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Miss America Will Make Her First Public Address To RMA Corps Of Cadets

Cara Mund, Miss America 2018, will be making her first public address to the Riverside Military Academy community on Tuesday, 3 October 2017, at 10:45 am, in the Cervantes Theater on campus.  Miss Mund was crowned Miss America on September 10, 2017 during the annual competition in Atlantic City. 

Miss Mund, 23, is an Ivy League Honors Graduate from Brown University headed to law school.  At age 14, she founded North Dakota’s Annual Make-A-Wish Fashion Show. For 10 years she has brightened 23 Wish Kids’ lives, became a “Certified Wish Granter,” and raised over $78,500 for Make-A-Wish. In 2011, President Barack Obama recognized Miss Mund’s charitable efforts. Miss Mund is a national dance champion and trained four summers with the Radio City Rockettes. 

Miss Mund’s recent work in the United States Senate and her passion for helping others ignited her own wish — to become the first Miss America from North Dakota.  During her visit to Riverside Military Academy, she will bring the perspective of a young adult, thrust into national prominence in an iconic role, and will discuss the importance of character and integrity in fulfilling her duties.  Riverside Military Academy will be live streaming this event on our Facebook page.  

A full listing of Distinguished Speakers for academic year 17-18 can be found on the Riverside web site.


C/LTC Runyi Wang Named Battalion Commander

At the Chain of Command Ceremony held on August 16, C/LTC Runyi Wang was named Battalion Commander for the 2017-18 Riverside Military Academy Corps of Cadets.  Cadet Wang enters his sixth year here at RMA.  During the years, he has won numbers awards including the prestigious Jerry B. Blackstock Scholarship.  He is an active member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Honor Council, and the Horton Society.  He is also a member of the Crew team.  Wang is the son of Zhaojun Wang and Zefei Goa and resides in Morganville, NJ.

Riverside Cadets attend Service Academy Leadership Seminars

Service Academy Leadership Seminars - Attendees from Riverside Military Academy

The following Riverside Military Academy rising seniors have been accepted to leadership seminars at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), the U.S. Military Academy (USMA), and the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA):

David Brizzi: USCGA Academy Introduction Mission (AIM)

Garret Dalley: USNA Summer Seminar (NASS)

Ayaz Mustafa: USMA (Summer Leadership Experience) SLE and USNA NASS

Richard Vanscoter: USMA SLE

We congratulate these young men on their acceptances to highly competitive Service Academy summer leadership programs!

- USCGA AIM tests and inspires high school students over six non-stop days, immersing them in Academy tradition and cadet life. Attendees participate in the AIM Robotics on the Water (AROW) Competition alongside cadet cadre, engineering faculty, and engineering mentors to design, build, and test a waterborne robotic device able to perform Coast Guard missions.

- USMA SLE gives high school students a week to experience life as a West Point cadet. SLE is a fast-paced program of academic classes, military training, physical fitness training and intramural athletics.

- USNA NASS is a fast-paced, six-day experience for high achievers who are rising seniors in high school. NASS teaches about life at the Naval Academy in Annapolis and how academics, athletics, and professional training are equally important to developing our nation's leaders.

Learn about Riverside Military Academy's Service Academy Prep Program.

General George W. Casey Jr. announced as 2017 Commencement Speaker

George W. Casey Jr. is a retired U.S. Army four-star General who last served as the 36th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from April 10, 2007 to April 11, 2011. He previously served as Commanding General, Multi-National Force – Iraq from June 2004 to February 2007 and had been in the Army for his entire adult working life.

General George W. Casey Jr. - Riverside Military Academy Commencement SpeakerGEN Casey grew up on Army posts in the U.S. and Germany and graduated from Boston College High School in Dorchester, Massachusetts. After high school, he earned a Bachelor of Science in international relations from Georgetown University, and later a Master of Arts in international relations from the University of Denver.

GEN Casey was commissioned through the Army ROTC in 1970 following graduation from Georgetown University. He served in the Mechanized Infantry during the command portion of his career. He was Commander of the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division, and the Assistant Division Commander – Maneuver (later Assistant Division Commander – Support) of the 1st Armored Division in Germany. GEN Casey deployed as part of Operation Joint Endeavor to Bosnia-Herzegovina from July 1996 to August 1997. He and the Rear Command Post staff were based in Slavonski Brod, Croatia. He took command of the 1st Armored Division in July 1999.

After relinquishing command of the division in July 2001, GEN Casey served in a senior staff position in the Pentagon as the Director of Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5), the Joint Staff from October 2001 to January 2003. His next position was Director of the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C. from January 2003 to October 2003. Following these assignments, he was nominated and confirmed as the 30th Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, serving in that post until June 2004.

GEN Casey served as the senior Coalition Commander in Iraq from June 2004 to February 2007. His goal was to encourage the Iraqis to take ownership of their problems and responsibility for their own security. For his part as a military commander, he focused on training Iraqi forces, limiting the role of American forces, and transferring the burden for providing security to Iraqi forces. Meanwhile, U.S. diplomats would focus on building and strengthening the Iraqi government and help the Iraqis hold elections.

GEN George W. Casey Jr.In January 2007, President George W. Bush nominated GEN Casey for elevation to Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. The Senate confirmed his nomination on February 8, 2007 with a bipartisan vote of 83–14. On February 10, 2007, he relinquished command in Iraq to General David Petraeus. GEN Casey officially succeeded General Peter Schoomaker as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army on April 10, 2007.

As the 36th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from April 2007 to 2011, GEN Casey led what is arguably the world’s largest and most complex organization – 1.1 million people strong, with a $200+ billion annual budget – during one of the most extraordinary periods in military and global political history. He became Chief of Staff of an Army that was stretched from six years of continuous war.

Currently, GEN Casey serves as the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the United Service Organizations (USO), which operates more than 160 locations around the world.


Riverside Cadets receive China Study Abroad Scholarships

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

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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Become A Sponsor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Cadets awarded Georgia Certificate of Merit

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

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.

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