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POSTED: March 24, 2014 1:30 a.m.

Riverside Band and Chorus represented at AMCSUS Festival

Eighteen band and chorus cadets represented Riverside Military Academy at the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States 38th Military Band and Choral Festival in February.

The festival brought together the top musicians from military secondary schools and colleges in the U.S. Eight Riverside cadets were selected for the honor band, led by former director of the U.S. Air Force Band, Dennis Layendecker, Colonel, USAF (Ret). Riverside was also represented in the honor choir by eight cadets, and the choir was directed by MSG Kerry Wilkerson, USA, member of the U.S. Army Chorus.

Riverside Choral cadets participating in the festival were Hunter Albertson, Joshua Haughton, Mark Jones, Sipho Khoza, Daniel McHerron, Patrick Middelthon, Eli Prussack, and Sekayi Williams. Band cadets included Matthew Garrett, Marcus Gouthro, Lexx Joya, DoYeun Kim, Jae Kim, Laurence Masslieno, Quinton Munroe, Daniel Sheffield, Joshua Tucker, and Matthew Williams.

Two Riverside cadets had the honor of being selected for the drum major clinic and competition under Master Chief Musician Joe Brown, USN, Drum Major of the U.S. Navy Band. Riverside Band drum major Cadet Captain Daniel Sheffield placed first in the drum major competition against 15 drum majors from other academies, and assistant drum major Cadet Master Sergeant Alexei Joya placed 7th overall.

Cadet First Lieutenant DoYeun Kim placed as 1st chair oboe, Cadet Staff Sergeant Eli Prussack won a solo with the honor choir, Cadet Sergeant First Class Matthew Garrett was captain of the rudimental drumline, and Cadet Staff Sergeant Matthew Williams earned a solo with the drumline.

Following three days of rehearsals and clinics, students performed a concert at the AMCSUS annual conference in Alexandria, Va., celebrating the organization’s 100th anniversary. Lucile Beaver, daughter of General Sandy Beaver, was recognized for her father’s contributions to AMCSUS. General Beaver also served an integral role as past president of Riverside Military Academy.

Dawsonville student selected as 2014 SOAR Leader for Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern University has announced its 2014 Southern’s Orientation, Advisement and Registration (SOAR) Team. One-hundred and thirty-nine students applied for the SOAR Leader position and 24 were selected based on their leadership potential, work ethic and ability to represent the university.

Adam Youngman, from Dawsonville, is majoring Instrumental Music Education was named to SOAR. SOAR Leaders help orient new students and their families to Georgia Southern during the summer SOAR sessions by serving as role models for new students, helping them register for classes, preparing them for college level academics and informing parents about Georgia Southern services.

Student art and essays win Arbor Day contest

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee and the Georgia Forestry Service announced winners of the 2014 Arbor Day Student Art and Essay Contest. With over 100 entries in art and the topic "I Speak for the Trees,"first place in the Third Grade Art Contest goes to Juliet Edge, McEver Arts Academy. Honorable Mention: Allison Pineda, Enota MI Academy and Yvette Gonzalez, New Holland Knowledge Academy.

First Place in the Fifth Grade Essay Contest is Ally Cook, Enota Elementary. Honorable Mention: Isaiah Willock and Ashely Andrade-Sosa, Enota Elementary.

The Annual Arbor Day Celebration was held at Don Carter State Park and sponsored by Hall County Master Gardeners, Keep Hall Beautiful and Georgia Power. Festivities included student contest recognition and a joint city/county proclamation with Tree City USA recognition.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation gives donations

Sugar Hill Elementary and New Holland Academy will each receive $5,000 in donations to further support their literacy efforts.

"Dollar General is proud to support these local literacy initiatives that will have a strong and direct impact on the Gainesville community," said Denine Torr, Dollar General’s director of community initiatives.

Every day, customers support the mission work of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation by donating their spare change in donation containers located near the cash registers at each Dollar General and thereby programs that help individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency.

To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, please visit

Civil Air Patrol awards outstanding cadet

Cadet Elizabeth C. Andry received the General Billy Mitchell Award at the annual Civil Air Patrol banquet.

The award is only given to 5 percent of all Civil Air Patrol cadets. To earn it the cadet must show exceptional proficiency at leadership, physical fitness, aerospace knowledge and the completion of eight of the 16 achievements. Andry was promoted to Cadet Second Lieutenant and if selected to enter the Air Force would have the privilege of entering as an E3 Airman First Class. The award was presented by Col. Richard Greenwood, Georgia Wing Commander. Andry is a member of the CAPGA160 Composite Squadron in Gainesville.


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