GAINESVILLE - This year's graduating class at Riverside Military Academy (RMA) included two young men from Gainesville: Cadet Major (C/MAJ) Alec H. Ruppenthal and Cadet Chandler LeCave.
A member of the Battalion Staff, C/MAJ Ruppenthal served as Honor Court Chairman for the RMA Corps of Cadets, which consists of more than 400 students. All Riverside cadets commit to the following honor code: A cadet will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do. The Honor Court Chairman and the company honor representatives educate cadets about the Honor Code and uphold the honor system at Riverside.
Ruppenthal is a member of both the National Honor Society (NHS) and the Horton Society. He earned membership in the NHS by demonstrating the qualities held in high esteem by the society: scholarship, service, leadership, and character. The Horton Society, one of Riverside Military Academy's oldest and most prestigious organizations, was named in honor of Colonel O.R. Horton who served Riverside from 1919-1939. The Society embraces school spirit and seeks to emulate the highest ideals of integrity and selfless service.
C/MAJ Ruppenthal has attended RMA since 2006 when he entered the Academy in the 7th grade. He was valedictorian for Riverside's Class of 2012, and he was nominated as Riverside's STAR Student for this academic year. He participated on the RMA varsity baseball, cross country, and swim teams. He was voted MIP of the cross country team, and he received the JROTC Superior Cadet Award.
Cadet Ruppenthal will attend the United States Naval Academy. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Ruppenthal of Gainesville.
Cadet LeCave was the 2012 recipient of the JROTC "Iron Mike" Trophy for receiving the top score during Cadet Challenge testing at Riverside. He was also voted MVP of the track & field team.
He is the son of Major and Mrs. Sean LeCave of Gainesville.