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Citadel News Service
7 May 2016

The Citadel names First and Second Honor Graduates

Matthew Scalise and Austen Lee receive Corps of Cadets’ most prestigious honors

The David Shingler Spell First Honor Graduate Award is presented to the cadet graduate who has earned the highest cumulative grade point average based on all courses taken at The Citadel.

2nd Lt. Matthew Scalise, graduating with a degree in biology, received the prestigious award for the Class of 2016. Scalise has earned numerous scholarships and cadet awards. Recently, he received the Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation for Microbiology at the spring meeting of the South Carolina Branch of the American Society for Biology, the Skanchy Award, given to biology majors for outstanding research by a student, and the School of Science and Mathematics Outstanding Undergraduate Award.

In addition to earning a cumulative grade point average of 4.0, Scalise was a human affairs officer in Charlie Company. He plans to attend the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville. Scalise is from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Col. Gene Pinson, a member of The Citadel Board of Visitors, presented the award. Scalise received the traditional scholarship medal, a plaque and a stipend to be used for education expenses at the graduate level or at the discretion of the recipient. The award is sponsored by David Shingler Spell, Class of 1950 and a resident of Charleston, South Carolina.

The David Shingler Spell Second Honor Graduate Award is presented to the cadet graduate who has earned the second highest cumulative grade point ratio based on all courses taken at The Citadel. Cadet Austen Lee earned the prestigious award, which was presented by Col. Gene Pinson, a member of The Citadel Board of Visitors.

Lee, graduating with a degree in business, commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army the day before commencement ceremonies. In addition to serving as a First Battalion Honor Representative, Lee has achieved Gold Star honors by maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average for all four years at The Citadel.

Lee received a plaque and a stipend to be used for educational expenses at the graduate level or at the discretion of the recipient.

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