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Citadel News Service
9 May 2009

First and second honor graduates named


More Class of 2009 commencement news

The Citadel on Saturday, May 9, during commencement for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets named its honor graduates. First Honor Graduate is Cadet Julius Grady Siler V and Second Honor Graduate is Charles Dustin Brackett.

The David Shingler Spell Honor Graduates awards program recognizes the two cadets with the highest academic achievement. Spell, who sponsors the award, is a member of The Citadel Class of 1950 and a resident of Charleston, S.C.

Cadet Julius Grady Silver of Travelers Rest, S.C., earned both the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Law and Legal Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in French.

While a cadet, Siler served as First Battalion activities officer, First Battalion honor representative and was a member of the Summerall Guards silent drill platoon. He also served as president of Pi Delta Phi National French Honor Society, president of Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society, president of the French Club, and secretary of the Modern Languages Student Council. He was recently inducted into Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

Siler is a recipient of the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Award from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Order of Lafayette French Award and the Col. James K. Coleman Award from the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice.

A resident of Sweetwater, Tenn., Brackett earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. He completed his degree requirements in December 2008. 

Brackett was chosen by the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice to participate in the Thailand International Criminal Justice Program offered through Kennesaw State University. He lived and studied at Chulalongkorn University with excursions to Chiangmai, Rayong, and Nakorn Pathom. He also has been chosen for membership in Alpha Phi Sigma, the Criminal Justice Honor Society and has been awarded the Joseph D. Aiken Award for academic achievement in criminal justice.

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