and is recognized with a Best of 2013 badge displayed on the Academy’s web site and Kudzu business listing page.

“The ‘Best of’ contest allows consumers to show their appreciation for local businesses that have served them well. Kudzu is proud to be an avenue for this support and to recognize companies that offer the highest levels of service,” stated Fran Wills, General Manager of Kudzu.

Riverside has remained one of the nation’s best military, college preparatory schools in the nation for over 106 years. The Academy has a Corps of Cadets consisting of over 470 students in grades 7-12 from 25 states and 22 countries.

Please visit Riverside's Kudzu page to view the full business listing and reviews for Riverside Military Academy.

Miss America 2003 Erika Harold visits Riverside Military Academy
12/12/2013

Ms. Erika HaroldThe Riverside Military Academy Corps of Cadets welcomed special guest speaker Ms. Erika Harold, Miss America 2003, to campus on December 12, 2013.

Ms. Harold promoted the community service platform “Preventing Youth Violence and Bullying” while serving as Miss America 2003. As a high school freshman, she became a victim of harassment by other students. She chose to use her experiences as a catalyst and issued a national call to action, urging every segment of society to take a proactive approach to eliminating these harmful behaviors. She spoke to more than 100,000 students about the consequences of bullying and the benefits of making positive choices.

During her visit to Riverside, Ms. Harold shared her anti-bullying message with cadets following the Mess I pass in review.

She aided in the release of the “Fight Crime, Invest in Kids” bullying prevention report at the National Press Club. She has also discussed peer-to-peer harassment on numerous television shows, including Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN Headline News, The O’Reilly Factor, and an episode of PBS’s Emmy award-winning teen series In the Mix. In recognition of her advocacy efforts, she was named a Fight Crime, Invest in Kids “Champions for Children,” and she received a leadership award from the National Center for Victims of Crime.

Ms. Harold was born and raised in Urbana, Illinois and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Illinois. She graduated from Harvard Law School in 2007 where she won an award for appellate advocacy in Harvard’s prestigious moot court competition. Following graduation, she worked as an attorney in the litigation groups of Sidley Austin LLP and Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C. where she represented businesses in commercial disputes and advised religious institutions in matters involving First Amendment protections.

As a delegate and featured speaker for the 2004 Republican National Convention, she promoted the importance of faith-based prison reform initiatives. She is an attorney at Meyer Capel, one of Champaign County’s largest law firms, and she’s currently pursuing the Republican nomination as a Congressional candidate in Illinois’ 13th District.

Ms. Harold serves on the board of directors for Prison Fellowship, the world’s largest outreach to prisoners and their families, and she has presented faith-based messages in prisons throughout the country. She serves as a spokesperson for Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree, a program providing Christmas gifts to children with an incarcerated parent. She received ATHENA International’s 2011 Young Professional Leadership Award.

Hear Ms. Harold's Speech to RMA Corps

Riverside's Corps awarded 5th Consecutive President's Trophy
11/11/2013

RMA Corps in 2013 Veterans Day Parade

The Riverside Military Academy Corps of Cadets marched in the 32nd Annual Atlanta Veterans' Day Parade held on November 9, 2013 in downtown Atlanta. The RMA Corps brought home their 5th consecutive President’s Trophy for best overall entry in the parade!

“We were pleased that our Parade Judges confirmed your academy won the President’s Trophy, and I join our Association’s Officers and Directors in congratulating Colonel Benson and the entire Riverside Military Academy in this honor,” said Kevin Miller, President of the Georgia Veterans Day Parade Association of Atlanta, Inc.

The Atlanta Veterans' Day Parade, produced by the Georgia Veterans Day Parade Association of Atlanta, Inc. (GVDPA), is one of the nation's largest Veterans’ Day events. The parade begins at 11:11 a.m. in remembrance of the ceasefire agreement signed in 1918 to end WWI, or the Great War, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

This year’s parade theme was “Honoring our Korean War Veterans and All Who Preserved Freedom.” The parade Grand Marshal was Brigadier General Charles E. Getz (Ret). He is currently number 11 of the 50 most highly decorated military personnel of all time, which includes all U.S. Military service branches and all U.S. Wars and periods of U.S. history. This distinction was earned during one war.

Two Riverside cadets were honored with an invitation to kick off the Atlanta Veterans' Day Parade by playing Echo Taps. Riverside sophomore C/SGT Quinton Munroe is the Battalion Bugler and sophomore C/CPL Branden Taylor is the Assistant Battalion Bugler. They were each presented with a Georgia Veterans Day Parade Association medallion following their performance.

The Riverside Military Academy Color Guard was asked to present the National Colors during the annual Freedom Ball held at the Georgia Aquarium later that evening. Riverside Cadet Battalion Commander Harrison Summerour also led the event attendees in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

“The Georgia Veterans Day Parade Association of Atlanta is always thankful for the support we receive from Riverside Military Academy each year. From the precision of the marching cadets in the parade to the professionalism of your leadership, your support of our events are appreciated and valued,” stated Miller.

