Parents' Weekend awards presented during parade
Parents' Weekend kicked into high gear Saturday with a day of activities for families of cadets.
Saturday morning's military dress parade was in honor of all parents. One of the parade's highlights was the ceremony inducting the Class of 2011 into the Corps of Cadets.
With 641 freshmen, the Class of 2011 was promoted from cadet recruits to cadet privates. The ceremony, held on Parents’ Weekend each year, marks the end of the cadre military training period, which began on Aug. 11. Cadre is disbanded and the freshmen are fully integrated into the structure of the cadet organization.
As is a Parents’ Weekend tradition, the parents of Regimental Commander Cadet Col. Chase Mohler of Beaufort, S.C., represented all parents at the parade. Christopher Mohler, Cadet Mohler’s father, took part in the jeep review of the Corps of Cadets along with the regimental commander and Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa.
Several awards, including a new Cadre Leadership Award, were presented for cadet achievements during parade as well.
The Cadre Leadership Award
This award recognizes squad sergeants for physical fitness, knowledge of training regulations, ability to teach drill and ceremonies and inspection techniques. The award was created by the training and operations division of the Commandant of Cadets.
Honored was Cadet Ivan Rodriquez of Lima Company as the top squad sergeant during fall sports cadre. For regular fall cadre the top squad team is from Romeo Company. The team is Cadets Michael Brinson, William Ehlies and Keane Steele.
Regimental Commander’s Bowl
The award was established in 1972 to recognize the cadet company with the most successful cadre as demonstrated by the fourth class attrition rate and fourth class performance in close order drill, physical training and knob knowledge.
Accepting the award for the winning company was Cadet Capt. Matthew Stuhler, commander of Alpha Company.
Each year cadet companies compete for the Kelly Cup, which is awarded to the best-drilled fourth-class squad in the Corps of Cadets. The four best-drilled squads were chosen after preliminary competitions among all 18 cadet companies. The four that competed for the Kelly Cup Saturday morning were Palmetto Battery, Alpha, Echo and Hotel.
Hotel Company Cadet Staff Sgt. Oren Schlierer, who led the squad, accepted the award on his company's behalf.
Parents' Weekend is one of three big weekends held annually at The Citadel. Of the three, which include Homecoming Weekend in November and Corps Day Weekend in March, Parents' Weekend is typically the largest in terms of attendance.