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Riverside Military Academy SUMMER 2017




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HOMECOMING see page 22

2 016-2017 A N N UAL GI V I N G R E P O RT

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IN THIS ISSUE: Letter from the Academy President . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2


McBride Named Hall County Master Teacher . . . . . 3

Parents’ Weekend and Homecoming Overview . . 22

STAR Student and Teacher Named . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Distinguished Alumni Announced . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Commencement Weekend Overview . . . . . . . . . 4-7

Sports Hall of Fame Members to be Inducted . . . . 24

Chinese Students Pass HSK Certification . . . . . . . . . 8

Homecoming Alumni Registration Activities . . . . 25

Esworthy and Miller Receive Study Abroad Scholarships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Homecoming Parents Registration Activities . . . . 26

Letter From the Academic Dean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Campus Spaces Filled with History . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Cadets Participate in Summer Boys State Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Sandy Beaver Entrepreneurial Leadership Awards Dinner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Cadets Participate in WWI Centennial Tour . . 12-13

2017 Founders’ Day Weekend Overview . . . . . . 0-31

Athletic Accolades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-15 Letter From the Commandant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Letter from the Vice President For Advancement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

RMA Marching Band Leads the Way in Parade . . 17

RMA 2016-17 Annual Giving Report . . . . . . . . 33-39

Cadets and Faculty Doing Great Things . . . . . 18-19

GOAL Donor Recognition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Airsoft Team Claims Glory in Operation Ironhorse 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

New Board of Trustees Announced . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Macbeth Performances Captivate RMA Audiences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21


Letter From the Alumni Council President . . . . . . 27

Class Notes and TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42-43 Cover Photo: RMA cadets were selected to present The Colors and Flag Folding on NBC at the 2017 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR race held at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.



Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends of the Academy: In 1879, General John Schofield addressed the cadets at West Point and defined for them what the true meaning of discipline is: “The discipline which makes the soldiers of a free country reliable in battle is not to be gained by harsh or tyrannical treatment. On the contrary, such treatment is far more likely to destroy than to make an army. It is possible to impart instructions and to give commands in such a manner and in such a tone of voice as to inspire in the soldier no feeling but an intense desire to obey, while the opposite manner and tone of voice cannot fail to excite strong resentment and a desire to disobey. The one mode or other of dealing with subordinates springs from a corresponding spirit in the breast of the commander. He who feels the respect which is due others cannot fail to inspire in them regard for himself; while he who feels, and hence manifests, disrespect toward others, cannot fail to inspire hatred against himself.” Riverside Military Academy is a very disciplined school for young men, by the Schofield approach. The emphasis on cadet leadership development based on firm, fair, and respectful treatment of others gives cadets a tool kit of practices that will work for them throughout their lives. The campus is a large leadership laboratory to hone skills based on core values. The leadership development program, integrated with the academic, physical, and moral/ethical development programs make Riverside unique and distinctive across the landscape of all private secondary schools in America. As we launch a new academic year let us be thankful for the life-changing, positive impact Riverside Military Academy has had on many thousands of graduates. We wish our returning and new cadets all the best in reaping the benefits to mind, body, and spirit that the Riverside experience affords. If you have never visited the Riverside campus, or if a long time has passed since you have, stop by for a look at hundreds of young men stepping off in the right direction in life. You will leave inspired. Sincerely,

William J. Gallagher Colonel, US Army, Retired President

“The campus is a large leadership laboratory to hone skills based on core values.” 2

McBride Recognized as Hall County Master Teacher By Julie A. Smith, Multimedia Manager

Mr. William McBride was one of nine Hall County teachers honored for “Masters in Teaching: Life Changers At Work” in a ceremony held March 21 at Brenau University’s Featherbone Communiversity. A select group of area teachers is recognized each year by a committee of leaders from Gainesville and Hall County schools for their passionate service in education and dedication to their students. The committee defines a “master teacher” as one who has a deep understanding of his/her subject matter, has high expectations for themselves and for their students, and changes students’ lives by inspiring, facilitating, and modeling excellence. Mr. McBride joined the Riverside Military Academy faculty in 2004. He teaches Literature and Composition, British Literature, and Honors level classes. He holds a BA from Georgia Southern University and MEd from the University of Georgia. He serves as faculty advisor for Riverside’s Honor Council. Each year, the Corps of Cadets elects representatives who, along with a chairman appointed by the Commandant, comprise the Honor Council. The Honor Council conducts hearings and upholds the Constitution of the Honor System at Riverside. Mr. McBride has been chosen twice as a recipient of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators STAR Teacher award. STAR Teachers are selected by STAR students. We congratulate Mr. McBride on his recognition as a Hall County Master Teacher.

Lee and Barger Nominated as 2016-17 STAR Student/Teacher By Julie A. Smith, Multimedia Manager

C/SSG Kelvin Lee was nominated as a Professional Association of Georgia Educators 2016-17 STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student. C/SSG Lee had the highest SAT and Cumulative GPA of the 2017 senior class at Riverside. He served as a peer tutor, and he was even provided with opportunities to be a teaching assistant during select classes. C/SSG Lee selected Dr. Brenda Barger as his STAR


Teacher. C/SGT Lee chose Dr. Barger for her instrumental role in his academic development. She teaches American Literature and Advanced Placement Literature, and Honors classes at Riverside. She also serves as co-advisor of Riverside’s Bayonet yearbook staff. Dr. Barger is a favorite among her cadets who appreciate her dynamic teaching style, her passion for literature, and her dedication to student success. Dr. Barger was also selected as the 2014-15 STAR Teacher by alumnus Cuong Nguyen, ’15. In order to obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on any single test date of the three-part SAT taken through November of their senior year. They must also be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average. The nominees' SAT scores must be equal to or higher than the latest available national average on the critical reading, math, and writing sections. C/SSG Lee is currently studying Economics at the University of Georgia.


Congratulations CLASS OF

GEN GEORGE W. CASEY JR. DELIVERS 2017 COMMENCEMENT SPEECH Commencement day dawned gray, but the class of 2017 received bright words of advice from GEN George W. Casey Jr. A retired U.S. Army four-star General, Casey last served as the 36th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from April 2007 to April 2011. He previously served as Commanding General, Multi-National Force – Iraq from June 2004 to February 2007 and had been in the Army his entire adult working life. GEN Casey currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the United Service Organizations (USO), which operates more than 160 locations around the world. GEN Casey served as the senior Coalition Commander in Iraq from June 2004 to February 2007. In January 2007, President George W. Bush nominated GEN Casey to Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, a position he assumed in April, 2007. As the 36th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, 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. 4

Salutatorian The class of 2017 Salutatorian arrived at Riverside as a 7th grader. During the years, he consistently challenged himself with a rigorous course load to include AP Courses in English, Language, English Literature, Biology, Physics, Calculus and Psychology. He was a member of multiple varsity athletic teams and has captained our National Championship Raider team. This summer, he will join talented young men and women (including his older brother Tucker, ’15) from around the nation at the United States’ Military Academy at West Point. With a cumulative GPA of 4.22, this year’s Salutatorian was the Battalion Commander, C/LTC Ivan Pearson. Ivan is the son of Betsy and Russ Pearson from South Haven, MN.

Valedictorian The valedictorian stands at the top of the academic hill. With a keen intellect and relentless work ethic, C/MAJ Wiley Burns embodies academic excellence. In his five years at Riverside, he earned an overall grade point average of 4.25. He has taken a challenging course load that included AP English, English Language and Literature, AP Physics I and II, AP Calculus and more. He represented the Academy on various athletic teams including his role as Captain of the varsity basketball team. He has won three National Championships with our Raider team and was Chair of the Academy’s Honor Council. This summer he will join outstanding young men and women at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Wiley is the son of Kathryn and Steven Burns from Mountain Brook, AL.



Seniors Receive Appointments to U.S. Service Academies

Georgia Military Scholarship

Adriane K. Seymour, Director of Communications

C/LTC Ivan Pearson

C/CPT Wiley Burns

C/MAJ Derek Ferguson

Each year, the State of U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, and Georgia annually rank the United States Federal Service Academies awards 42 as some of the most selective colleges and universities. outstanding high school seniors the Georgia The admissions process to the 5 Service Academies is an Military Scholarship.These are merit-based extensive, challenging, and highly competitive process. scholarships for which recipients compete The class of 2017 added three more cadets to these based on their academic preparation for prestigious Academies and now has a total of 9 alumni college, leadership, participation in extracurrently attending one of these Academies this fall. curricular activities and desire to serve in Riverside alumnus MAJ Charles H. Cook, ’74 and the Georgia Army National Guard. West Point Admissions representative presented these three graduates their appointments signed by the United Recipients agree to attend the University of North Georgia (The Military States President: College of Georgia), participate in the C/LTC Ivan Pearson accepted an appointment prestigious Corps of Cadets, enlist in the to the United States Military Academy - West Point. Georgia Army National Guard, and pursue Pearson joins fellow Riverside alumni Jacob Deem, ’14; their bachelors’ degrees, graduate, and comJohn Mark MacFarlane, ’14; Tucker Pearson, ’15, and mission as lieutenants in the Georgia Army Watson Thomas, ‘16. C/CPT Wiley Burns received an appointment to the National Guard. The Georgia Military U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD and will also be a Scholarship is a full four-year scholarship member of the Naval Academy’s Crew team. Last but not that pays for tuition, fees, uniforms, room, board, and books. We congratulate least, C/MAJ Derek Ferguson accepted an appointment C/CPT Adam Stump on this prestigious to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and signed a scholarship. Adam is the son of John and Letter of Intent to play Lacrosse for the USMMA. Kerri Stump from Sautee-Nacoochee, GA.

Graduates with Army ROTC Scholarships RMA congratulates Class of 2017 graduates Joshua Brzusek (University of North Georgia), Carlos Carrillo (Wake Forest University), Thomas Mims (Auburn University), and Jack Zappendorf (The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina) as recipients of Army ROTC Scholarships, which are merit-based, four-year college scholarships. (Thomas Mims has been granted additional funding toward completion of a master's degree.) The scholarship can be applied toward tuition and fees or room and board. In addition to each scholarship, a student receives a $1,200 annual book allowance and up to $6,000 per year for subsistence. In order to receive an Army ROTC Scholarship, a student must meet or exceed the minimal standards in each of the following areas: grades, physical fitness, height and weight standards, commitment, and potential to become an officer upon completing his degree. Recipients of the scholarship must be willing to serve in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, or U.S. Army National Guard as an officer upon completing their degrees.


Joshua Brzusek

Carlos Carillo

Thomas Mims

Jack Zappendorf

2016-17 College Acceptances Anderson University Appalachian State University* Auburn University* Austin Peay State University Belmont University Boston University Coastal Carolina* College of Charleston* Colorado State University* Columbia College* DePaul University Drexel University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University* Fisher College Florida Atlantic University Florida State University Fordham University Furman University* Georgia College and State University Georgia Southern University* Georgia State University* Guilford College Hampton University Hofstra University Howard University* Hult International Business School Johnson and Wales University Kennesaw State University* Louisiana State University* Lynn University* Maine Maritime Academy Manhattan College Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Mercer University* Miami Dade College Michigan State University Middle Georgia State University Middle Tennessee State University Mississippi State University* Montana State University Morehouse College Murray State University North Carolina State University* North Greenville University Northern Arizona University Pace University Penn State University* Purdue University Reinhardt University* Rutger’s University Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah State University Seattle University St. John’s University* Stetson University SUNY Albany Syracuse University Temple University Texas A & M at College Station* Texas A&M at Galveston* The Citadel* Troy University Tulane University* University of Alabama* University of Arizona University at Buffalo: SUNY University of California at Santa Barbara

University of California at Davis* University of California at Irvine* University of California-Santa Cruz University of Central Florida University of Connecticut University of Denver University of Georgia* University of Illinois, Urbana Champagne University of Kentucky University of Louisiana at Lafayette University of Louisville University of Mississippi* University of North Georgia* University of North Carolina at Charlotte University of North Carolina at Wilmington University of North Florida* University of South Carolina University of Tennessee at Knoxville University of Texas at Austin University of Washington* University of West Florida United States Air Force Academy United States Marine Corps United States Merchant Marine Academy United States Military Academy- West Point* United States Naval Academy Valdosta State University* Virginia Military Institute* Wagner College Wentworth Institute of Technology Western Carolina University* Wheelock College Wingate University Wofford College Xavier University

*Denotes multiple acceptances. Congratulations to the Class of 2017 who earned over $6.7 million in non-HOPE collegitate scholarship dollars.



Chinese Language Students Pass All HSK Certification Levels By Julie A. Smith, Multimedia Manager

Riverside Military Academy's Chinese (Mandarin) students reached another milestone during the 2016-17 school year as they passed their HSK certification at all levels. Students are required to take the HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) test, an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency, at the conclusion of each course. HSK assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. It is recognized in universities and business around the world. Students who complete the program and pass the HSK have a documented professional and academic credential.