RMA Theater to be Named/Dedicated October 19
10/7/2013

     RMA alumnus Carlos Cervantes, '59, and his wife, Sandy, will be honored at Homecoming October 18-19. Because of their generous gift to the fine arts program at Riverside, the 700-seat theatre in the Sandy Beaver Center for Teaching and Learning will be named The Carlos and Sandra Cervantes Theatre for the Arts.
     You are invited to attend all Homecoming activities, and, most especially, this dedication, which begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 19 in the theatre.
     The Cervantes' gift of $400,000 will provide enhancements to the fine arts program as well as merit scholarships for cadets with exceptional talent in the areas of art, music, or theatre. The funds will also provide for maintenance of the theatre and travel and performance opportunities for cadets.
     "This generous gift from Carlos and Sandy Cervantes will allow Riverside to continue to improve and expand cadet opportunities in the fine arts," said Colonel Jim Benson, Riverside's president. "Naming the theatre in their honor acknowledges Carlos' family legacy in show business. We are truly grateful."
     Cervantes spent two years at Riverside before graduating in 1959. He earned bachelor and master's degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He went on to a 32-year career, 23 years of which were at the partner level, with Arthur Andersen Worldwide (currently Accenture), which included leadership positions in the U.S., Brazil, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Spain, and EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa).
     Since his retirement in 1997, he has been on numerous boards, including the RMA Board of Trustees, the South Carolina State Board of Education, the Education Leadership Council in Washington, D.C., the National Association of State Boards of Education, also in Washington, D.C., and the Boys and Girls Club and Literacy Volunteers of the Low Country. He served on Jeb Bush's transition team for his second term as Governor of Florida as well as serving in the same capacity in the first term of Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina. In addition, he has held key positions in a number of political and philanthropic organizations.
     “We have two reasons for supporting the arts at RMA,” said Cervantes. “First is Riverside's commitment to educating the whole student and second is my family's show business legacy in a geographic footprint, which included Spain, South and Central America, the Caribbean, and the U.S."
     “We wish to pay homage to RMA and my family, both of which were so influential in our success in life,” stated Cervantes.
     Carlos and Sandy live in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They have five children and nine grandchildren.

DoYeun Kim selected as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist
9/26/2013

DoYeun Kim - National Merit Scholarship SemifinalistRiverside Military Academy congratulates Cadet First Lieutenant (C/1LT) DoYeun Kim, a senior, on his selection as a 2014 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist.
Around 1.5 million juniors from over 22,000 high schools entered the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
C/1LT Kim is one of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 2014 program. He will now have the opportunity to compete with other semifinalists for an estimated 8,000 National Merit Scholarships totaling $35 million. These students must fulfill other requirements including submission of an essay in order to achieve the Finalist level of competition and be eligible to earn the Merit Scholar title. In February 2014, students will receive notification of their advancement to the Finalist level of competition. Scholarships will be offered to the selected recipients during spring 2014.
C/1LT Kim was placed as third chair oboe in the 11th-12th grade All State Orchestra earlier this year, and he became the first Riverside band member to ever qualify for the All State Orchestra the previous year. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the RMA Horton Society, the Junior Engineering Technical Society-Technology Student Association (JETS-TSA), and the Science National Honor Society. C/1LT Kim was also a nominee for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program in Music (Oboe). He is the son of Mr. Choong Hyun Kim and Mrs. Min Joung Kim of Seoul, South Korea.

Cadets appointed to 2013-14 RMA Honor Council
9/4/2013

RMA Honor Code: "A cadet will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do."

Riverside Military Academy has established an Honor Code in order to create an atmosphere of trust. Each cadet is expected to conduct himself with integrity and honor and to uphold the Honor Code. In the case of an alleged Honor Code violation, the Commandant of Cadets and his staff conduct an initial investigation into the facts. If the alleged honor violation is referred to the Honor Council, a formal hearing is held in which Council members determine a verdict of guilty or not guilty. The verdict, along with written formal findings and recommendations, is passed to the Commandant of Cadets who determines further appropriate action.

Chairman: C/LTC Harrison Summerour
Vice Chairman: C/1LT Benjamin Jobson
Honor Council Clerk: C/SSG Patrick Sheffield

Representatives appointed from 11th Grade:
C/MSG Alexei Joya
C/1SG Tucker Pearson
C/2LT Robert Pee
C/SFC Sekayi Williams

Representatives appointed from 12th Grade:
C/CPT Jacob Deem
C/CPT Benjamin Herman
C/MAJ DeokHyeon Kim
C/MAJ Alisher Smagulov

Congratulations to our 2013-14 RMA Honor Council Representatives!

