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Citadel News Service
23 Apr 2010

Students win ASCE championship and advance to national competition

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Citadel civil engineering students competed in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Carolinas Conference, an annual event involving nine colleges and universities in Georgia and the Carolinas.  More than 250 civil engineering students participated in the 12-event regional competition held at Duke University.  The Citadel placed in seven events and was awarded the conference championship, marking the third time the college has taken first place in the conference.

Students demonstrated great teamwork and academic versatility in a wide range of civil engineering disciplines, placing first in the environmental competition, first in quiz bowl, first in the service mentoring project, second in steel bridge, third in balsa wood bridge, and forth in concrete canoe.  The 43-member Citadel team included cadets, active duty and evening students.

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By placing second in the steel bridge competition, The Citadel qualified to advance to nationals hosted by Purdue University in late May.

“With the conference win, it is clear Citadel students are working hard to lead the way in civil engineering, however equally important, Citadel students were the leaders in promoting good spirited competition among all of the competing schools,” said Tom Hill, chief ASCE official presiding over the event.

“The fact we were able to be competitive with the region’s larger colleges is an indication of the commitment of our students and faculty.  It was an honor to be a part of such a great team.  This was the single most privileged accomplishment of my college career,” said Cadet James K. Aton, captain of the concrete canoe team.

Citadel students first won the ASCE championship in 1999 and then again in 2007.

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