The following HSK highlights recognize exceptional individual achievement: • Coen Campbell (rising freshman) received the highest grade in HSK 1 as well as among all levels. • Ruben Barahona (rising freshman) and Jon Laymon (rising sophomore) each passed HSK 1 and HSK 2. • Jonah Esworthy (rising senior) and Adam Stumpf (Class of 2017) both passed HSK 3. Riverside’s Chinese program is designed to help students improve listening and speaking in a second language environment with 95% of the classroom language taught in Chinese. Cadets are also taught traditional paper-cutting, Chinese calligraphy, and other cultural items. We congratulate our Chinese language program cadets and their teacher, Ms. Sandra Lin, on this outstanding accomplishment.

Esworthy and Miller Receive China Study Abroad Scholarships By Julie A. Smith, Multimedia Manager

Rising seniors Jonah Esworthy and Mark Miller were awarded National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarships by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The selection of two Riverside cadets to study abroad through this esteemed program is particularly noteworthy as approximately 20 students nationwide received the merit-based scholarship to study abroad in China. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, NSLI-Y is part of a government initiative to improve the ability of American citizens to communicate in select critical languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, and Turkish. Goals of the initiative include the advancement of international dialogue, enhancement of cross-cultural understanding, and increased U.S. economic global competitiveness. C/CPL Esworthy, who just completed his third year of Mandarin, will spend six weeks in Xiamen. C/SFC Miller, who just completed his first year of Mandarin, Cadets Esworthy, Miller and their teacher Miss Sandra Lin participated in will spend six weeks in Chengdu. Each student will earn Russell Brown’s afternoon radio show. a minimum of 120 language class hours during the trip. 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. All participants must complete post-program language tests administered by Beijing University. “Cadet Miller’s passion and work ethic for Chinese language and culture are fascinating,” said Ms. Sandra Lin, Riverside’s Chinese language teacher. “He is interested in Chinese history and believes that Chinese language is crucial for his college and career path.” “Cadet Esworthy could eventually contribute his knowledge to the communications sector of the U.S. Military. He already knows the Hebrew language, which endorses his ability of language acquisition,” said Ms. Lin. NEW RUSSIAN LANGUAGE COURSE Cadets Esworthy and Miller, along with Ms. Lin, were INTRODUCED AT RIVERSIDE interviewed about the NSLI-Y trip on AccessWDUN’s Riverside Military Academy is adding Russian I to the Afternoon News Wrap with Russell Brown. They have also Fall 2017 foreign language course offerings. been featured in several online and print newspaper articles. Russian I students will be taught the basics of the “I believe that the NSLI-Y program will take Cadets Russian language, focusing on common phrases used in Esworthy and Miller to the next level in language everyday life and greetings, as well as how to read, write, acquisition, communication skills, and cultural awareness,” and type in Cyrillic characters. stated Ms. Lin. Students will have an introduction to Russian culture Riverside’s Chinese courses are designed to give cadets and history while developing an overview of how to a foundation in Chinese (Mandarin) language, history, communicate and interact effectively with Russian people. and culture while earning foreign language credits. Our "Russian: Face to Face" will be the foundation of this students also have the advantage of a unique international course. All cadets interested in this opportunity should see environment on campus, combining classroom study with MSgt. Dennis Bagwell for more information. the opportunity to room with and befriend native speakers of the Chinese language.



A Message to Parents from the Dean of Academic Affairs: Occasionally I wear busyness as a badge of honor. It’s not conducive to personal or organizational growth to project the image that you’re working harder than others, or conversely, to think you’re not working hard enough. But hard work is demanded of us by our cadets, and we must all be ready get our faces ‘marred by dust, sweat, and blood’. (Well, perhaps not the blood.) This summer we’re preparing for new initiatives that will hit the ground when the boys return. This involves a great deal of work that has included representatives from every stakeholder group. We know we’re not going to be perfect, but we’re not prepared to hide it. As Brandeis said, ‘Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.’ The more we hear from you, wrangle with your questions, and consider your input, the better we’ll be. Here is a short list of initiatives for the 2017-18 school year:

“This summer we’re preparing for new initiatives that will hit the ground when the boys return.This involves a great deal of work that has included representatives from every stakeholder group.”

• 1:1 laptop initiative with an emphasis on digital citizenship and effective integration of technology to support student learning outcomes. • New courses will include Russian, Advanced Placement Computer Science, Advanced Placement Human Geography, and Advanced Mathematical Decision Making. • Pilot program to explore the meaning of masculinity in contemporary American society, including the skills and competencies young men need to prepare for success in life beyond education. • Dual enrollment program to allow cadets to experience a college course before they leave Riverside. • Strengthening of our faculty professional development program. • Building a purposeful student travel experience to bolster co-curricular education. • Addition of a new counselor to allow our Director of College Counselling more one on one time with students • Apple Mac media production studio to engage students with creative skills in digital media arts. I think we can agree it’s going to be an exciting year. Exhaustion aside, let’s work together toward that end. I encourage the class of 2018 to make this their best year yet. It is up to each of you to leave your uniform better than you found it, and it is up to you collectively to leave the school a better place for all. Respectfully,

Jamie P. Green Dean of Academic Affairs 10

Riverside Cadets Join Georgia & Florida Boys State Programs By Julie A. Smith, Multimedia Manager

Riverside Military Academy hosted the 2017 Department of Georgia Boys State program June 18-24. This marked the fourth consecutive year the program’s summer session has been hosted on Riverside’s campus. Boys State, founded by the American Legion in 1935, is a comprehensive week-long leadership action course in state and local government for qualified rising seniors. The program is designed to cultivate a working knowledge of the structure of government and to impress upon the citizen that our government is what we make it. Participants are instructed on political history, the law and court system, and parliamentary procedure. Delegates learn the political process by organizing a mythical 51st state in which peer-elected representatives manage the city, county, and state government. Sixteen cities, four counties, and two political parties comprise the political structure.

The Georgia Boys State session includes a visitation day with college representatives. RMA rising seniors who participated in the 2017 Georgia Boys State program are Anthony Corcoran, Garrett Dalley, Armand Johnson, Timothy Leurart, Ayaz Mustafa, and Richard Vanscoter. They joined around 400 other students from Georgia for this year’s program. Cadets David Brizzi and Parker Harllee attended the 2017 Boys State program in Florida. We congratulate all of our Boys State participants on their selection to this esteemed program. A number of Boys State graduates from across the U.S. have been elected to public office. Visit to learn more about Georgia Boys State or for the Florida Boys State program.

C/1SG Anthony Corcoran

C/SFC David Brizzi

S/SSG Garrett Dalley

C/2LT Parker Harllee

C/SFC Armand Johnson

C/CPL Timothy Leurart

C/1SG Ayaz Mustafa

C/1SG Richard Vanscoter




If rarity is the watchword of value then a truly singular event has the ultimate capacity to change a life – it becomes an experience to which all others will be, hereafter, compared. Our Cadets had the opportunity to lay wreaths not only before the tens of thousands of graveless fallen remembered at The Menin Gate (Ypres, Belgium) but also our own Brother in Blue, US Army Private Harrell lost at sea and memorialized at Suresnes American Military Cemetery (Paris, France) were two such moments. We experienced the tourist thrill of European capitals and cafes, made meme-worthy friends of our travel guide and our bus driver, and ate a snail or two. But the moments that will linger when the Parisian lights have faded is the memory of those who have dedicated their lives to the idea that a memorial is made more of action than of cold, cut stone – and in that idea, they have played their role. It was ten remarkable days – too much to describe in this short space. Our journey’s impressions were recorded at




ATHLETIC AIR RIFLE Samuel Britton (right) signed a Letter of Intent in November to join the rifle team of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, located in Charleston. Britton will shoot for the Citadel Bulldogs Rifle Team, a member of NCAA Division I athletics.


BASEBALL James Basham (left) was selected to the Region 8A All-Region First Team for Baseball. He was the only local player named to the First Team this year. BASKETBALL Darrell White, (below, center) a Day Cadet, was selected to the Region 8A All-Region Second Team for Basketball.

FOOTBALL In April, Lyle Lopez (right) signed a Letter of Intent to play football for Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mount St. Joseph Football is NCAA Division III, the largest NCAA division both in number of participants and number of schools.

LACROSSE Derek Ferguson and Jensen Hess shared a Lacrosse Signing Day in May. Ferguson has agreed to play Lacrosse for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Mariners at Kings Point, NY. Hess will play Lacrosse for the Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) Panthers in Birmingham, AL. Both schools are NCAA Division III. Riverside Lacrosse earned an 11-4 record for the season, which is the best record in the history of our Lacrosse program.


GOLF Our Golf Eagles (above) earned 4th place in the Hall County Invitational and 4th in GHSA Region 8A.

Maxwell Garcia (left) was named a 2017 Brine National High School Lacrosse All-American and was selected to represent the State of Florida at the National Lacrosse Classic held in July in Richmond,VA. The National Lacrosse Classic provides Lacrosse athletes with a competitive process to benchmark their skills and athleticism, qualify for selection to represent their State in a national tournament, and gain recognition by competing in front of NCAA Lacrosse coaches from every division.

SOCCER Our Soccer Eagles (above) worked hard and earned a spot in Round 1 of the GHSA State Playoffs.

SWIMMING Riverside’s Swim Team (above) won the Hall County Championship for the 3rd consecutive year. Daniel Bennett-Blake, James Brubeck, Carlos Carrillo, Garrett Dalley, Landon Kistler, and Ryan Little all qualified to compete in the GHSA State Championship.


TENNIS Riverside Tennis (right) earned a spot competing in Round 1 of the GHSA Region 8A Tournament.

TRACK & FIELD Riverside Track and Field (above) earned 1st place in GHSA Region 8A and qualified for the GHSA State Championship during Sectionals. In the State Championship, Charles Dimnwaobi set personal records in the 100 and 200 Meter Dash (10.86 s, 21.89 s), taking 3rd Place in both events. Isaac Teasly and Demi Lasisi scored in the 400 Meter Dash (51.45 s, 4th, Teasly PR) and (52.20 s, 7th). Our 4x400 Meter Relay Team (Demaldi Lasisi, Antonio Copeland, Charles Dimnwaobi, Isaac Teasly, Darrell White, Ryan Little) took 2nd Place with a season best time of 3:24.61 min. James Bruebeck brought home bronze in the Pole Vault, easily clearing 12' 6". Jareus Bong finished 7th in the High Jump (5'10"). WRESTLING Our Riverside Wrestlers performed well during the 2017 GHSA Traditional State Championships in Macon, GA. Anthony Corcoran at 182, Morales Marrufo at 285, Michael Kastritis at 132, and Shinkwang Moon at 145 had qualified in their weight classes. Following three days of grueling competition, Team Captain Anthony Corcoran placed 4th in the 182 lb. weight class.


Letter From the Commandant Dear Riverside Alumni, Cadets and Parents: Riverside Military Academy provides unique opportunities for adolescent boys, beyond what is experienced through traditional schools. At RMA, they are challenged beyond academic curriculum and traditional varsity athletics and are instead driven to develop the whole person. Riverside prides itself on an environment that integrates every employee/staff/faculty member into the process of cadet leadership development as the scope of leadership development extends beyond the Corps of Cadets into the classroom, athletics, co-curricular activities, as well as activities and events external to the Academy. This summer I have taken on the task to document the Riverside Leadership Develop Program utilized to teach and develop leaders within the Corps. This is not something I developed, nor a new program to Riverside, but I am only attempting to capture and document the system, opportunities and environment the military model provides. The military model provides immersion in leadership development opportunities which stretch one beyond their normal comfort zone, enhancing attributes, skills and abilities at each progressing level of leadership. Upon becoming a cadet, they are surrounded by examples and opportunities to personally grow and develop as a leader, as well as pursue leadership roles and the development of others. First, cadets are taught good followership as a member of a team. Individuals are then allowed the opportunity to lead a team and progress to levels of greater responsibility. Cadets are encouraged to pursue and compete for leadership roles and positions within the Corps of Cadets. Through participation in leadership development opportunities, each cadet’s strengths are identified, challenged, and enhanced. I am looking forward to witnessing this growth during this year’s Leadership Camp, taking place on August 11-17. This week presents a unique opportunity for the staff to help evaluate and develop each cadet’s leadership qualities and to positively impact the start of the 2017-2018 school year. We will announce key cadet leadership selections during the first full academic week. For the Corps,

LTC(R) James G. Spivey Commandant of Cadets


RMA MARCHING BAND LEADS THE WAY IN PARADES CWO2 Steve Giove and Mr. Mike Rossi had a great first year with the RMA Band. The Cadets received musical training from several Marines from the Parris Island Marine Band, the Parris Island Jazz Ensemble, and a soldier musician from the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force Band in Tokyo. What a fantastic learning experience which help us prepare for a few key events. The RMA Band, for the first time, performed the ceremonial “Slow-March”. We kept it a surprise and when flawlessly executed at an RMA parade, the crowd went wild with cheers. It was definitely a great feeling for the Cadets. The three big events were the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Atlanta, for 80,000 people, a concert at the World War II Museum, and two Mardi Gras Parades in New Orleans, Louisiana, six miles each, for just over one million people. The audience members were complimenting us on our musical taste and obvious discipline. We met several alumni along the route, and one person thought we were so impressive he looked us up on our website. Now he’s sending his son to RMA. We look forward to next year!! REVEILLE I SUMMER 2017




Congratulations to C/SGT Adam Jobson, who was selected to AllState Orchestra for the fourth consecutive year. Jobson, who plays violin, sat third chair in the 9th/10th grade String Orchestra, which performed in Athens, GA. Additionally, after 10 consecutive ‘superior’ ratings for Strings Junior Festival, C/SGT Jobson was selected as the scholarship winner in this year’s district competition.


