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School News Feb. 11
Alexei Joya with Gold Medal
Alexei S. Joya

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Two students from Riverside Military Academy were recently selected to participate in the Georgia Music Educators Association All State Orchestra to be held Feb. 28 throiugh March 2 in Savannah.

The GMEA All State Bands and Orchestras consist of the best high school and middle school musicians in the state of Georgia. Auditions include two contrasting musical études and two challenging sight-reading exercises.

Cadet Staff Sergeant Benjamin Jobson, a junior at Riverside, was placed as the principal second or first chair of the second violins in the 11th-12th grade orchestra. Principal second is awarded to the 5th highest score overall for all juniors and seniors statewide. Jobson is a member of the RMA Honor Council and the National Honor Society. He also serves as vice president for the RMA Horton Society. He was a nominee for the 2012 Georgia Governor’s Honors Program in Music. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Jobson of Gainesville.

Cadet Sergeant First Class DoYeun Kim, also a Riverside junior, was placed as third chair oboe in the 11th-12th grade orchestra. Last year, Kim became the first Riverside band member to qualify for the All State Orchestra. He is 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. Kim was also a nominee for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program in Music. He is the son of Mr. Choong Hyun Kim and Mrs. Min Joung Kim of Seoul, South Korea. The Greater Hall


Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee and the Georgia Forestry Service announce winners of the 2013 Arbor Day Student Art and Essay Contest. Winners were from Enota Elementary School with over 100 entries in art.

Art contest for third-graders

Topic: "I Speak for the Trees"

1st place: Prudence Matthews

Runner Ups: Tennent Slack and Mary Griffin Romberg

Essay contest for fifth-graders

First place: Oscar Salazar

Runner ups: Bella Scarlett and Bailey Morris

The Annual Arbor Day Celebration is at 10 a.m. Friday at the Frances Meadows Center. Open to the public, the event is sponsored by the Hall County Master Gardeners, Keep Hall Beautiful and Georgia Power. Festivities include student contest recognition and a joint city/county proclamation with Tree City USA recognition.


Cadet Staff Sergeant Alexei S. Joya, a sophomore at Riverside Military Academy, recently took top honors competing with over 650 other cadets to earn a gold medal in Physical Fitness.

Joya, a resident of Gainesville, is a member of the Raider Team at Riverside. Members of the Raider Team must display teamwork, excellent physical fitness and discipline as they compete against teams from other schools in a variety of events such as grueling obstacle courses, one rope bridge-building competitions, three to five mile team runs and physical fitness tests.

Riverside’s Raider Team dominated at the Spaulding County High School Invitational when they brought home five trophies in October. Joya has been awarded the first-place medal out of 660 male cadets competing in the Physical Fitness Test (two minutes of push-ups, two minutes of sit-ups and a two-mile run).

Cadet Joya plays clarinet in the Riverside Band. He also participates on the cross country, track and wrestling teams at RMA. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Joya of Gainesville.