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Riversides academic team places fifth
Riverside Military Academy students, from left, Jake Weiner, Samuel Manzo, Kevin Muir and DoYeun Kim won fifth place in the Junior ROTC Tri-Service Academic Bowl Championship.

The Junior ROTC Academic Team of Riverside Military Academy placed fifth in the nation in the JROTC Tri-Service Academic Bowl Championship at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. This was the first year Riverside formed a team to participate in the June 21-25 competition.

The Riverside team won a first-place spot during the second level of the JROTC Army Academic Bowl Challenge in February. Out of 1,576 schools in the nation, the Riverside team was one of only 24 Army JROTC teams advancing to the national level of competition in Virginia.

Riverside’s JROTC Academic Bowl national team members are Cadet 1st Sgt. DoYeun Kim, Cadet Sgt. Samuel Manzo, Cadet Staff Sgt. Kevin Muir and Cadet 1st Lt. Jake Weiner. Their coach is 1st Sgt. Thomas Walker, a Riverside Military Academy science instructor.

The JROTC Academic Bowl Challenge is sponsored by The College Options Foundation and designed by i.d.e.a.s. at Disney-MGM Studios. It’s a fast–paced online academic competition designed to challenge and prepare high school students for college entrance exams such as the SAT and ACT. Each level of the competition consists of questions derived from the JROTC curriculum, language arts, math, science and current events.