Rossi Named Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction

Mr. Michael Rossi, RMA Assistant Band Director, was recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS.) A role model to pupils, Rossi was nominated by a cadet, for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the profession. Each year student members of NSHSS are invited to nominate the educator who has made the most significant contribution to their academic career for the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction award. Cadets Graduate from Brenau 2016-2017 Medical Scholars Program

RMA juniors C/SFC Matthew Adams, C/SSG Kiet Le, C/1SG Ayaz Mustafa, and C/1SG Runyi Wang graduated from Brenau University’s 2016-17 Medical Scholars Program. A limited number of students with an interest in the healthcare field were nominated and selected from local high schools. The program gives high school students an up-close view into the world of medical training. 18


Riverside Military Academy C/CPL Jonah Esworthy got to experience Israel in a way that tourists never do. During June, Esworthy participated in Volunteers For Israel (VFI), working alongside Israeli soldiers and volunteers from over 60 countries around the world. VFI volunteers perform non-combat civilian support duties such as packing medical supplies. They also have opportunities to enjoy cultural programs and tours. Learn more about VFI at

Jobson Selected to All-State Orchestra





Esworthy Participates in Volunteers For Israel


Color Guard Serves Community Organizations

The RMA Color Guard accrued 560 community service hours from 36 different events during the 2016-17 school year, including the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. Sailing Club Competes in Sailing Festival

Riverside’s Sailing Club members competed in the 2017 USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival hosted by Atlanta Yacht Club. Congratulations to C/SGT Will Fox and C/PVT Kirby Smith who took 3rd Place, C/SSG Sam Buchanan and C/SGT Yuri Zarus who earned 4th Place, and C/CPL David Licciardi who placed 5th in his first regatta. Hutch Coaches in Baseball Classic

Riverside’s Head Baseball Coach Mike Hutch was selected to coach the East Squad for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes East/West Baseball Classic on June 1. Riverside class of 2017 graduates James Basham (Catcher) and

Lyle Lopez (Outfielder/1st Baseman) were selected for the East Squad. This all-star event showcases some of the top high school senior baseball players in the area.

C/SFC Matt Adams

C/SFC David Brizzi

C/SSG Garrett Dailey

C/SFC Armand Johnson

C/CSM Runyi Wang

C/SSG Christian Welsh

Cadets Chosen To Youth Leadership Hall County

Presented by the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce,Youth Leadership Hall County brings together a diverse group of high school seniors from public and private schools in Hall County, GA each month to inform, motivate, and increase their awareness through interaction with community leaders and a variety of industries. Congratulations to these rising seniors who were selected for the 2017-18 program: C/SFC Matt Adams, C/SFC David Brizzi, C/SSG Garrett Dalley, C/SFC Armand Johnson, C/CSM Runyi Wang, and C/SSG Christian Welsh. We also wish to congratulate Mr. Jamie P. Green, Dean of Academics, who was selected to represent RMA in the adult program of Leadership Hall County. Service Academy Leadership Seminars Select RMA Cadets

Every U.S. Service Academy summer leadership seminar has a selective applicant process. Any cadet aspiring to a Service Academy nomination and acceptance during his senior year of high school would benefit from participation in these programs. Riverside Military Academy is proud to count several cadets among these acceptances each year. REVEILLE I SUMMER 2017

Riverside Cadets were accepted to the following summer leadership programs: David Brizzi: USCGA Academy Introduction Mission (AIM); Garret Dalley: USNA Summer Seminar (NASS); Ayaz Mustafa: USMA SLE (Summer Leadership Experience) and USNA NASS; Richard Vanscoter: USMA SLE. 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 C/SFC David Brizzi mentors to design, build, and test a waterborne robotic device able to perform Coast Guard missions. USMA SLE gives high school juniors 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 C/SSG athletics. Part one of the application Garrett Dalley process consists of a “Candidate Questionnaire” (it’s also the first part of the USMA application process). Part two is the SLE application. USNA NASS is a fast-paced, six-day experience for rising seniors that teaches about Naval Academy life and the equal C/1ST importance of academics, athletics, and Ayaz Mustafa professional training in developing our nation’s leaders. Applicant selection is based on academic performance; demonstrated achievement in leadership, athletics, and extracurricular activities; physical fitness; self-discipline; and good moral character. Workshop topics include information technology, language studies, C/1SG mechanical engineering, oceanography, Richard Vanscoter and aerospace flight testing. We congratulate each of these Riverside Cadets on their acceptances to the prestigious Service Academy summer leadership programs. 19

RMA Airsoft claims Victory in Operation Ironhorse 2 By Julie A. Smith, Multimedia Manager

From February 18-19, RMA's Airsoft Team competed in Operation Ironhorse 2, a 500+ person military simulation (milsim) airsoft competition. This massive tactical operation was held in an urban combat environment at a 75 acre military and first responder training town, the Guardian Center, located in Perry, GA. Following two days of heavy combat, our team was victorious as part of team Coalition of Sovereign Territories (CoST) against the United Federal States. Class of 2016 alumnus Geoffrey Winslow rejoined our team for the battle. CoST Team Commander Frank Gagner wrote the following about our team, "In short, I am extremely proud of the cadets and their leadership this weekend as well as past events. I know how difficult it can be to organize a group of individuals to achieve positive outcomes and I applaud you (Andrew Pedry) and the others in charge. The cadets worked hard from beginning to end, which is more than many of our older and seasoned players.” Commander Gagner added, “RMA made up the backbone of Wiskey Platoon, and they never wavered in their tasks. As the commanding officer of the Coalition of Sovereign States (CoST) forces, I will state that RMA served with distinction, and I was honored by their service to our cause. It was truly a pleasure once again having you fine folks on our side. I am looking forward to the next time we meet and work together!" Our team was also triumphant as part of team CoST during Operation Faded Giant 5 held in November. Riverside’s Airsoft Team gains momentum each school year as our cadets continue to refine their strategy and skills on the milsim battlefield.

“RMA made up the backbone of Wiskey Platoon, and they never wavered in their tasks.” —F  rank Gagner, CoST Team Commander


Macbeth Performances Captivate Riverside Audiences By Julie A. Smith, Multimedia Manager

In March, Riverside Military Academy Fine Arts presented enthralling performances of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth in the Academy’s Cervantes Theatre. Directed by drama teacher Mike Smith, Macbeth is Shakespeare’s epic tale charting the rise and fall of a warrior, Macbeth, consumed by ambition and incited to action by his wife, Lady Macbeth. The setting is Scotland, and the actionpacked scenes include a trio of witches, military battles, prophecies, betrayal, murder, and revenge. All performances were open to the public with free admission. Cast members spent many weeks choreographing sword fight scenes. Art teachers Kelly Beavers and Mitch Freeman assisted the crew with beautiful hand-painted artwork for the shields. Many friends, family, and community members also contributed REVEILLE I SUMMER 2017

to the play’s success by providing props, costumes, and additional support to the cast and crew. Congratulations to the cast and crew on bringing this exciting drama to life on stage for all to enjoy at Riverside Military Academy. CAST Macbeth: Brandon Oliveira King Duncan: Ivan Pearson Macduff: Demarko Hooper Banquo/Old Siward: Mitchell Rodriguez Malcolm: Adam Stumpf Lennox: James Hart Ross: Drake Roberts Donalbain/Young Siward: Derek Roach Angus: Lawrence Primus Murderer 1/Seyton/Porter: Phillip Middleton Murderer 2: Paul Mccranie Murderer 3/Macdonalwald/Doctor: Andrew Pedry

Caithness/Old Man: Sawyer Sarratt Menteith: James Blane Fleance: Dale Haase Macduff’s Son: Bakari Emeri Soldiers/Nobles/Servants: Kevin McKeller, Alex Hancock, Kirby Smith Lady Macbeth: Mary Abbott Lady Macduff: Marissa Brown Witches/Noblewoman: Jennifer Smith, Kelly Beavers, Stephanie Patten CREW Director: Mr. Mike Smith Stage Manager: Avery Prudent Backstage/Crew: Nick Treece, Ryan Lewis Sound: Ian Cooley Lights: Sam Buchanan Costumes: Marilynn Smith, Rachel Pedry Shield Design: Mitch Freeman, Kelly Beavers Set Construction: RMA Drama students



Parents’ Weekend/Homecoming Be a Parents’ Weekend/ Homecoming Sponsor Sponsors help underwrite the cost of Casino Night and other events, plus provide support toward scholarships. Interested? Call 770.532.6251 ext. 2212. Platinum - $1000 - Sponsorship Signage - Website Listing - $500 in Casino Money - 2 Tickets to Casino Night Gold - $500 - Sponsorship Signage - Website Listing - $500 in Casino Money Silver - $100 - Sponsorship Signage - Website Listing Bronze - $50 - Website Listing

October 20-21 will be packed with activities for parents, cadets, and alumni. Parents have the opportunity to meet teachers on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, and alumni have ample time for fun and reminiscing. New and expanded events for the weekend include: • The RMA Rifle Classic, a marksmanship contest for alumni, parents and guests, has been expanded with more times to compete in an easier format (see below). • Casino Night on Saturday is fun for everyone and this year the auction – Riverside’s Trips and Travel Auction – will be conducted online (see below). • The newly created RMA Business Council will have its first networking event Saturday afternoon for all interested alumni. • Alumni classes ending in 2 or 7 have reunions this year. Meet your classmates here! Donate, Promote, and Participate in Riverside’s Homecoming Auction Casino Night, Saturday, October 21, includes a silent and live auction open to all alumni and parents who attend the event. Funds raised by the auction support cadet as well as alumni activities. Donated items are currently being solicited. Desired auction items include: trips to beach homes, fishing trips, art work, wine, winery tours, jewelry, tickets to sporting events and concerts. Because Riverside Military Academy is a 501c3 tax exempt organization your donation of an auction item or your purchase of an item may have beneficial tax consequences. Casino Night will be at the Gainesville Civic Center two miles from campus. Dinner, bar, and faux gambling are included in the $60 ticket price. For more information on how to donate to the auction, please call the Advancement Office at 770-538-2924.

RMA Rifle Classic: Competition Heats Up Parents’ Weekend/Homecoming

Parents, alumni and guests are invited to fire away in the RMA Rifle Classic during Homecoming/Parents’ Weekend. Experience is not required. Inspired by riflemen of old, winners will earn the titles of Gold – Lucas McCain, The Rifleman, Silver – Matthew Quigley, Quigley Down Under, and Bronze – Lin McAdam, Winchester 73. Created by 1SG T. H. Walker, JROTC Military Department and RMA rifle coach, the competition will be in the G.C. Fisher Rifle Marksmanship Center in Curtis Hall, and proceeds benefit the rifle team. The course of fire is the precision air rifle; Anschutz and Walther, .177 pellets. This year competitors fire up to 20 shots, with every fourth shot being the elimination round for the lowest score. Firing is from the prone position only. The entry fee is $20 per person. A maximum of 10 shooters will compete in each of the three relays. Winners from each relay will compete in the final round Saturday afternoon. Relay times are Friday 12-1 p.m., 1-2 p.m. and Saturday 3:30-4:30 and the championship final round is Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Registration is on a first come basis. Alumni and parents can register online for the competition and all weekend events, or registrations will be taken on the day of at the G.C. Fisher Rifle Marksmanship Center in Curtis Hall. For more information, contact 1SG Walker at 770-532-6251, ext. 2125. 22

Seth Wagner, ’56 Distinguished Alumnus Seth Wagner, ’56 will be honored at Homecoming as the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus. He will be recognized along with the Distinguished Young Alumnus at the Corps of Cadets Homecoming Parade Saturday, October 21 at 2 p.m. Seth attended Riverside from 1951-1956 from his home in Long Beach, Long Island, NY and received his scientific diploma in 1956. By his senior year he was active on the gymnastic team, Muscle College, the Fusilier Drill Team, and was a sergeant first class in Delta Company. Seth attended The University of Chicago for two years, served in the U.S. Army, and then attended and graduated from Roosevelt University having studied economics and business. He joined his father-in-law at Creative Plastics Engineering Company for almost 20 years, learning the trade and the amount of hard work and detail that went into every mold. In 1978, expanding on what he had learned, Seth leased a small factory and started working on his own molding projects. By 1980, with only two molding machines and a small tool shop inside a 1,200 square foot factory, Fabrik Industries was born. Seth started out by providing sample molds and fixing small problems for two nearby suppliers. He had little help and many times took his molds home to trim and modify in his living room at night. By 1984 Seth's hard work and business plan began to drive success and Fabrik Molded Plastics grew quickly. In 1992, Fabrik built a new 60,000 square foot facility, and doubled it in size two years later. The plant is located in McHenry, Illinois. Today, Fabrik is a third generation company and is considered a premiere worldwide custom plastic injection and insert molding manufacturer. Seth has said of Riverside that it was the incubator of his formative years. “The Academy was instrumental in implanting the many tools, ideas, habits, and philosophies that spirited me to never bend or waver from my life's course and ultimate destiny,” said Seth. “I remain grateful and appreciative of the Academy's continued nourishment via the strong Alumni Association.” REVEILLE I SUMMER 2017

Seth is a member of the Fusilier Society of cumulative giving, a former member of the RMA Alumni Council, and now serves on the RMA Board of Visitors.

