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Citadel News Service
7 May 2009

Awards convocation recognizes student achievement

Citadel cadets and active duty military students who have excelled during the 2008-2009 academic year were honored Thursday, May 7 at the annual Spring Awards Convocation, held just before commencement.

Air Force Association Award
This award is presented annually by the National Air Force Association to the Air Force cadet who has demonstrated military excellence, outstanding academic achievement and exemplary leadership at The Citadel.
Cadet Thomas Jaymes O’Brien
Major: Electrical Engineering
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Eugene O’Brien

The American Legion College Award
The award is presented to a first-class (senior) cadet in recognition of the qualities of honor, courage, scholarship, leadership and service, which are necessary to protect and preserve the fundamental institution of government and the advancement of society.
Cadet Alexander Johnson, Portland, Oregon
Major: English
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Johnson

Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the U.S. Award
The award is given to at first-class (senior) who best exemplifies the finest traditions of The Citadel and best represents the college’s mission of achieving excellence in the education of principled leaders.
Cadet Brennin Colegrove
Major: Physics and Computer Science
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Colegrove

Athletic Officer of the Year Award
The award is presented to the athletic officer who, in the opinion of fellow athletic officers, demonstrates outstanding leadership in administration of unit athletics.
Cadet Konrad A. Swartzmiller, Charleston, South Carolina
Major: Political Science
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Allan Swartzmiller

Board of Visitors Trophy
This trophy is awarded annually to the cadet company that wins the regimental intramural championship.
Oscar Co.

Brigadier Foundation President's Award
The award is presented to the senior athlete who has contributed the most to The Citadel's athletic program and the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. The members of the graduating class vote to determine each year's recipient.

Club Sport Captain of the Year
The award is presented in honor of Harry G. Hitopoulos, class of 1952, and Citadel boxing coach from 1982 to 2006, to the club sport captain who has provided exemplary leadership on and off the playing field.
Cadet Jordan Dosher, Pelzer, South Carolina
Major: Physical Education
Mr. and Mrs. Franky Dosher

The Cadet Medal of Merit Award
The adjutant general of South Carolina presents the award to an outstanding first-class (senior) cadet who exemplifies the traits of leadership, scholastic achievement, conduct and participation in cadet and college activities.
Cadet Thomas Francis Gade, Jr., Red Wing, Minnesota
Major: Physics
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Gade

Carlisle Norwood Hastie Award
The award is presented annually at The Citadel to the graduating first-class (senior) cadet who is selected by classmates as showing the greatest concern for the well being of other cadets.
Cadet Gregory A. Shoemaker, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Major: Civil Engineering
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Shoemaker

Chief of Naval Operations Distinguished Midshipman Graduate Award
This award honors one graduating midshipman at each NROTC Unit and midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy who demonstrate the highest standards of leadership, academic, and military performance.
Cadet Brennin Colegrove
Major: Physics and Computer Science
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Colegrove

The Col. Floyd W. Brown, Jr. Memorial Award
This award is presented annually to a first-class senior cadet who will be commissioned into the military. It recognizes the cadet who has contributed to the success of the Department of Cadet Activities, who best exhibits the highest degree of customs and courtesies of a cadet, citizen and soldier and who possesses love and loyalty to The Citadel traditions of courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship, loyalty, high moral standards and service.
Cadet Elizabeth Penn-Sanders, Bluffton, South Carolina
Major: Civil Engineering
Daughter of Marian Sanders

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society Awards
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society Award is presented annually to the graduating first-class (senior) cadet considered the most outstanding in the performance of Corps of Cadets and military activities and will be commissioned into the armed forces. The commandant of cadets and the professors of the aerospace studies and military and naval science departments pick the recipient.
Cadet Marshall Clinkscales, Sumter, South Carolina
Major: Business Administration
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Clinkscales

Dan Malcom Jr. Memorial Sword
The Marine Officer's Mameluck Sword is presented in memory of 1st Lt. Dan Malcom Jr., Class of 2001, who was killed in 2004 in Iraq. It recognizes a cadet for leadership and dedication while a member of The Citadel Naval ROTC.
Cadet Jared Cooper
Major: Business Administration
Son of Ms. Jill Cooper

Todd L. Dorney Memorial Sword and Scholarship
This award is presented annually in memory of Army Lt. Todd L. Dorney, a 1980 Citadel graduate. The sword goes to a senior under Army ROTC contract whose ROTC performance is in the top 10 percent of the class.
Cadet Vito Urso, Winter Beach, Florida
Major: German
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Vito Urso

George C. Marshall Award
This award is presented annually to the first class cadet being commissioned in the Army. The recipient must be the top graduating senior in the cadet battalion, must have completed the Leadership Development and Assessment Course and have demonstrated the leadership and scholastic qualities that epitomize the career of George C. Marshal.
Cadet Gregory Shoemaker, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Major: Civil Engineering
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Shoemaker

