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Citadel News Service
25 Feb 2006

Two cadets received prestigious awards

Cadet Col. Ogden Nash of Hilton Head Island and Cadet Maj. Megan McAuliffe of Westminster, Md., received major awards from The Society of the Cincinnati during Friday's military dress parade.

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Cadet Ogden Nash
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Cadet Megan McAuliffe

Nash was presented with The Society of the Cincinnati Citadel Medal while McAuliffe received the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation award.

The Society of the Cincinnati award is given annually to the senior cadet officer who best exemplifies the combined qualities of a good soldier and a good citizen. These citizen-soldier characteristics are modeled after Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, a Roman farmer who became a successful general. Charter members of the Society of the Cincinnati include George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Marquis de Lafayette.

Nash, the top ranking cadet officer, is the 2006 regimental commander. A native of Estill, S.C., Nash has made Gold Stars, Dean's List, the President's List and Commandant's List. His campus activities include volunteering with the Buddy Program, coaching basketball for mentally and physically challenged people and working with Special Olympics. He is a psychology major.

Nash served for two years as president of The Citadel's chapter of Psi Chi, the national psychology honor society. As a junior, he received the Major William Marks Hutson award for leadership, academic excellence and devotion to duty.

An Army contract cadet, Nash will receive his commission as an Army officer upon his graduation in May 2006.

The Gen. Douglas MacArthur Award recognizes cadets who excel in athletics, academics and leadership. It is among the college's most prestigious annual awards.

McAuliffe, the regimental provost marshal, is a physical education major. She is a 2002 graduate of the Catholic High School of Baltimore. She is scheduled to graduate from The Citadel in May.

While at The Citadel, McAuliffe has excelled in academics. She has received Gold Stars and been named to the Dean's List and has been named to the Southern Conference Honor Roll, Athletic Directors Honor Roll, Who's Who Among College Student and the National Scholars Society.

As regimental provost marshall, McAuliffe oversees safety, security, protocol, punishment supervision and the guard and duty teams. She has previously served as captain of the women's soccer team, athletic cadre commander, regimental provost sergeant, Delta Company clerk and athletic cadre armorer. She has also been a presidential aide and an active member of the Bio-Cid Club and Student-Athlete Committee.

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