Victor M. Pacheco, ’01 Distinguished Young Alumnus Victor M. Pacheco, ’01 will be honored at Homecoming as the 2017 Distinguished Young Alumnus. He will be recognized along with the Distinguished Alumnus at the Corps of Cadets Homecoming Parade Saturday, October 21 at 2 p.m. Victor attended Riverside for four years from his home in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. His junior year he was a sergeant in Charlie Company, and his senior year he attained the rank of Battalion Executive Officer, was on the yearbook staff, cadet review board, and the soccer team. He was the recipient of the Sandy Beaver Medal of General Excellence and was voted “best leader” by his peers. Today Victor is president and CEO of Dominican Wings, a Dominican carrier based in Santo Domingo. The carrier operates from its hub at Santo Domingo Las Americas Airport. Dominican Wings was a subsidiary of Lithuanian’s Avion Express, but Victor recently purchased the Avion Express share to become the sole stakeholder of the airline. The carrier began service operations in early 2016, using a 180-seat Airbus A320 on its maiden Santo DomingoTrinidad and Tobago service. Victor’s family is known for its leadership and entrepreneurship in the D.R., and Victor is described as a task driven executive who leads by example. His recent roles include vice president for business development and board member of Data Vimenca, executive vice president of Vimenpaq, and director of business for Bank Vimenca.

“The Academy was instrumental in implanting the many tools, ideas, habits, and philosophies that spirited me to never bend or waver from my life’s course and ultimate destiny,” — Seth Wagner, ’56


Two new members will be inducted into the Riverside Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, October 20 at the Homecoming football game at Maginnis Field. Jason Barrett Avery, ’94 (Football, Wrestling, Baseball) A native of Atlanta, Jason entered Riverside in 1990 and was a major part of three RMA athletic teams, football, wrestling and baseball for the next four years. Jason was the leading rusher in football his junior and senior years, winner of over 100 matches in wrestling, Hall County Wrestling Champion, and the leading hitter in baseball. His senior year he was co-captain of all three teams and was voted Most Valuable in all three sports. After Riverside, Jason graduated from the University of North Georgia, then North Georgia College, and later earned an MA from Websters University. He is a LT COL in the United States Army stationed at Ft. Bragg. He and his wife, Heather, have two daughters.

Pedro Jose Perez, ’78 (Cross Country, Wrestling and Track) Pedro, a native of Puerto Rico, entered Riverside in 1975 and joined three varsity sports. Pedro lettered in cross country, wrestling and track for three years, and was captain of all three sports his senior year. He was the Most Improved in wrestling his junior year and co-Most Valuable in wrestling and track his senior year. Pedro was the winner of the Battalion Muscle College Medal his junior and senior years and is still the only Riverside athlete to be chosen by the coaches as the Coaches’ Athlete at the end of his junior and senior years. Pedro and his wife, Ileana, have two grown children and live in New York, NY. Pedro has served in the United States Army, worked for over 15 years in the nonprofit sector, and today runs P&P Freight Services, the largest independent contractor for FedEx in the Bronx.






CLASS OF 1966 AND UP: Law requires you to take an annual distribution from your IRA once you are 70½ or older. But, do you know you have a choice? Instead of taking a distribution of taxable income from your IRA you can instead donate up to $100,000, tax-free, to Riverside Military Academy. It’s a win-win. An alumnus from the class of 1966 called last week to say, “Do you know about this? My CPA told me about it today and I can’t believe this charitable gift option exists. This is great!” It is great, and it’s an option you should discuss with your tax advisor, CPA, or attorney. For more information on how your IRA distribution can benefit Riverside, call Amanda Willis, vice president for advancement, 770-538-2924. 26

Dear Brothers, Parents, and Friends, Riverside continues to excel, and alumni can be proud. This issue of Reveille is filled with news of technology initiatives, new course offerings, dual enrollment, and, of course, a summary of the achievements of the class of 2017. The Riverside Alumni Association welcomed 119 new members last May. The class of 2017 received more than $6,500,000 in total scholarships, not including Georgia Hope scholarships. Riverside is truly making its contribution to future leaders of our country. Riverside’s 2016-2017 athletic program enjoyed a successful year highlighted by a three-peat of our Raiders achieving national champion status, the swim team winning the Hall County Championship for the fifth year in a row, the track team winning the GHSA 8-A championships, and the lacrosse team had its best year yet with an 11-4 record. The 2017-2018 athletic year looks promising with the hiring of Mr. Nicholas Garrett as head football coach. As alumni, you are encouraged to attend as many of these events as possible. Schedules are posted on the RMA website. As alumni, we are literally stakeholders in the future of our Academy. Many of Riverside’s successes are due to the support of alumni who give of their time and resources. Your Year is Your Gift is gaining momentum, pushing alumni donor numbers upward. In the last fiscal year, we hit a new record of alumni donors with 230 participating. This is 4.2% of the 5,500 alumni which the Academy is able to reach via mail, phone or email. We want to see this percentage of participation continue to go up. Congratulations to class presidents Greg Werd, 1956, Joe Burns, 1966, and Richard Bisso, 1985 for encouraging their classmates to support the Academy and the cadet corps. Homecoming 2017 is October 20-21 and just a short time away. The Alumni Council and the Academy are working to make this the best homecoming ever. This is a reunion year for alumni who graduated in years ending in 2 or 7. We’ve filled in the weekend with great events, and ending with a great time at Casino Night. There’s something for everyone. If you haven’t been to one of the two academy weekends in the recent past, you owe it to yourself to be part of a really rewarding time. Make your lodging reservations soon. Most all properties are booked up by the beginning of October. Our message is also this: We want you with us this Homecoming, no matter what.You do not have to donate to attend, and your presence as part of this revered brotherhood is the most important part of what we call Riverside alumni.

The chairman’s coin is given in recognition of philanthropy, loyalty, and honorable deeds in support of RMA.

Respectfully yours,

Ron P. Fenner Jr., ’66 Chairman Alumni Association



RMA Alumni Killed in World War I to Be Remembered

CAMPUS SPACES FILLED WITH HISTORY The next time you are on campus, take note of the historical displays and art work. In the E.C. May Commandant’s Lobby are two display cases of rare World War II artifacts, just a portion of hundreds of items previously housed in the small U.S.Victory Museum in Archer, Florida. The museum owner and collector, Armand Caudron, donated the museum’s contents to RMA in March, 2015. “The bulk of the Victory Museum items are carefully stored, but as space permits, especially in the Commandant’s lobby, we will create additional displays,” said Barney Rothgery, ’55, RMA’s volunteer curator. The Mooney Heritage Center in Lanier Hall will get a facelift this fall in time for Parents’ Weekend/Homecoming. New cabinets will house additional RMA memorabilia, and the current display of Lt. John W. Herb’s 1945 crash artifacts will be expanded. The Herb family has loaned Riverside the items buried with Herb when he crashed in Germany. The pieces of equipment and his uniform deserve a bigger space, which Barney and Vic Disharoon, ’72 have designed. Lt. Herb, a 1940 graduate of RMA, was buried in Germany without discovery for 70 years, and his RMA class ring helped confirm the identity of the remains when discovered in 2014. The class ring is part of the display. The hallways throughout Lanier Hall are filled with military artwork, some valuable signed prints. If you want to know more about Riverside’s archives or learn how you can help preserve them, please contact Barney Rothgery at

April 2017 marked the 100th anniversary of America’s military entrance into World War I, a move that cost the lives of nearly 117,000 American servicemen. In keeping with this anniversary, Riverside will remember three RMA alumni who were killed in action in World War I. A plaque will be unveiled on Memorial Plaza on Saturday morning, October 21, which is Parents’ Weekend/Homecoming. The discovery of the four alumni names took months of combing through Riverside and military records by Margaret Blackstock, Riverside trustee and researcher. “Margaret’s work makes it possible for us to complete the circle of Memorial Plaza. We now have plaques remembering RMA alumni who made the ultimate sacrifice in wars since World War I up through the War on Terror,” said Errol Bisso, director of alumni relations. “Margaret’s research has been thorough and ongoing for a number of years now. We are grateful for her assistance in this recognition.” Three Riverside alumni names will appear on the plaque.


Sandy Beaver Entrepreneurial Leadership Awards Thank you to these Founders and Friends of The RMA Foundation:

FOUNDERS ($25,000 and above) Ruben Barahona, ’89 Ralph & Mary Cleveland Foundation Bernard M. Freeman, ’58 Barbara & R. A. “Rusty” Griffin Jr., ’62 Patrick Higdon, ’57 Jane and Drew Horner, ’78 Linda K. Hurdle Lambert Foundation Inc. Ernest T. Lopez, ’84 Frank L. Maurno, ’60 Kenneth L. McKelvey Abraham A. Mitchell, ’52 Domingo Moreira, ’63 Norton Family Foundation Walter E. Smith Jr, ’58 Felipe Valls, ’50 Jim Walters Management Company

FRIENDS ($2,000 to $24,999) Margaret O. Blackstock William J. McConnell, ’58 Samuel P. Smith Richard L. Valentine Robert T. Willis Jr. REVEILLE I SUMMER 2017

RMA FOUNDATION GROWS AS DOES ANNUAL BANQUET The fourth annual Sandy Beaver Entrepreneurial Leadership Awards were presented at a formal dinner Thursday, August 10 in Alumni Hall. Gainesville leaders, RMA trustees, alumni, and friends attended and honored local businessman, philanthropist, and entrepreneur Thomas N. Bagwell, and the late Loyd F. Strickland, poultry industry executive and community leader. The purpose of the annual awards is to grow The Riverside Military Academy Foundation to $5 million to provide tuition assistance to cadets with demonstrated financial needs. The program and the award are named for Sandy Beaver, Riverside’s president for over 50 years. His vision, passion, and determination to mold boys into men continue today. The award, named in his honor, is given annually to recipients who emulate his legendary qualities. Walter E. Smith Jr., ’58 and a number of donors are the founding members of the Foundation and the program, which will continue to grow with taxdeductible gifts to the RMA Foundation and proceeds from the annual Sandy Beaver Entrepreneurial Leadership Award dinner. For more information about the Foundation, please call Amanda K. Willis, Vice President for Advancement, 770-538-2924.


Founders’ Day Weekend 2017

Founders’ Day Weekend, April 21-22, combined Georgia barbeque with the pageantry of an RMA Corps of Cadets parade and plenty of time for alumni to visit and tell tall tales. A highlight was a video of alumni interviews filmed at Homecoming 2016. The video was shown Saturday morning and the interviews were funny and poignant. Alumni attending Homecoming will have the opportunity to have their memories recorded for posterity. Abe Mitchell, ’52, visited his alma mater to assist in the standing up of India Company, the day cadet company added to the corps during the 2016-17 school year.

From left to right: COL William Gallagher; SgtMaj Jorge Sosa; Mr. Abe Mitchell; Mr. Paul Krebs, and Mr. Ron Fenner.




Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends of the Academy, The spiritual “Down by the Riverside” was sung before the Civil War, and its symbolic wording has made it a frequent anti-war protest song. Given its history, it seems an unlikely choice for a memorial service, unless you are Don Misner, RMA class of 1953. He planned his funeral service with the emphasis on music – Handel, Schubert, and Beethoven, and, yes, “Down by the Riverside.” Due to an automobile accident in the prime of his life, Don lived as a paraplegic in a wheelchair from the mid-1980s until his death earlier this summer. During those years his body remained still, but his mind was active. A visionary architect with an eye for ceremony, he plowed his mental energies into RMA’s campus rebuild, his church’s building campaign, his family, and travel.

