South Carolina Corps of Cadets Awards Convocation – 2015
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Some members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets have a new item to add to their resumes. Cadets and students were recognized for excellence in areas of academics, leadership and service at the 2015 Awards Convocation event. Jim Whetstone, Class of 1960, and his wife, Lila, sponsored the awards program which was held at McAlister Field House
The following 45 cadets and cadet company who earned special recognition are:
Air Force ROTC Distinguished Graduates — Savannah Emmrich & Harley Martin
The award is presented to the senior cadet scheduled for commissioning who most exemplifies the core values of the United States Air Force. In addition, this individual has demonstrated throughout his or her cadet career exceptional leadership skill, scholastic aptitude, integrity, service to others, and overall excellence.
Air Force ROTC Award for Academic Excellence — Savannah Emmrich
The award is presented to the senior cadet, scheduled for Air Force commissioning, who has achieved the highest cumulative grade point average over the entire spectrum of academic coursework during his or her cadet career.
Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Award — Jason Shea
The award is presented to the top Naval ROTC student in the disciplines of electrical or communications science. The award is being presented for the first time at The Citadel.
The American Legion College Award — Harley Martin
The award is presented to a first class cadet who has demonstrated qualities of military leadership, discipline, and citizenship. The key attributes considered in this selection are service to others, dedication to values, and honor to self and country.
Association of Military Colleges & Schools of the U.S. — John Sefcik
The award is presented to a graduating member of the Corps of Cadets who exemplifies the finest traditions of The Citadel and best represents the end result of its mission.
Athletic Officer of the Year Award — Richard J. Hicks
The award is presented to senior cadets who assist in the management of the college physical effectiveness program which includes the Corps physical fitness test, weight management program, and remedial physical training. In addition, they are responsible for the coordination and execution of the Corps of Cadets intramural program. The criteria considered in choosing the most outstanding company officer are participation and organization; enthusiasm and involvment; and sportsmanship and fair play.
Intramural Athletes of the Year— Shadi M. Armaly & Carli E. Cline
The award is presented to a male and female cadet who has shown outstanding performance in non-varsity athletics. The criteria include athleticism, sportsmanship, and spirit of competition.
The Board of Visitors Trophy — Papa Company
The award is presented to the cadet company that excels in physical effectiveness, one of the four pillars of the college. Companies earn points for performance in the Corps physical fitness test along with participation and performance in company athletics.
The Club Sport Captain of the Year — Zachariah J. Cushman
The award is presented in honor of Harry G. Hitopoulos, Citadel Class of 1952, and Citadel boxing coach from 1982 to 2006. It is designated for the club sport captain who has provided exemplary leadership on and off the playing field and chosen by the club sports’ captains with the battalion and company athletic officers.
The Brigadier Foundation Award — Robert Ashton Moore
The award is presented to the senior athlete who has brought credit to him or herself and The Citadel as a member of a Citadel athletic team
The Colonel Floyd W. Brown, Jr. Memorial Award — YoungGun Kim
The award is presented to a first class cadet who has contributed to the success of cadet life and best exhibits the highest degree in the customs and courtesies of a cadet, citizen, and soldier. Nominees must also possess unswerving love and loyalty to the traditions of The Citadel
The Mark W. Clark Honor Committee Award — John C. Daniels
The award is presented to the member of the honor committee judged to have made the greatest contribution to the honor system throughout the school year.
The Walter B. Clark Award — Cameron Pollard
The award is presented to the cadet who achieves the highest overall standing at the Army ROTC advanced camp.
The Congressional Medal of Honor — Cameron Pollard
The award is presented to the graduating first class cadet considered the most outstanding in the performance of cadet and military activities who will be commissioned into the Armed Forces.
The LTC Harvey M. Dick Official U.S. Army Sword — Kate Koller
The award is presented to the most outstanding cadet being commissioned in the United States Army. The sword is awarded in recognition of the superior academic and leadership skills which the recipient has demonstrated as a cadet.
The Todd L. Dorney Award — Brooks Wagstaff
The award is presented to an Army contract cadet ranked in the top 10% of his or her class. The cadet must also have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and exemplify qualities of leadership and respect of peers. Lt. Dorney was a member of the Class of 1980. His parents established this award in his memory.
The William Porscher Dubose Award — Tanner Jameson
The award is presented to the first honor graduate in memory of Cadet Dubose who was a citizen solder, first honor graduate and ranking cadet of the Class of 1855.
The Captain Ryan Hall Leadership Sword — Andrew B. McMahan
In 2012 Captain Ryan Hall, Class of 2004, was killed while in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His U-28A aircraft crashed in the East African nation of Djibouti. Created by his classmates, this award is presented annually to the rising senior Air Force contract cadet who has excelled in academics and leadership and must exemplify the values and attributes of Captain Hall: integrity, loyalty, strength of character, honor, dedication, leadership, and service before self. The sword is carried throughout the recipient’s senior year then passed to the next year’s award selectee.