 

Riverside announces 2013-14 Battalion Staff & Company Commanders
8/21/2013

Battalion Commander 2013-14 Harrison SummerourBattalion Commander Harrison Summerour

Cadet Battalion Staff
Battalion Commander: C/LTC Harrison T. Summerour from Dawsonville, GA
Battalion XO: C/MAJ Alisher Smagulov from Astana, Kazakhstan
Battalion Command Sergeant Major: C/CSM Steven C. Hamilton from Covington, GA
Battalion S-1: C/CPT Benjamin R. Herman from Atlanta, GA
Battalion S-2: C/CPT Joshua R. Haughton from Atlanta, GA
Battalion S-3: C/MAJ DeokHyeon Kim from Ulsan City, South Korea
Battalion S-4: C/CPT Zachary M. Jackson from Boca Raton, FL
Battalion S-5: C/CPT Michael C. Ferri from Knoxville, TN

Vice Chairman of the Honor Council: C/1LT Benjamin A. Jobson from Gainesville, GA
Battalion Armor: C/MSG Preston A. Jackson from Newton, MS

Cadet Company Commanders
Band Company Commander: C/CPT Daniel M. Sheffield from St. Simons Island, GA
  (C/CPT Sheffield will also serve as the Drum Major.)
Alpha Company Commander: C/CPT Jacob M. Deem from Fort Stewart, GA
Bravo Company Commander: C/CPT JinBai Park from Seoul, South Korea
Charlie Company Commander: C/CPT John-Mark MacFarlane from Marion, MA
Delta Company Commander: C/CPT Nurali Irsraliyev from Astana, Kazakhstan
Echo Company Commander: C/CPT Pearce D. Sauls from Baytown, TX
Foxtrot Company Commander: C/CPT Jake S. Weiner from Miami, FL
Golf Company Commander: C/CPT Vladimir R. Timokhin from Moscow, Russia

Congratulations to the 2013-14 Riverside Military Academy Battalion Staff, Company Commanders, and all of our cadet leaders!

 

Logan Whitmore receives 1st Place Medal in Art Showcase
5/9/2013

Logan Whitmore wins 1st Place Art Award
(Pictured left to right: RMA Fine Arts Department Chair Mitch Freeman with Logan Whitmore)

Congratulations to Cadet Staff Sergeant (C/SSG) Logan P. Whitmore, a freshman at Riverside Military Academy, who won 1st Place (9th grade level) in the State of Georgia at the Kiwanis Art Showcase on April 27.

C/SSG Whitmore entered his painting, “The Floating Staircase,” in the mixed media category of the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville Art Showcase in March at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center, and he received the 1st Place Ribbon for 9th grade.

Following the Gainesville competition, his painting was selected to compete at the State level in the Georgia District Kiwanis Foundation Art & Music Showcase in Carrollton, Georgia. He won the 1st Place Medal out of all 9th grade art entries for the State!

On May 8, C/SSG Whitmore received a JROTC Academic Achievement Award for finishing in the top 10% of his class for the school year at Riverside Military Academy. He was a participant in the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) State German Convention held in January. He is also a member of Riverside's track team.

Riverside selects 2013 STAR Student and Teacher
2/27/2013

Riverside's STAR Student and Teacher 2013
Cadet Sergeant (C/SGT) Zhongkun Jin has been selected as this year's Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Student at Riverside Military Academy.

The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Georgia's outstanding high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on one test date on the three-part SAT taken through the November test date of their senior year and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.

C/SGT Jin arrived at RMA in 2011 from Beijing, China. He has distinguished himself in both academics and citizenship as a member of the National Honor Society, the Horton Society, the National Science Honor Society, and the Entrepreneur Club. He has participated as a member of the rifle team and the tennis team. He was also a member of RMA’s prize winning Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS). In 2012, he won the RMA Science Award. He is also a regular recipient of the Gold Star, which is RMA’s high honor roll. His teachers praise his outstanding work ethic and dramatic progress in the English language.

Cadet Jin chose Mr. Andy Jobson as his STAR Teacher. Mr. Jobson began teaching at RMA in 1995 after earning his BA at Tulane University and his MA at the University of Georgia. He has served as both History Department Chair and Academic Dean, and he currently serves as English Department Chair. He was selected to be a grader for Advanced Placement exams for several years, and he was chosen as the 2002 RMA Star Teacher. Mr. Jobson speaks enthusiastically of Cadet Jin's hard work, positive attitude, and excellent achievements.

Congratulations to the Riverside Military Academy STAR Student and Teacher!

Kudzu "Best of 2012" awarded to Riverside Military Academy
2/1/2013

Riverside Military Academy, located in Gainesville, GA, has been awarded “Best of 2012” in the Georgia Private Schools & Religious Schools category on Kudzu, the leading source of local business information and consumer reviews. Over 5 million businesses competed across 30 categories, and winners were awarded based on the highest number of votes received on Kudzu.com.

“Consumers value companies who appreciate their business and provide superior service. We wanted to create an open forum where the best companies could be recognized by Kudzu users,” said Fran Wills, General Manager of Kudzu.

Riverside Military Academy has remained one of the nation’s best military, college preparatory schools in the nation for over 105 years. Riverside has a Corps of Cadets consisting of over 450 students in grades 7-12 from 25 states and 22 countries. The Academy’s distinctive and positive educational environment motivates and challenges young men to reach their true potential.

“Riverside is proud to be voted a ‘Best of 2012’ company in the Private Schools & Religious Schools category of Kudzu.com. We are thrilled that our positive impact on students and their families is being recognized on this level, and we’re grateful to all of our supporters,” said Adriane Seymour, Director of Communications & Public Relations at Riverside Military Academy.

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