“The annual goal of $1,330,000 was surpassed by almost 10 percent, alumni participation rose to 4%, and more individual alumni donated than in any previous year. ”

Because of Don’s vision, Lanier Hall was rebuilt in the late 1990s with sweeping ramps, not primarily for handicap access, but so graduating cadets could process through the double doors of Lanier Hall, down the ramps and onto McLendon Quad for Silver Taps and Commencement ceremonies. The pageantry of handsome young men in parade dress marching crisply to the beat of the music was what Don saw in his mind’s eye, and he knew it would be grand. So, too, it was grand in an ironic way when the young man who repaired Don’s wheelchairs over the years came forward to sing “Down by the Riverside.” His voice was true, his guitar playing energetic, and I could see in my mind’s eye a discarded wheelchair as the refrain went on and on, “Gonna lay down my burden, down by the riverside, down by the riverside, down by the riverside……” It was the kind of sendoff Don wanted. You can read more about Don and his family on page 43. Last fiscal year was a robust one for giving. The annual goal of $1,330,000 was surpassed by almost 10 percent, alumni participation rose to 4%, and more individual alumni donated than in any previous year. Whether you are an alumnus, parent, grandparent, or Gainesville friend, your giving made a difference, and we thank you. Read the report in the following pages, and give yourselves a pat on the back. This is the start of my ninth year at RMA, and it’s time for someone else to help lead this Academy to the next level. My resignation is effective December 31. Over my years at RMA the Alumni Association has consumed much of my time and energy, and you have been more fun to work with than I ever imaged, your accomplishments are far greater than many know, and your friendships are a priceless gift. I hope to see many alumni and parents at Parents’ Weekend/Homecoming, October 20-21. Thank you for the opportunity to serve this remarkable institution. With no regrets and much appreciation,

Amanda K. Willis, CFRE Vice President for Advancement 32

RIVERSIDE MILITARY ACADEMY 2016-2017 ANNUAL GIVING The 2016-17 giving year was one for the record books. Between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017, the goal of $1,330,000 million was surpassed, and a total of $1,426,558 was raised. Donations came from 817 unique donors, a new record, and made possible everything from new athletic equipment, computers, boats and vehicles, musical instruments, general scholarship funds, and much, much more. Without this generous assistance, Riverside Military Academy would not be the preeminent military school for young men in America. You make it possible! Thank you.

Annual Fund Participation

Annual Fund Participation

June 1, 2016-May 31, 2017 817 Donors Board of Trustees 3%

June 1, 2016-May 31, 2017 $1,426,558 raised

Board of Visitors 3% Alumni Council 2%

Board of Trustees 16%

Alumni 25%

Friends 38%

Board of Visitors 6%

Friends 39%

Alumni Council 6%

Parents 23%

Alumni 13%

Faculty and Staff 12%

Parents 13% Faculty and Staff 6%

Grandparents 1%

Grandparents 1%


















Giving History

FY ‘06 FY ’07 FY ‘08 FY ‘09 FY ‘10 FY ‘11 FY ‘12 FY ‘13 FY ‘14 FY ‘15 FY ‘16 FY ‘17



A N N UA L GI VI NG REPO RT 2016-2017

The information in this Advancement section is prepared by the Office for Advancement and represents unaudited numbers to include gifts received between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017. Every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the listings. Please contact Amanda Willis, vice president for advancement, at 770-538-2924, if you have questions or comments.

Cumulative Giving Societies The following donors are recognized for cumulative giving from 2002 through May 31, 2017.Thank you for your years of giving back to RMA! Founders’ Society ($1,000,000 and above) Sandy Beaver

Sharon and Jim France Joseph G. Gamble, ’44 Linda and Guy Gardner Mrs. Leon M. Gauvreau Colors Society In Memory of Leon M. Gauvreau, ’62 ($500,000 -$999,999) Sabin J. Gianelloni, ’55 Abraham A. Mitchell Jay A. Glazer, ’64 Charitable Foundation William T. Glisson, ’78 Guidon Society ($10,000 - $49,999) Dr. Casey and Susan Graybeal Brothers in Blue ($200,000 -$499,999) Gary M. Alembik, ’81 Barbara and Rutledge Griffin, ’62 Allyn Ayers, 65 † Alumni of Cozumel, Mexico Cyndi and Mufeed Haddad Sandy and Carlos Cervantes, ’59 Terri and Mike Andrews Michelle and John Harllee Christi and Gregory Fisher Aramark Lynne Henderson E.T. Lopez, ’84 BB&T Sharon and Robert Hendricks Rachel and Kenneth McKelvey Arthur & Helen Baer Charitable Foundation Cathy and Anthony Herdener F. Chris Whitlock Pam and Jon Baker In honor of Col James H. Benson, USMC (Ret), Richard F. Bates Kelly M. Smith, and Amanda K.Willis Fusilier Society ($100,000 - $199,999) Mary and Jim Benson Linda and David Hock Mrs. Jerry B. Blackstock Steve Biggers John Horne In Memory of Jerry B. Blackstock, ’62 Lawrence J. Blum, ’47 Linda K. Hurdle Bobby W. Bush Sr., ’49 † Cleve Brown Martha and John Jacobs Jr., ’40 † Foster W. Bachschmidt, ‘06 Arthur and Ashley Boisfontaine, ’87 Elizabeth and Kurt Jordan Chris and Terry Clontz Paul Bolin Charlene and Gerard Kaiser Stephanie and Robert Eidson Bruce H. Buchholzer, ’48 † Dawn and Steven Keig Marcia and Bernard Freeman, ‘58 Estate of Bobby W. Bush Sr., ’49 Jason J. Klein, ’08 Jane and Drew Horner, ‘78 In Memory of Bobby W. Bush Sr., ’49 Paul B. Krebs Jr., ’55 Charles A. James, ‘64 Dawn and David Canniff Roy Lambert Foundation Inc. Holly and Howard Kalmenson, ‘49 Jim Cavanaugh Melanie and Campbell Lanier W. L. “Mac” and Sue McLendon, ‘58 Ralph & Mary Cleveland Foundation, Lyn and Jim LaVallee The Middelthon Family In memory of Ralph W. Cleveland and Afton and Ted LaVallee Eleanor M. Parkes in honor of Mary R. Cleveland Katherine and Brian Logan, ’92 Carl Stecker Janice and Conrad Conti, ’58 Nester S. Logan, ’57 Seth Wagner, ’56 Jackie and Counte Cooley Lord, Aeck & Sargent Architects In honor of Charles B Knowles Jr., ‘56 Ginny and Al Crumley Maricarmen and Mauricio Lozano Kristin and Brian Daniel Macy’s Foundation Leadership Society ($75,000 - $99,999) Samira and Sayyu Dantata Schone Malliet Shelia and Alec Fraser Alexander C. Deitch, ’98 Dena and Christopher Manzo Nwamaka and Anthony Madichie John B. Delcambre, ’66 Patricia and Tony Manzo David R. Nimocks Jr., ’45 Scott A. Dwyer, ’92 Gina and Fredy Marrufo, ’90 Yvonne and Jeremiah Eames, ’61 Karen and Jon McRae Jr. Corps Society ($50,000-$74,999) Ben/Joyce Eisenberg Foundation Ira J. Middleberg, ’66 Ruben A. Barahona, ’89 Joyce and Arnold Evans Glenda and Herbert Miller, ’61 The Blake Family Charitable Foundation Anita and Antonio Feliciano, ’81 Christy and Alan Molasky Ashley P. Curington Ron P. Fenner, ’66 Irena and Andrew Molasky Felix Gonzalez Canto, ’86 Angela and Thomas Finn Irwin A. Molasky, ’45 Paul A. Gross, ’56 Mary and Richard Fisher Charlotte and Henry Moore James H. Harris III, ’71 Nila and Raymond Fordyce, ’61 Brenda and Domingo Moreira, ’63 Roslyn and Pat Higdon Jr., ’57 Frame-Tastic LLC In memory of Domingo A. Moreira, ’39 Karl R. Katterjohn, ’64 Nancy and Fred Kennedy, ’64 Gloria and Don Misner, ’53 † Suzanne and Frank Maurno, ’60 Ashley “Dick” Pace Jr., ’37 Nancy and Andrew Talkington, ’71 Jim Walters Management Company Marie and Steve Garrett

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ADVAN C E M E N T J. Stephen Morris Memorial Fund Glenda and Jim Myers Richard M. Nichols Meg and Allen Nivens The Norton Agency Norton Family Foundation Daniel G. “Bud” Oakey, ’75 Susanna M. Oslin Trust Whitney H. Owens, ’79 Betsy and Russ Pearson PepsiCo Foundation Matching Gifts Program Anne and Ward Phillips, ’73 Jacquelin and James Post Powell, Goldstein, Frazer and Murphey LLP ProTouch Landscapes Elizabeth M. Quanstrom QuickTrip Corporation Jennie and Frank Rikard, ’56

Candy and Larry Robinson E.J. Salcines, ’56 Drs. P. Ravi and Seshu Sarma Audreanna Schmidt The Shore Family John C. Sipple, ’69 Howard K. Smith, ’45 Regina and Leslie Smith, ’63 Kelly and Stanley Smith Sydney O. Smith Insurance Walter E. Smith Jr., ’58 Donna and Kirby Smith III Pam and Kent Starke Sandy and Tim Stroyne SunTrust Bank Trusteed Foundation Florence C. and Harry L. English Memorial Fund Raymond Y. Thomasson, ’69 Anthony Tippins

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Felipe A.Valls, ’50 Connie and Jim R.Van Arsdale, ’79 Robert Van Beever, ’56 Rita and David Wardlaw John D. Watts Beth and Sam Weil, ’66 Bonnie and Jeff Weiner, ’66 William W. Welbon, ’42 † Carole and Gregory Werd, ’56 Charity and Michael Whitney Amanda and Bob Willis Jennifer Wood W. Keith Wood Chester A. Woodruff, ’78 Shawn and Wayne Wunderlich Rebecca and Andrew Zager, ’88

Annual Giving The following donors are recognized for their annual giving gifts given between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017.Thank you for your support! Sandy Beaver Society ($5,000 - $9,999) Beth and Robert Britton Zachary A. Garrett, ’11 Kim and Brett Gunter Florence and James Holson Christine and Jeffrey Johnson Melanie and Clayton Sembler Lisa and Richard VanScoter Michele Velcheck Walmart Foundation 1907 Society ($2,000 - $4,999) Carolyn and Dennis Agnelly, ’66 Darlene and Marc Albertson S. David Alphin, ’65 Marilynn and Ronald Andrews Rosemary and David Balos Charles S. Boswell Jr., ’66 Lizabeth and Jeffrey Brubeck Lori and Gregory Buchanan Lynn and Adam Carter Charles M. Cassidy, ’59 In memory of Timothy M. Blake, ’60 KIA LZ X-ray Vietnam November 1965 Ann and Denley Caughman, ’66 Gail and David Chester Kimberly and Mark Cromer Rhonda and David Crook Deborah and Victor Disharoon, ’72 Stephen W. Earhart, ’80 Julia and Dennis Eidson Alexandra and Christian Eiroa, ’89 REVEILLE I SUMMER 2017

G. Mitch Freeman Gainesville Jaycees Charities Cimone and Jamie Green Amber and Geoff Hurdle Sandra and Johnie Jones Carmen and Bruce Kerr Patricia and James Lane Jiaona Jiang and Haoyi Liu Shannon and William McBride III Terry L. McCloskey, ’68 Tracy Cocquyt-McKernan and John B. McKernan, ’88 Gerald E. Misel, ’71 Rhonda and Wayne Neck Northeast Georgia Medical Center Margaret and Tucker Olander Lauren and Gary Papka Deborah and Emory Peebles Jennifer and Shelby Pennix, ’93 Lori and Shon Peppers Craig L. Petersen, ’66 Publix Super Markets, Inc. The Shirley & Leroy Raffel Family Philanthropic Fund Regions Bank Miguel Reyes, ’74 Riverside Pharmacy Inc. Henry L. Roediger III, ’65 Lisa and Henry Shen Betty and Hugh Shott Theresa and William Simpson Sabina and Jorge Sosa Mace and Mike Strickland

Wanda and Robert Swoszowski Lara and James Vaughan Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company John and Judie Wells, ’61 Tammy and Kevin White Barbara Williams Brittany and Christopher Williamson Xtreme Xplosives Joanne and Frederick Young President’s Society ($1,000 - $1,999) Aliya Abudullahharris Gard Andresen Ansley Communications Group Alene C. Arenas Atlanta Rehab & Performance Center Dennis H. Bagwell Shelia and Ronnie Baldwin Brenda and Robert Barger Nicole and Edward Benson D. Jeff Bishop, ’86 Barbara and Errol Bisso, ’61 Barbara E. Bolton John R. Boyd, ’93 Paul G. Boynton BP Clipper Petroleum Inc. Kathy and Fred Bremer Brenau University Nelda and Jerry Browning Pat and Jack Burd Joe A. Burns, ’66 Bush Brothers LLC In memory of Bobby W. Bush Sr, ’49


A N N UAL GI VI NG REPO RT 2016-2017 Susan and Filemon Calderon Rebekah and David Campbell Carlos M. Carrillo C. Neal Carter, ’57 Christopher J. Carter Charlotte Cliche Realty Classic City Solutions, Inc. Compass Group (FLIK) Charles H. Cook, ’74 Chassie and James Corbin Pamela and Timothy Cummings Sarah and Gary Dalley Robin and Britt Daniel Kayla and Andrew Davenport Lisa and Kelly Davis Bruce F. Davis, ’81 Candice and Jason Dela Rosa Luciana and Gino Di Clemente Yuko and James Donnelly In honor of Coach Diego F. Vacca Deborah Dunn Helene and Henri Durand Martin C. Engelmann, ’59 Jane and John Ewing Marcy and Jon Fabris Brett H. Ferguson, ’75 For the Warrior Foundation Erika and Phillip Gaines Peter and Kim Galan Holly and Justin Gallagher, ’90 Norma Pelayo and Alfonso Garcia J. Geyer Advertising, Inc. Bobby Gillyard Suzette Gordon Angie and Paul Green Shasda and Kevin Guier Ana and Steven Hadaway Jon R. Hagstrom, ’62 Janie and Richard Halliley Andrew L. Head Patricia and Frank Hennington Hilton Garden Inn Hobbs Sporting Goods, Inc. Michel and Jeffrey Hudson Theresa and Michael Hutch Indian River Community Foundation Stephanie and Michael Ivy Elizabeth and Andrew Jobson Lynn and James Jobst Marcela and Bradley Johns Jordan D. Savage Foundation Inc. Agathe and Jean Kamisendu James Kaufman Denise and Richard Kerns Kimberly and Jared Koldoff Leonard Kolod, ’51 Lacey and Zeb Lackey Nancy and Jody Lail 36