Lt. Col. Leigh Arnold Hochreich Memorial Award
This award is presented annually to a first-class (senior) cadet based on patriotism, love of fellow man, loyalty, humor, and dedication to The Citadel.
Cadet Kaitlyn Burns, Bristol, Connecticut
Major: Health Exercise and Sport Science (Health and Wellness/Professional Track
Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Burns

Brig. Gen. James Emory Mace Leadership Award
The award is presented annually to a first-class (senior) cadet who will be commissioned in the military and who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the day-to-day running of the Corps of Cadets. The cadet must exhibit unwavering love for The Citadel along with the leadership traits of honor, self discipline, courage, patriotism, high moral standards and service to fellow cadets. The award is named after former Commandant of Cadets and 1963 Citadel graduate Brig. Gen. James Emory Mace.
Cadet Gregory Shoemaker, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Major: Civil Engineering
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Shoemaker

Mark W. Clark Honor Committee Award for Exemplary Service
This award is presented to a member of the Honor Committee judged to have made the greatest contribution to the honor system throughout the school year.
Cadet Jonathan Calhoun, Cary, North Carolina
Major: Political Science
Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Calhoun

D.S. McAlister Student Activities Award
The award is presented to the first class (senior) cadet who has made the greatest contribution to the Department of Cadet Activities.
Cadet Rodney Ferguson, Jr., Bradenton, Florida
Major: Political Science
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Ferguson

Military Order of Foreign Wars of the U.S.
The award is presented annually at The Citadel to a first-class (senior) cadet who is in good academic and disciplinary standing, who has excelled in the ROTC program, leadership and study of military history and is a proactive cadet who will be commissioned into the United States military upon graduation.
Cadet Marcus Ashby, Poulsbo, Washington
Major: Business Administration with Accounting Concentration
Son of Eulanda Ashby

Capt. Carl H. Josephson Navy Memorial Sword
The Charleston Council of the Navy League presents the award annually to the most outstanding cadet being commissioned in the U.S. Navy. The sword is awarded in recognition of superior academic and leadership skills demonstrated during a cadet's four years at The Citadel.
Cadet Christopher Hall
Major: Mathematics

Brig. Gen. William Lee Smith Marine Corps Sword
The Charleston Council of the Navy League presents the award annually to the most outstanding cadet being commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps. The sword recognizes superior academic and leadership skills demonstrated during Joiner’s four years at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.
Cadet Robert Gervasio, Lindenhurst, New York
Major: Criminal Justice
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Gervasio

Col. Joseph E. Perkins Honor Committee Award
This award is presented annually to a member of the Honor Committee in recognition of invaluable serves to the Corps of Cadets by upholding and promoting the high ideals of The Citadel Honor System.
Cadet Sean Donohue, New London, New Hampshire
Major: Political Science
Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Joseph Donohue, III.

The Reuben B. Pitts III Memorial Award
This award is given in memory of Cadet Reuben B. Pitts III, Class of 1963, to the second class (junior) cadet selected by his or her classmates as showing the greatest concern for the well being of others.
Cadet Richard Jordan, Columbia, SC
Major: Business Administration
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Jordan

Robert G. Miller Memorial Sword
This award is given to a graduating Navy midshipman or officer candidates who has excelled in a Navy Battalion leadership position, has devoted their life to public service, and is in the top 25 percent of their graduating class.
Cadet Brennin Colegrove, Pasadena, Maryland
Major: Physics and Computer Science
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Colegrove

North and South Carolina Society of the Order of Founders and Patriots Award
This award is given to the cadet who has best shown through his superior historical scholarship an exceptional understanding of and a respect for our founding forefathers and revolutionary patriots and their sacrifices in defense of our nation.
Cadet Patricia Thibodeau, Clermont, Georgia
Major: History
Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Thibodeau

Society of the Daughters of the American Colonists Silver Bowl Award
This award is presented annually by the Daughters of the American Colonists to the graduating cadet with the best record of conduct and discipline during the cadet’s time at The Citadel.
Cadet Brennin Colegrove
Major: Physics and Computer Science
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Colegrove

Gen. William Moultrie Sons of the American Revolution Army Sword
This award is presented annually by the Sons of the American Revolution to the most outstanding cadet being commissioned in the U.S. Army. The sword is awarded in recognition of the superior academic and
leadership skills that the recipient has demonstrated during four years as a cadet
Cadet Tyler Hitter
Major: Business Administration
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Hitter

Star of the West
This award has been presented annually since 1886 to the best drilled cadet in the Corps of Cadets. Two cadets from each battalion compete prior to the winner being named.
Cadet Marqus Javon Ross
Major: Business Administration
Son of Paul and Phyllis Ross