The Wade Hampton Saber Award — Savannah Emmrich
The award is presented annually by the South Carolina division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, to the member of the first class who is most outstanding in leadership and who makes the greatest contribution to The Citadel while a cadet.
The Carlisle Norwood Hastie Award — John Ogden
The award is presented to the graduating first class cadet who has been selected by classmates for showing the most tact, consideration, and courtesy to fellow cadets.
The Hemingway Award — Marshall Harris
The award is presented to the first class cadet who throughout his or her cadet career made the greatest contribution as a Christian cadet on the athletic field and to the spiritual life of the Corps of Cadets. It is named for Marine Corps Lt. Colonel Thomas E. Hemingway, Citadel Class of 1960.
The Lt. Col. Leigh Arnold Hochreich Memorial Award — Tanner Jameson
The award is presented to a first class cadet who best displays strong character, love of fellow man, patriotism, loyalty, and devotion to The Citadel.
The Major William Marks Hutson Award — Luis Parrado
The award is presented to the rising first class cadet who portrays outstanding leadership ability, academic standing, and devotion to duty.
The John Paul Jones Award — James R. Urban
The award is sponsored by the Charleston Commandery Naval Order of the United States. It recognizes a Navy ROTC midshipman second class who has demonstrated leadership excellence and military bearing personifying the high ideals and principles which motivated and sustained our naval forefathers. The Citadel professor of naval science selects the recipient of the sword.
The Brigadier General James E. Mace Leadership Award — Brittany Crocker
The award is presented to a first class cadet being commissioned in the military who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the day to day running of the Corps of Cadets. The individual must exhibit unswerving love for The Citadel along with the leadership traits of honor, self-discipline, courage, patriotism, high moral standards, and service to fellow cadets.
The Lt. Dan Malcomb, Jr. Memorial Sword — Kevin T. Lowring
The award is given in memory of Lt. Malcomb, United States Marine Corps and Citadel Class of 2001. Lt. Malcomb was struck by a sniper’s bullet in 2004 during Operation Al Fajr in Iraq and was posthumously awarded the bronze star with combat distinguishing service.
The General George C. Marshall Award — Cameron Pollard
The award is presented to a first class cadet being commissioned in the United States Army. The recipient must be the top graduating senior from the cadet battalion, have completed the leadership development and assessment course and have demonstrated leadership and scholastic qualities that epitomize the career of General George C. Marshall.
The McAlister Student Activities Award — Evin Fowler
The award is presented to the first class cadet who has made the greatest contribution to the department of cadet activities.
The Carolina Cadet Medal of Merit Award — Christopher D’Esposito
The award is presented to an outstanding first class cadet who exemplifies the traits of leadership, scholastic achievement, conduct and participation in cadet and college activities.
The CNO Distinguished Midshipman Graduate — Kevin T. Lowring
The award was established to honor those naval reserve officers training Corps midshipmen who demonstrate the highest standards of leadership, scholarship, and military performance.
The Military Order of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Award — Marc Eteve
The award is presented to a senior cadet who has excelled in ROTC, leadership, and the study of military history. The individual must be scheduled for commissioning in the United States military and in good academic and disciplinary standing.
The Robert G. Miller Memorial Sword — Ricardo A. Caporale
The award was established by the children of Robert G. Miller as a memorial to their father who dedicated his life to public service. During World War II, Tech Sergeant Miller served in the seventh and third Army under General Patton seeing action in the “Battle of the Bulge.” The sword is awarded to either a Navy midshipman or officer candidate who has excelled in a Navy battalion leadership position, devoted their time to public service, and is in the top 25% of his or her graduating class.
The Navy League Sword in Honor of Captain H. Carl Josephson & Family — Colt Kirkpatrick
The award is presented by the Charleston Council of the Navy League, is awarded to a Navy option cadet or Active Duty student who has demonstrated superior academic and leadership skills during four years at The Citadel. The sword is sponsored by Mrs. Fran Josephson-Suddeth in memory of her husband, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in 1952 and commanding officer of the USS Trumpetfish.
The Navy League Sword in Honor of B.G. William Lee Smith — Morgan G. Bartra
The award is presented by the Charleston Council of the Navy League, is awarded to a Marine Corps option cadet or active duty student who has demonstrated superior academic and leadership skills during four years at The Citadel. In memory of her husband, Mrs. Jane Williams-Mays established this award.
The South Carolina Societies of the Order of Founders and Patriots — Chance Baker
The award is presented to the cadet who has best shown through his or her superior historical scholarship an exceptional understanding of and a respect for our founding forefathers and revolutionary patriots and their sacrifices as well as those who have defended our nation since that time.
The Naval Submarine League Award — Justin Gould
The award is presented to one Naval ROTC student who has not only excelled in academics and military performance but is the number one student who has been selected to serve in the submarine community as a Naval officer.
The Col. Joseph E. Perkins Honor Committee Award — Kyle Wise
The award is presented to a member of the honor committee in recognition of invaluable service to the Corps of Cadets by upholding and promoting the high ideals of The Citadel honor system.