Taylor C. Larimore, ’43 Ruth and William Lark, ’64 In memory of James I. Lark, ’41 Aunya and Marvin Latham Craig A. Levine Michael J. Levine Sherrie and Charles Lewis Jing Li Limestone Shirt Factory Connie and John Linehan Luna’s Restaurant W. Alan Lyles Marco’s Pizza Michelle and Michael Matthews Matthews Printing Company Jennifer and Joshua McCall Patricia and Dennis McCraven Julea and Jim Mead Mellow Mushroom Michael Michaelis, ’85 Millennium Mat Company Milton Martin Honda Cindy and Johnny Nivens Betty and Frank Norton Sr. Mary and Marc Paglia Brenda and Danny Palmer Papa John’s Pizza Teresa and Kenny Payne Tyrone Powell Jean and Stanley Preczewski Michael Prudent and Craig Pigg Publix at The Village Ramada Republic Services Marie Trenga and Brian Ribeiro F. Mark Rinehart Barbara and Larry Rogers Gretchen and Wyn Ruppenthal Stephen M. Rutner, ’81 Juventina Santos and Antonio Santos-Quiles Scott’s Downtown Adriane and Allen Seymour Pamela and William Short Julie Skaggs Jennifer and Michael Smith Julie and Thomas Smith Nicole Smith-Bennink and Mike Bennink Southern Wood Craftsmen, Inc. Stevi B’s Pizza Wayne E. Stringer, ’80 Kerrie and John Stumpf Jennifer and Jason Swaim Corwynn and Michael Sylvester Leatrice and Mark Taira Melissa and Danny Tymchuk UBS Matching Gift Program Chantel and Diego Vacca Franz and Marilee Vogt Family Fund, ’62

Thomas H. Walker Cindy and Don Waters Wendi and Nathan Whitmire Tammy and James Williams Samuel A. Wilson Jr., ’60 Diana and Clint Wilson Riverside Sabers ($400 - $999) Jane Adams Judith M. Alembik In honor of Gary M. Alembik, ’81 Benjamin S. Allen Phillipa and Worth Andrews III App Studios Stephen L. Armell, ’63 Baby Cakes Deborah Bailey Wayne A. Baker Nicole Baker Erica and Bryan Baldwin, ’96 Bank of America Teresa and James Basham Robin Bennett Kelsey and Trevor Bishop Marvin E. Black, ’43 BNY Mellon Trust of Delaware Kimberly J. Bowers Richard L. Brashear, ’56 Breakfield & Associates LLC Melody and David Brobst Posey L. Brownlee Leanne Bryant Kathryn and Steven Burns Arthur D. Canales, ’81 Sherry and Cliff Cape John A. Castineira, ’85 Anne Chenault Chick-fil-A Gainesville West Emory L. Clark Lee M. Cleaves Amie and Roy Close Collins For Congress Jo Ann Cripps Debbie and Mitchell Dowling Duplicating Products, Inc. Darla Eden Jay L. Elrod Christy Estrella Fieldale Farms Emily and Andrew Fletcher Brandon Forrest Douglas Freedman Lisa and William Gallagher Sheldon L. Gantz, ’53 Barbara and Dallas Gay John E. Gianelloni, ’94 Joe M. Gordon, ’96 Mark Greenberg

ADVAN C E M E N T W. M. Greene Katharine and Steven Haase Ben Hall Rhonda and James Hansard Stacey and David Hayes Alice Hendrickson Juan C. Hernandez Enrique Herrero, Jr., ’82 In memory of Kirk W. Morris, ’83 Dennis W. Hite, ’55 John W. Hodge S. Ryan Honey, ’96 Jock Hornor Gail and Jack Hough Hulsey, Oliver & Mahar LLP Richard C. Hyatt, ’51 Indigo Energy Mark Johnson Pamela and Grant Jones, ’93 Kathy Kalitta-Hindman and Daniel Hindman Karen Kastritis KCG Investments, LLC Michael A. Keim David M. Keith Anca and Noah King King’s Hawaiian Kimberly and Peter Knoop II William A. Krein, ’58 Loretta and Robert Kwass, ’53 In honor of Judge and Mrs. S. J. Kwass Morgan A. Lemmings Xiandi Li Robert L. Lindsey III, ’80 Nan M. MacGruer MaxTex McDonald’s Naomi R. McLeod-Mims and Stephen D. Mims David G. McManus, ’64 Elizabeth and Lester Miller Kelli E. Moon Lara W. Moore Brian D. Moore, ’83 N GA Experimental Aircraft Association Inc. Priscilla Ndu In honor of Coach Diego F.Vacca Christine and Michael Neveaux, ’65 Carole and John Noble, ’55 In memory of Bobby E. Noble, ’57 North Georgia Canopy Tours Christine and Wilson Nunez Sheral and Marty Page Gregory A. Pailet, ’01 Howard L. Pailet, ’67 Louane Hann and John Payne In honor of Andres L. Payne, ’12 REVEILLE I SUMMER 2017

Peach State Bank & Trust Rachel and Andrew Pedry Lisa and Lawrence Perkins David M. Perkins JoAnn and David Phillips J. Jefferson Phillips, ’63 Nigel Poland Paul and Nancy Posner, ’56 Shama and Paul Rainwater Maria and Ivan Rascon Gerald W. Ravenscroft, ’40 John P. Risley Sr. Susan and David Roberts Melvin Robinson Hector Salas Salai and Larney Sayasean Maritere and Jon Secada Sabina A. Sims Specialty Clinics Specialty Management, Inc Brenda and Oscar Starnes III, ’73 Robert H. Stoddard, ’64 In memory of Richard C. Farmer, ’64 Jeff Strode Strongpoint LLC Kirk L. Swanson Warren E. Tobin, ’61 Margaret and Steven Townsend Tracy and Mark Truslow, ’93 Video Craft Productions Timothy J. Wallace Helen W. Wandera and Mark W. Okingo James E. Watts, ’85 Herbert S.Yuttal, ’48 Riverside Rifles ($399 and under) Joanna and Steven Abbott Russell J. Adams, ’78 Damayanti Alfie Garcia Ann Marie and Darryl Ali J. David Allen AmazonSmile Brad C. Angst, ’97 Susie and Stan Appleton Lori Archer Richard M. Aronson, ’49 Michelle L. Ash Michael E. Assal, ’85 G. Wade Aycock, ’57 In honor of E. Jack Curtis, ’47 Ronald Ayers Brenda Bahel Owen Bailey Shaughn M. Balezentes, ’01 Jamie Barber Kim and Earnest Barnes Tatiana Barr

Alexey A. Barr, ’17 Carmen and Felipe Barraza Tirado Edward S. Bauer, ’67 Richard A. Baum, ’67 Stanley W. Bayersdofer, ’46 Jack Bell Dawn and Jeffrey Benson Kay Bent Judy and Peter Berlin, ’63 Suzanne and Joseph Bernitt Joseph B. Biddy Kelley and Richard Bisso, ’85 Jeffrey D. Blakely, ’64 JoAnn and Richard Bobb, In memory of Jerry B. Blackstock, ’62 Paul and Barbara Boerstler Anh-Huan T. Ngo and Minh Anh Bong Daniel K. Borden Diane Bosch Laurie P. Bouchard R. Nels Boutte, ’64 Carolyn and Raymond Bradley, ’50 Julia Branch Hill and Joel Hill Anne Elisabeth Braselton Vera and Rip Britton In honor of Sam P. Britton, ’17 Brenda and Michael Brizzi Jon P. Brockwell James R. Brogan Steven Broom Timothy A. Browning, ’68 In memory of William H. Savey Jr., ’68 James T. Brubeck, ’17 Margaret and Ted Bryant Teri and James Brzusek Frank A. Bucino, ’68 Monica C. Setien and Jorge Bueno John C. Bullard, ’43 Nancy and Jim Buntin Keegan G. Burgess, ’17 Cara and Dennis Burns Thomas W. Caddoo, ’90 Janet and Sumner Cahoon, ’49 Emily and George Calfo Dawn and Michael Cannova Davron and Carlos Cardenas Michael Carnahan Carol and James Carthel David P. Chandler, ’66 Katherine and Brian Chase Anthony Childs, ’85 Juan C. Christiansen, ’97 Geraldine Cobb Tally and George Cobb Jr., ’64 Patricia and Donald Coffey Richard I. Cohen, ’62 Anita and Devin Cole 37

A N N UA L GI VI NG REPO RT 2016-2017 Toni and Don Coleman In memory of Bobby W. Bush Sr., ’49 Lara and Charles Cooley Gladys and Enrique Costa, ’61 Elizabeth Cottingham Mary Lynn and John Coyle April Crawford Justin B. Creech, ’88 Jen Croker Holly Crumley Alberto Cudemus Paul M. Davila, ’93 Clifford L. Deal Jr., ’60 Jose and Kenneth Dehler, ’85 Mary Ann and Robert Dennis, ’62 Robin and Mario DePaoli Joy and Leon Cameron Dickerson Robert L. Dickey III Peggy and Vincent Ditmore Jeffrey I. Dombroff, ’62 William G. Dorroh III, ’89 Araba Dowell Nancy and Richard Drummond, ’56 Mary Lee and Danny Dunagan Vann Duncan Kathryn L. Dunlap Robert Dunn James V. Edwards, ’58 Abbas Fadoo Lisa and Daniel Faircloth W. Neel Fallis Albert A. Fariello, ’65 Fastenal John Ferguson Milagros and John Finch Kimberly and Robert Fincher Colleen and Ben Finley, ’85 Kris and Thomas Fitch III, ’64 Brenda and Tom Fitzgerald Thomas E. Fitzgerald Linda and Robert Fowler Adam L. Frankel, ’01 Friends Of Katie Dempsey Susan and Randall Frost Jason J. Frost, ’88 Frozen Frenzee LLC Eldred F. Garcia James M. Gaskin, ’51 Harriette and Kinney Gause, ’63 Paul Gentry Julissa and Daryl Gilbertson Celia and Donald Gilner, ’55 David Ginebra Chandler and Carolyn Glover Bradley S. Gorham Chapie Gower Robert A. Green, ’73 38

Michael J. Greenberg, ’16 Patricia and Joel Gregory Mayra M. Guajardo W. Allen Gudenrath William F. Gudenrath Timothy D. Guest Laurenda Guilford Benjamin J. Gunn, ’07 Lisa and Scott Gunter H. Lloyd Hill Architects & Associates Jada and DeAngelo Hall Kathy and James Halsell Iman and Samy Hanna Laura and Pearce Hardwick Jay Harrill, ’94 Shannon Hart Christopher C. Harvey, ’13 Carrie Hatfield Lorri and Paul Hattenhauer Bobbie and Ronald Hausman, ’62 George Hearn Charles D. Heidgerd, ’65 Patricia and Frederick Hitchcock James G. Hitt, ’14 Trish and David Hock Thomas C. Hodges Gun Hong, ’11 Hope Chiropractic, LLC Sara and Thomas Hopkins Calvin S. Hopkins III Lady J. Hubbard-Cole Karla and Guilllermo Huerta Sonja S. Hutchins Julie and Wayne Huthmaker Stephanie Isakson Sally and William Israel, ’52 Phillip Jackson David H. Jaffee, ’69 In honor of Richard M. Nichols a great influence Christy and Lance James Stephen B. James Susan and Mac Jensen Jimmy Allgood Rental LLC Robert D. Jones, Jr., ’56 Betty and John Jones Hyacinte Kabore Charlene and Gerard Kaiser Catherine and William Kelly Christia and John Kennedy Edward M. Kessler, ’46 Stephen A. Kirk, ’85 Karen Koch Kona Ice Philipose Koshykunju Valeria and Walter Krasnansky Kurt J. Kremlick Jr., ’51

Judy and Robert Kryger Santiago Labarca George J. Laganas, ’68 Lake Lanier Islands Carl K. Lambrecht, ’61 Ben H. Lancaster Jr. Haley and Wrenn Landers Richard A. Lang Jr., ’56 Richard E. Langford, ’44 Jonathan Lathem Harry H. Lay, ’62 Hector J. Laya, ’88 Elaine and William Lee Larry A. Lee, ’ 62 James and Judy Leicht, ’66 Paul Lemmings Amy Leurart Polly and Robert Licciardi Yee Ling Lieu and Yung Lieu Lindsay Thomas Consulting Matt B. Lively, ’96 Philip B. Lohr, ’67 Longstreet Cafe Patrick and Glenda Lowenthal Andrew Lucas, ’92 Kimber and Bruce MacGibbon Deborah K. Mack Patty Maginnis Lovett Joyce Malliet John F. Mandt Sr., ’56 Benjamin D. Manning, ’17 Osvaldo E. Marcenaro, ’85 John L. Markley Christian E. Marquez, ’97 Gail and Bob Martin Rosa and Paul Martinez, ’50 W. Barney McCollum, ’75 Debbie and Harold McConnell Paul B. McCorristin, ’64 Christy and Paul McCranie Anna and Kipp McDowell Barbara and Charles McKay James H. Meeks David W. Merrill, ’61 Sheila and Keith Meyer Phillip J. Middleton, ’17 Shelley and Paul Miller Brenda Mitchell Caroline and Delano Mixon Barbara and Roy Moore Jack E. Moore Claudia A. Morales Lastra Ruth and Greg Morgan Alice Ann and Thomas Mundy Brad Munn, ’89 Youlanda and John Munroe Christine and Chris Murphy