Wade Hampton Saber
The award is given annually by the South Carolina Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy to the first-class (senior) cadet who demonstrates outstanding leadership and who makes the greatest contribution to The Citadel while a cadet.
Cadet Austin Neal, Charlotte, North Carolina
Major: Business Administration
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Neal

Walter Ballard Clark Award
Members of The Citadel's Army ROTC instructor group established the award in 1977 to honor Col. Walter Ballard Clark's service in the military and at The Citadel. Clark, Citadel Class of 1951, was a professor of military science and commandant of cadets from 1974 to 1977.
Cadet Andrew Heath, Easton, Pennsylvania
Major: Criminal Justice
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Heath

Widder Award
The Widder Award is presented annually in memory of Capt. David Widder, a 1959 Citadel graduate who was killed in Vietnam while serving in the Army. The award recognizes the distinguished military student in Army ROTC who has best exhibited the qualities of devotion to duty, exemplary conduct, military and academic excellence and unquestionable character.
Cadet Daniel Fitzgerald, Wethersfield, Conneticut
Major: Political Science
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wethersfield

William G. Willard Jr. Award
The award is presented annually to the second-class (junior) cadet selected by the senior cadet leadership - the regimental commander, the executive officer and the four battalion commanders - for exemplifying the qualities of integrity, devotion to duty, and service to The Citadel. The award was established by Willard’s widow. Willard, Citadel Class of 1929, was founder of Willard Oil Co. in Spartanburg, S.C.
Cadet Clinton L. Handelson
Major: Business Administration
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Handelson

The Major William Marks Hutson Award
The award is presented annually at The Citadel to a second-class (junior) cadet selected for outstanding leadership ability, academic standing and devotion to duty. It is given by Col. And Mrs. J.C. Hutson in memory of their son, Maj. William M. Hutson, U.S. Air Force, Class of 1939, who was killed in service in World War II.
Cadet Lauren Fleming, Anderson, South Carolina
Major: Health, Exercise, and Sport Science (Health and Wellness/Professional Track
Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Davis S. Fleming

William Porcher Dubose Award
The award is presented annually by the General Organization of the United Daughters of the Confederacy to the first honor graduate in memory of Cadet Dubose, who was a citizen soldier, first honor graduate and ranking cadet in the Class of 1855.
Cadet Julius Grady Siler V
Major: Political Science (Law and Legal Studies)
Son of Julius Grady Siler IV

School of Business Administration
Wall Street Journal Award
The award is presented annually to the graduating senior selected by business administration faculty as the most outstanding major in the school.
Cadet Donnie R. Rushing Jr.
Major: Business Administration
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Donnie R. Rushing Sr.

The Becker CPA Review Scholarship for Success
The Becker CPA Review Scholarship for Success is awarded annually to 50 deserving students from across the United States aspiring to become Certified Public Accountants (CPA). The nominees for the scholarship must demonstrate high moral character and leadership qualities and aspire to achieve significant career goals. The recipients of the scholarship will receive the complete Becker CPA Review Course worth over $2800.00.
Cadet Michael David Westfall
Major: Business Administration
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Westfall

School of Education 
Col. Charles E. Hirshey Award
This award recognizes the most outstanding teacher education graduate.
Cadet Patrick J. Rogers
Major: Physical Education (Teaching)
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey K. Rogers

The Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Award
The Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Award is presented annually to the graduating senior in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences who best represents the commitment to academic excellence, the breadth of intellectual interests, and the dedication to public service exemplified by the life and career of Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Citadel Class of 1964; State Legislator, 1968-1974; and Mayor of Charleston, 1975-present.
Cadet Julius Grady Siler V
Major: Political Science (Law and Legal Studies)
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Grady Silver IV

School of Engineering
Col. Louis S. LeTellier Award
This award is presented annually to the member of the school’s graduating class that has attained the highest academic grade point average in civil engineering.
Cadet Bradley R. Roberson
Major: Civil engineering
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Rand

Peter Gaillard Memorial Award
This award is presented in memory of Gaillard, Class of 1948, and recognizes exceptional electrical and computer engineering cadets leadership, academic achievement and participating in extracurricular activities.
Cadet Charles K. Lehman
Major: Electrical engineering
Son of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Lehman Jr.

School of Science and Mathematics
Dr. Frances Eugene Zemp Award
This award is presented to a senior in the pre-med field with the highest academic average.
Cadet V. Paul Brancato
Major: Biology
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Salvatore Brancato

Thomas Francis McGarey Award
This award is given annually by Miriam M. Favorite in memory of her father, Thomas Francis McGarey, Citadel Class of 1914. It is presented to the senior with the highest scholastic rating in the field of natural science.
Cadet Michael R. Pierce
Major: Biology
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Pierce

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