Riverside Military Academy Class of 2014 graduate DoYeun Kim was selected as a 2014 National Merit Scholarship finalist and has earned the title of Merit Scholar.
Around 1.5 million juniors from more than 22,000 high schools entered the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Kim was one of 16,000 semifinalists chosen in the 2014 program. He competed with other semifinalists for an estimated 8,000 National Merit Scholarships totaling $35 million.
Students had to fulfill several requirements, including submission of an essay and presenting a record of high academic performance to achieve the finalist level of competition and become eligible to earn the Merit Scholar title.
In February 2014, Kim was notified of advancing to the finalist level and about his scholarship offer and Merit Scholar designation this summer.
Kim was placed as third chair oboe in the 11th-12th grade All State Orchestra earlier this year. He became the first Riverside band member to ever qualify for the All State Orchestra during the previous school year.
Prior to his May graduation, Kim was a member of the National Honor Society, the RMA Horton Society, the Junior Engineering Technical Society-Technology Student Association and the Science National Honor Society. He was also a nominee for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program in Music.