ADVAN CE M E N T Lesly G. Murray In memory of Jerry B. Blackstock, ’62 Frank Nadeau, ’91 National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Martha and Pete Nesbitt W. H. Nesmith Talmage E. Newton III, ’61 William J. Newton, ’62 Paige and David Nix Kathleen and Perry Norflus John B. North Jr., ’54 Kathy K. Oates William P. Obier III, ’70 In memory of Col William D. Maginnis Omni Sports Will W. Page, ’70 Cynthia and John Park Jr. John Patterson Ivan R. Pearson, ’17 Consuelo A. Pendleton Pamela and William Permenter Pet Pleasers Bakery B. Douglas Phillips Michele and Andrew Piucci Deborah and Rich Pond Bess Poole Diana and Chad Porter Steve H. Primak, ’79 Primary Care Clinics of Georgia Avery C. Prudent, ’17 Mebane and Neil Pruitt Steven L. Pugh, ’00 Richard A. Quinn, ’56 Marnie Raines Dan W. Rawls, ’85 Gary E. Raymond, ’54 Constance and Bradley Reisenfeld Reiner Reyes, ’85 Jamie and Stephen Reynolds Helen and William Rice Shawn E. McDaniel and Mike W. Roach Vivenet and Byrant Roberts Bryan A. Rodgers, ’01 Guillermo A. Rodriguez, ’67 Kara Rogers Douglas B. Romine, ’64 Tom Roscoe, ’59 Gloria Rose Andrea and Ben Ross Rotary International Kathryn and Brian Roth Sharon and Barney Rothgery, ’55 Lenard H. Rubin, ’60 Francisco J. M. Salazar Jacqueline and Raymond Saleeby Jr. Whitney Sampson REVEILLE I SUMMER 2017

William M. Sands, ’63 Chris R. Sasser, ’00 Alan D. Savitz, ’55 Nancy and William Schneeloch John P. Schwarberg, ’71 Ed Schwartz, ’85 Hiedi L. Scott Gerald Seiff, ’50 Gale and Richard Shearouse In memory of Richard C. Farmer, ’64 Paul J. Sheehy John N. Shellenberger, ’62 Justin W. Shine, ’03 Linda and Michael Short Jeremy M. Siegel, ’88 Rebecca Silbert LeTrell E. Simpson Ella W. Sims Jeff B. Sinyard Monica and Jose Smeke Martha Smith Harold L. Smith Smith & Bennett John F. Smithgall Patricia and Cecil Spears, ’62 Roy J. Spencer Jr., ’61 Zachary A. Staines, ’17 Charles K. Stoner, ’82 Stripling’s Edward Stubenrauch Milton O. Sundbeck Jr. Nina Sutherland Eric Tabor Cheryl and Scott Tabor Charles M. Tarver Carol T. Teat Edward Teat Sr. The Pfizer Foundation The Sandbar Broad River Alisa and Zack Thompson Earl L. Tingle, ’62 Tyler F. Toby, ’87 Suzanne and Trevor Tonnesen James C. Trapnell, Jr., ’45 Richard E. Tucker ’60 Mariana B. Tuten Steve Van De Kreke, ’86 Anita and Jay Vannice Robert N.Vernay II, ’64 Nancy and Richard Vinal, ’58 Don Wade Jennifer and Rick Wagoner Janice and Larry Walker Susan and Rutland Walker Zandra and William Wallin Jr., ’65 James S. Ware II, ’93 John O. Warriner, ’61

Janice and Foster Watkins Stacy and Robert Watson Jake S. Weiner, ’14 Max B. Weiner, ’13 Fernando O. Weiner, ’11 Diego O. Weiner, ’09 Katarina and Michael Welsh Donna West John L. Wiggins III, ’70 Lyman J. Williams, ’48 Donald C. Williams, ’91 Lawrence and Clarissa Winslow Mollie and Alan Winston Jerry Wise Richard S. Wojno, ’70 Judy and John Wolfe Lori and Raymond Wolpert Steve Wrigley Brad S. Wymbs, ’96 Hongjie Yang Carlos D.Yepez Jr., ’06 James C.Young, ’78 Seanie Zappendorf Earl A. Zarbin, ’45 Suzanne and Gregory Zarus

MULTIPLY YOUR DONATION WITH A MATCH Thousands of companies offer matching gift programs and encourage their employees to contribute to charitable organizations. Some provide matching funds for employee volunteer hours, others match contributions dollar for dollar, and some will even double or triple the amount of your gift! Check with your employer today, and multiply the impact of your gift to Riverside. Thank you to the matching gift corporations who added over $8,000 to RMA last year. For more information, call Amanda K. Willis,Vice President for Advancement at (770) 538-2924.

Matching Corporate Gifts 2016-2017 Apple Inc. AT&T United Way/ Employee Giving Campaign Bank of America The Pfizer Foundation UBS Matching Gift Programs 39

Your participation in the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program has… • Raised over $1,205,775 since 2009 in tuition assistance • Helped over 314 new cadets enroll and benefit from an RMA education • Helped boost enrollment to over 540 cadets REMARKABLE EXPANSION OF TAX CREDITS OPPORTUNITY: Owners of S-Corps, LLCs, and Partnerships may now contribute up to $10,000 to the GOAL Scholarship Program for a tax credit.

GOAL Donor Recognition Jane Adams Darlene and Marc Albertson Gary M. Alembik, ‘81 Benjamin S. Allen Alene C. Arenas Dennis H. Bagwell Deborah Bailey Pam and Jonathan Baker Shelia and Ronnie Baldwin Rosemary and David Balos Brenda and Robert Barger Robin Bennett Nicole and Edward Benson Kelsey and Trevor Bishop Barbara and Errol Bisso, ‘61 Mrs. Jerry B. Blackstock Kimberly J. Bowers Kathy and Fred Bremer Beth and Robert Britton Nelda and William Browning Posey L. Brownlee Lori and Gregory Buchanan Pat and Jack Burd Rebekah and David Campbell Sherry and Clifton Cape Lynn and Adam Carter Christopher J. Carter Emory L. Clark Lee M. Cleaves Amie and Roy Close Jackie and Counte Cooley Chassie and James Corbin Jo Ann Cripps Kimberly and Mark Cromer Rhonda and David Crook Pamela and Timothy Cummings Kristin and Brian Daniel Robin and Britt Daniel Kayla and Andrew Davenport Lisa and Kelly Davis Alexander C. Deitch, ‘98 Candice and Jason Dela Rosa Deborah and Victor Disharoon, ‘72 Deborah Dunn Stephanie and Robert Eidson Julia and Dennis Eidson Jay L. Elrod Martin C. Engelmann, ‘59 Christy Estrella

Marcy and Jon Fabris Anita and Antonio Feliciano, ‘81 Angela and Thomas Finn Brandon Forrest Shelia and Alec Fraser G. Mitch Freeman Erika and Phillip Gaines Holly and Justin Gallagher, ‘90 Marie and Stephen Garrett Patricia and Sabin Gianelloni, ‘55 Bobby Gillyard Dr. Casey and Susan Graybeal Cimone and Jamie Green Angie and Paul Green Barbara and Rutledge Griffin, ‘62 Shasda and Kevin Guier Ana and Steven Hadaway Janie and Richard Halliley Rhonda and James Hansard Shannon Hart Andrew L. Head Patricia and Frank Hennington Cathy and Anthony Herdener Jane and Drew Horner, ‘78 Michel and Jeffrey Hudson Theresa and Michael Hutch Stephanie and Michael Ivy Phillip Jackson Elizabeth and Andrew Jobson Lynn and James Jobst Michael A. Keim David M. Keith Anca and Noah King Kimberly and Jared Koldoff Lacey and Zeb Lackey Patricia and James Lane Aunya and Marvin Latham Jonathan Lathem Afton and Theodore LaVallee Sr. Morgan A. Lemmings Michael J. Levine Craig A. Levine Sherrie and Charles Lewis Katherine and Brian Logan, ‘92 Nan M. MacGruer Patricia and Tony Manzo Dena and Christopher Manzo Michelle and Michael Matthews Shannon and William McBride III

Jennifer and Joshua McCall Patricia and Dennis McCraven Tracy Cocquyt-McKernan and John B. McKernan, ‘88 Karen and Jon McRae Jr. Julea and Jim Mead Elizabeth and Lester Miller Kelli E. Moon Lara W. Moore John Munroe Rhonda and Wayne Neck Meg and Allen Nivens Christine and Wilson Nunez Sheral and Marty Page Mary and Marc Paglia Brenda and Danny Palmer Lauren and Gary Papka Rachel and Andrew Pedry Deborah and Emory Peebles Jennifer and Shelby Pennix, ‘93 Lori and Shon Peppers David M. Perkins Anne and Ward Phillips, ‘73 JoAnn and David Phillips Michael Prudent and Craig Pigg Tyrone Powell Shama and Paul Rainwater Marie Trenga and Brian Ribeiro F. Mark Rinehart John P. Risley Sr. Candy and Larry Robinson Melvin Robinson Barbara and Larry Rogers Kara Rogers Gretchen and Wyn Ruppenthal Hector Salas Juventina Santos and Antonio Santos-Quiles Drs. P. Ravi and Seshu Sarma Salai and Larney Sayasean Adriane and Allen Seymour Pamela and William Short Theresa and William Simpson Debra and Michael Sims Julie Skaggs Regina and Leslie Smith, ‘63 Kelly and Stanley Smith Martha Smith Jennifer and Michael Smith

Julie and Thomas Smith Sabina and Jorge Sosa Brenda and Oscar Starnes III, ‘73 Mace and Mike Strickland Jeff Strode Kerrie and John Stumpf Jennifer and Jason Swaim Kirk Swanson Wanda and Robert Swoszowski Corwynn and Michael Sylvester Melissa and Danny Tymchuk Chantel and Diego Vacca Lara and James Vaughan Thomas H. Walker Timothy J. Wallace Tammy and Kevin White Wendi and Nathan Whitmire Tammy and James Williams Brittany and Christopher Williamson Amanda and Bob Willis Samuel A. Wilson Jr., ‘60 Diana and Clint Wilson Joanne and Frederick Young Rebecca and Andrew Zager, ‘88

GOAL Contributions by Year $33,850 in 2009 $77,200 in 2010 $62,550 in 2011 $137,963 in 2012 $145,839 in 2013 $214,898 in 2014 $178,458 in 2015 $184,412 in 2016

You must take action NOW to secure your 2018 tax credit. Apply online now because you deserve the “credit!”

The Georgia state tax credit program that benefits Riverside and other independent schools with scholarship dollars is proving to be extremely popular. In 2017, the $58 million cap was exceeded in record time on January 1. Because of this, the Department of Revenue prorated the amount among all the individuals and businesses who submitted applications on that day. This means that Riverside only received 49.50% of the amount that GOAL participants applied for. We encourage you to apply now since these precious tax credits are expected to again be exceeded on the first day of January 2018. Contact Mary Paglia, Annual Fund Coordinator, at (770) 532-6251, ext. 3362 or for step-by-step assistance.



TRUSTEES NAMED TO RMA BOARD OF TRUSTEES Mr. Robert Hendricks is a senior executive in the health care and technology industry and is the chief product officer with Navicure. His prior experience includes over 10 years with McKesson Technology Solutions, most recently as senior vice president of technology and operations. He earned a B.A.Sc from Columbus State University, an MBA from Auburn University, and attended Harvard Business School’s courses in Finance for Senior Executives and Strategies for a Successful Enterprise: Disruptive Innovation. He is chairman of the Biosciences and HealthIT Committee at Metro Atlanta Chamber, chairman of the Alpharetta Technology Commission, board member of the Institute of Healthcare IT, and a board member for over 10 years, and past chairman, of the Technology Association of Georgia. He received the Georgia Phoenix Award, Community Leader of the Year 2015, from the Metro Atlanta Chamber, and in 2015 was named to the Who’s Who in Technology by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Robert and his wife, Sharon, live in Gainesville, GA, and are the parents of Cadet Tanner Hendricks, a rising senior. Mr. Ernest Tranquilino Lopez, E.T., ’84 is founder and president of The Atlanta Paving and Asphalt Company. He grew the company from a small enterprise to a competitive firm winning contracts from the State of Georgia and across the country. He has donated his company’s resources to the construction of the Mitchell Quarters and the Beauchamp Obstacle Course. In recognition of his birthday in 2014, E.T. donated his crew, machinery, and materials to completely repave and restripe all paved surfaces on the RMA campus. E.T. is a past member of the Alumni Council, a member of the Brothers in Blue cumulative giving society, and the recipient of the President’s Distinguished Service Award at Homecoming 2014. E.T. and his wife, Donna live in Lilburn, GA. Mitchell M. Zais, Ph.D. Brigadier General, U.S. Army (ret.) is the past president of Newberry College for 10 years. Prior to that he served as the state of South Carolina’s 17th state superintendent of education, a position earned in general election. Mick is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and he served 31 years on active duty in the United States Army, retiring as a Brigadier General. As state superintendent, he oversaw the operation of and advocated policy for 82 school districts, 1,250 schools, 51,000 teachers, 720,000 students and a $4 billion annual REVEILLE I SUMMER 2017

budget. During his tenure at Newberry College, enrollment nearly doubled, the endowment doubled, and facilities were expanded. In his military career he commanded two rifle companies, an infantry battalion, a light infantry brigade, and served as deputy commanding general at Fort Riley, Kansas. He served as the Pentagon’s Chief of War Plans and taught at West Point. Mick and his wife, Susan, live in Columbia, S.C..