The Reuben B. Pitts, III, Memorial Award — Matthew C. Scalise
The award is given in memory of Cadet Reuben B. Pitts, III, Class of 1963, to the second class cadet who is selected by classmates as showing the greatest concern for the well-being of others. The poll is conducted by the junior class officers.
The Daughters of the American Colonists Silver Bowl Award — Nicole Ogilbee
The award is presented by the Daughters of the American Colonists to the graduating cadet with the best record in conduct and discipline during the cadet’s time at The Citadel.
The Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Award — Haley Osmer
The award is an annual recognition of the cadet who wins the Corps-wide speaking competition. The award was established in 2011 by the oral communications lab to spotlight talented cadet speakers and to honor Mr. Henry D. Smith, Citadel Class of 1947, who established the lab. As an entrepreneur he founded a privately owned company in 1954 which grew into one of the nation’s largest distributors of pharmaceutical products.
The Special Forces Association Award of Excellence — Angelica McNerny
The award is presented to a freshman or sophomore cadet who is contracted in one of The Citadel ROTC departments, who displays scholastic excellence, military proficiency, leadership qualities, and dedication to mission.
The Star of the West Award — Ryan Salke
The award has been presented annually since 1886 to the best drilled cadet in the Corps of Cadets. Two cadets from each battalion competed on May 6, 2015. The award is sponsored by The Citadel Star of the West Foundation. The judges evaluated the correct form of each drill command given to include the position of the weapon; arm, body and foot position; head movement; and precision and snap of the movement. A total of 20 different commands were given.
The Widder Award — John Brosch
The award was established by Mr. and Mrs. John D. Widder in honor of their son, Captain David J. Widder, United States Army, Citadel Class of 1959, who was killed in action in Vietnam. It is presented to the most outstanding distinguished military student in Army ROTC. Of note, Mr. and Mrs. Widder passed away with no heirs and no funds for this award. In honor of their classmate the Class of 1959 raised money in 2005 to cover the award for the next 100 years. Each spring another member of the Class of 1959 has the honor of presenting the award.
The William G. Willard, Jr. Award — Zachary Salamone
The award is presented to a second class cadet who has been selected by the senior cadet leadership for exemplifying the qualities of integrity, devotion to duty, and service to The Citadel.
The Undergraduate of the Year Award — Karina Schneider
The award is presented to the graduating senior selected by the business administration faculty as the most outstanding major in the school of business administration.
The Col. Charles E. Hirshey Award — John Brosch
Dr. Charles Hirshey served as head of The Citadel’s department of education from 1969 through 1979. He was a pioneer in education in the Lowcountry and a founding member of the current Citadel Graduate College. Each spring The Colonel Charles E. Hirshey award recognizes the most outstanding graduate in teacher education.
The Col. Louis Shephard LeTellier Award — Zachary Eulo
The award is presented to the member of the graduating class attaining the highest academic grade point ratio in civil engineering.
The Peter Galliard Memorial Award — Carson A. Smith
The award is presented in memory of an outstanding 1948 graduate of The Citadel’s electrical engineering department. It recognizes an exceptional electrical and computer engineering senior cadet on the basis of scholastic attainment, leadership, and participation in extracurricular activities.
The Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Award — James R. Daniell
The award is presented 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 from 1968 through 1974; and Mayor of Charleston from 1975 to present. The criteria is based on cumulative grade point ratio and successful completion of either a minor or second major within the school of humanities and social sciences, a study abroad, or a significant service learning project.
The School of Science and Mathematics Outstanding Student Award — Sam Long
The award was created to recognize superior academic achievement by an undergraduate student majoring in one of the school’s disciplines.
The Dr. Francis Eugene Zemp Award — Barrett Bradham
The award is presented to the senior cadet in the field of pre-med with the highest academic average.
The Thomas Francis McGarey Award — Shane Heydon
The award is given annually by Mrs. Miriam M. Favorite in memory of her father, Thomas Francis McGarey, Citadel Class of 1914. It is presented to the senior cadet with the highest scholastic ranking in the field of natural science.
The Honorable Falcon Black Hawkins, Jr. Award — Morgan G. Bartra
The award is dedicated to the late Falcon B. Hawkins, Citadel Class of 1958 and United States district court judge for South Carolina. He served as chief judge from 1990 through 1993. Judge Hawkins was a man of great patience, wisdom, and humility, who throughout his life consistently demonstrated enormous integrity and sound judgement. This award recognizes The Citadel veteran cadet or day student who, like Judge Hawkins, has demonstrated patience, wisdom, humility, academic achievement, servant leadership, and sound judgement while always setting the example as a person of integrity.
Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Award
These individuals were nominated by the college department heads and chosen by the Who’s Who selection committee based on strength of character, academic achievement, military achievement and leadership, participation, leadership and excellence in cadet activities; and participation and excellence in athletics at the varsity, intramural or club sports level.
Philip Bergen, Jr.