New Board of Visitors Announced Two new members have accepted an invitation to join the RMA Board of Visitors (BOV). New members are Betsy Pearson, past parent of two cadets of South Haven, MN, and David Alphin, ’65, of Fayetteville, AR. The purpose of the BOV is to assist the President and the RMA Board of Trustees in the achievement of the Academy’s mission. The BOV offers collective advice and counsel toward the continual improvement of all aspects of the Academy. The BOV meets twice annually, fall and spring. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 19 in conjunction with Parents’/Homecoming Weekend. For a complete list of the BOV membership, please refer to the inside back cover of this issue. 41

Class Notes Class of 1939 Lee Herron knocked something off his bucket Barbara Timmons , Lee list when Herron, ‘39, Amanda he visited Willis Riverside recently for the first time since his graduation in 1939. Mr. Herron is from Marysville, Ohio and is the past CEO of O.M. Scott and Sons.

Class of 1946 Dale Logsden proved to be a skilled marksman by winning two gold medals in benchrest rifle at the Huntsman World Senior Games, which is the largest senior games event in the world. His record stands with 70 rounds at 25 yards and rapid fire target all 10’s (x).

highest honors in the scientific field. Members serve pro bono as “advisers to the nation” on science, engineering and medicine.” Only 70 psychologists are included in NAS. He is the author, with two others, of Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (Harvard University Press, 2014). Roediger graduated from RMA as valedictorian and battalion commander. He then attended Washington & Lee University and later received his Ph.D. at Yale University in cognitive psychology in 1973. He has taught at Purdue University, the University of Toronto and Rice University. He continues his teaching and research at Washington University in St. Louis, where he is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor.

Class of 1982-1993 Mitch Rauch, ‘87, Grant Jones, ’93, Juan Carlos Laucirica, ‘82, and Steve VanDeKreke, ’88 united at the InfoComm Audio Visual trade show in Orlando.

Class of 1955 & 1966 Pictured above left to right, are Greg Werd, ‘56, Paul Krebs, ‘55, Donna Krebs, Sabin Gianelloni, ‘55, and Pat Gianelloni. Both Sabin and Greg serve as class presidents, and Paul and Greg have been inducted into Riverside’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Class of 1965 Henry L. (Roddy) Roediger, III was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in May. The NAS, founded by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, is intended to honor scientists and seek their advice. According to Wikipedia, “Election to the National Academies is one of the

Class of 1986 Jay Fitzmorris was employed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, but currently works in the Enforcement and Removal Division as a Deportation Officer for the Department of Homeland Security in Florence, AZ. He recently has been appointed to join Homeland Security Investigations, as a criminal investigator, and will be posted in Yuma, Az. Jay is pictured above with his wife,

Angela, and their children, Jack (12), Will (8), Madeline (19), and Abigail (16). When Jay retires, he would like to teach History and coach football and soccer, hopefully at RMA

Class of 1993 Grant Jones has accepted a position as Chief Operating Officer for AV-Worx and PC Lan Techs located in West Palm Beach FL. PC LAN Techs is one of the top 500 MSP providers in the world and AV-Worx is one of the top critical space audio visual integration firms in the southeast installing large video walls for clients like NASA and SpaceX. Pictured above is Grant, his wife, Pamela, daughter Kennedy and son Parker.

Class of 1994 On July 14, 2017, RMA graduate Lieutenant Colonel Jason Avery assumed battalion command by receiving the colors of the 503rd Military Police Battalion (Airborne) in a ceremony at Fort Bragg, NC. The first photo shows Colonel Eugenia Guilmartin, commander of the 16th MP Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps passing the colors to LTC Avery. The second photo is LTC Avery and COL William Gallagher, the current President of RMA.

Class of 2013 Gage Bolden graduated from the Citadel with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice along with a minor in Fine Arts.



Class of 2014 Daniel Robinson graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2014 with a BS degree in Management and is the project manager for Millennium Mat. Daniel lives in Lawrenceville, GA with his wife, Ana, and daughters Gabriella and Isabella. Benjamin Herman is a senior, studying finance, at the University of Georgia and currently serves as a financial advisor for Northwestern Mutual. He plans to continue working for Northwestern Mutual after graduation as a financial planner.

Class of 2016 Alfred Delcambre finished Marine Boot Camp and is currently attending the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton, CA.

Class Notes Submissions All photos must be a minimum 4.5" wide and 300 dpi resolution .tif or .jpg format. Photos not accepted include .gif and .bmp. Camera phone photos or photos from websites are not accepted.

Donald Hogan Misner, ’53, passed away May 18, 2017. He is a former member of the RMA Board of Trustees, 1996-2000, and was instrumental in the design and rebuilding of the campus in the late 90s and early 2000s. Following his graduation from Riverside, Don earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Virginia and worked as an architect in the Virginia and Washington D.C. area for many years. He also formed Misner Development Company, focusing on office building and From left to right: Mr. Bud Oakey, ‘75, shopping center development Mrs. Gloria Misner and Mr. Errol Bisso, throughout the region. ‘61. After suffering a severe spinal cord injury in 1985 which resulted in paraplegia, Don helped create the premier investigative research program for spinal cord injury – The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. In 2013 Riverside recognized Don’s humanitarian efforts by presenting him with the President’s Humanitarian Award. Don is survived by his wife of 59 years, Gloria Taylor Misner, his daughter, June Misner, his son, Keith Misner, daughter-in-law, Gretchen Misner, and three grandsons, Maxfield, Blake and Gavin.

Taps Paul C. Herrman, ‘45 (5/5/17)

Ronald A. Robinson, ‘58 (2/4/17)

Jack P. McDaniel, ‘45 (5/10/2017)

Gary E. Hoyt, ‘60 (12/4/2015)

Jerome I. Jason, ‘46 (1/28/2017)

Estes G. Baxter II, ‘61 (3/22/2017)

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Finley L. McMillan, ‘46 (4/17/17)

Richard E. Mahany, ‘64 (3/1/17)

Phillip R. Waybright, ‘47 (2/28/2014)

Luther C. Basham, ‘66 (4/27/17)

Mail hard copies to: Riverside Military Academy, Attn: Alumni Relations 2001 Riverside Drive Gainesville, GA 30501 770-532-6251 ext. 2212

Frank V. Avent III, ‘49 (6/29/17)

Paul S. Foster, ‘66 (3/21/2017)

William T. Leggett, ‘51 (1/27/2015)

Robert R. Scott, ‘69 (12/30/2011)

Joel M. Cerel, ‘53 (4/14/17)

John M. Dinkins, ‘83 (4/13/17)

Charles R. Fruge, ‘53 (3/19/2017)

John S. Cave Jr., ‘00 (2/5/2017)

Donald H. Misner, ‘53 (5/19/17)

Paul S. Weinstock, ‘01 (7/4/2016)

Albert M. Crowder, ‘55 (5/5/17)

Ryan P. Walsh, ‘05 (10/16/16)

Breece E. Bennett, ‘57 (1/25/17)

Robert J. Baker, ‘14 (4/17/17)

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Editor-in-Chief Adriane Seymour Director Communications and Public Relations Editors Amanda Willis, CFRE Vice President for Advancement Cassidy Collier Contributors COL William J. Gallagher, USA Ret Mr. Errol Bisso, ‘61 Mrs. Candice Dela Rosa Mr. Ron P. Fenner, Jr., ‘66 CW2 Steve Giove, USMC Ret Mr. Jamie P. Green Mrs. Mary Paglia Mr. Andrew Predrey Mrs. Adriane Seymour Mrs. Julie Smith LTC James Spivey, USASF Mrs. Amanda Willis, CFRE

Board of Trustees Mr. Kenneth L. McKelvey, Chairman Mr. Frederick J. Kennedy, ‘64 Immediate Past Chairman Mr. Bernard M. Freeman, ’58 Vice Chairman Mr. C. J. “Jody” Lail, Jr.Treasurer Mr. J. Allen Nivens, Secretary Mr. Ruben A. Barahona, ‘89 Mrs. Jerry B. Blackstock Mr. Felix A. Gonzalez Canto, ‘86 Mr. S. Terry Clontz Mr. Counte L. Cooley Mr. C. Brian Daniel Mr. Ron P. Fenner, Jr., ‘66 Mr. Thomas M. Finn Mr. Gregory A. Fisher Mr. R.A. Griffin, Jr. ‘62 Mr. Robert C. Hendricks Mr. Anthony M. Herdener Mr. Drew W. Horner, ‘78 Mr. Ernest T. Lopez, ‘84 Mr. Richard M. Nichols Dr. Stanley C. Preczewski Mr. Andrew W. Talkington, ‘71 Mr. James R.Van Arsdale, ‘79 Jeffrey S. Weiner, Esq., ‘66 BG Mitchell M. Zais, Ph.D. Emeriti Miss Lucile E. Beaver Mr. Paul A. Gross, ’56 Mr. O. Jon McRae, Jr. Honorary Mr. Jerry B. Blackstock, ’62, Posthumous Mr. Powell A. Fraser Mr. Howard A. Kalmenson, ’49 Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman Mr. Ira J. Middleberg, ’66 Mr. Abraham A. Mitchell, ’52 Alumni Council Mr. Ronslow P. Fenner, Jr., ’66, Chairman Mr. John B. McKernan, II, ’88, Vice Chairman Mr. Mark M. Truslow, ’93 Secretary/Treasurer Mr. Errol J. Bisso, ’61, Alumni Relations Director Mr. Charles D. Adams, ‘89 Mr. Bryan T. Baldwin, ’96 Mr. Richard L. Bisso, ‘85

Mr. Joseph W. Bivens III, ‘74 Maj. Charles H. Cook, ‘74 Mr. Chris A. Cotter, ’88 Mr. Justin B. Creech, ‘88 Dr. John B. Delcambre, ‘66 Mr.Victor L. Disharoon, ‘72 Mr. Zachary A. Garrett, ‘11 Mr. William T. Glisson, ‘78 Mr. Grant C. Jones, ‘93 Mr. Jason J. Klein, ’08 Mr. Paul B. Posner, ‘56 Mr. Stephen M.Van De Kreke, ‘86 Mr. James C.Young, ‘78 Mr. Nizar Zakka, ‘85 Emeriti Mr. Daniel G. Oakey, ’75, Chairman Emeritus Mr. Sumner R. Cahoon, Jr., ’49 Mr. Bernard M. Freeman, ’58 Mr. Jay A. Glazer, ’64 Mr. Robert D. Jones, ’56 Judge E.J. Salcines, ’56 Mr. Seth Wagner, ’56 Board of Visitors Mr. Gregory F. Werd, ’56, Chairman Mr. Whitney H. Owens, ’79, Vice Chairman Mr. Dennis M. Agnelly, ’66 Mr. Gary M. Alembik, ’81 Mr. Richard L. Alfonso, ’81 Mr. S. David Alphin, ‘65 Mr. Arthur M. Boisfontaine, ‘87 Dr. Arthur D. Canales, ‘81 Mr. Conrad C. Conti, ‘58 Mr. Alexander C. Deitch, ‘98 Mr. Stephen W. Earhart, ‘80 Mr. Christian Eiroa, ‘89 Mr. Joseph M. Gordon, ‘96 Mrs. Susan L. Graybeal Mr. Patrick H. Higdon Jr., ‘57 Mr. K. Seth Judd,’ 87 Ms. Diana J. Kelly Mr. Richard A. Lang, Jr., ‘56 Mr. Richard A. Luna Mr. Alberto R. Marrufo, ‘87 Mr. Fredy E. Marrufo, ‘90 Mr. Wallace L. McLendon, ‘58 Mr. Robert V. Norton Mr. Thomas H. Paris, III Mrs. Betsy Pearson Mr. John C. Sipple, ‘69 Mr. Leslie T. Smith, ‘63 Mr. W. Michael Strickland Mr. Wayne E. Stringer, ‘80 Mr. Seth Wagner, ‘56 Mr. Samuel D. Weil, III, ‘66 Mr. Andrew C. Zager, ‘88

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