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Citadel News Service
2 May 2013

Nationally recognized cadets among the Awards Convocation honorees

Citadel athletes who earned national recognition this year were among the many students honored today during the annual Awards Convocation in conjunction with Commencement Week at The Citadel.

The Bulldog Pistol Team, a club sport, has a long history of outstanding performance since 1981, producing 29 All-Americans, 10 selectees for U.S. Olympic Team development, six qualifiers for the National Junior Olympic championships and three national titles.

For the first time this year, The Citadel Pistol Team qualified:

  • to compete in five team events and four individual events at the 32nd National Collegiate Pistol Championship.
  • the women's team to compete in Olympic sport pistol and air pistol
  • two individual women in Olympic sport pistol and for the All-American team.
  • its first men's team in 11 individual firing contests.

Basketball center and team captain Mike Groselle and NCAA All American freshman wrestler Ugi Khishigyam, who finished 4th at the NCAA national wrestling championships this year were also lauded.

Groselle this spring was named Senior Class First Team All American, a national recognition he received alongside players from Duke, Indiana, Leheigh and Bucknell. Khishigyam, in addition to his outstanding performance at the national wrestling championships, was named Southern Conference Freshman of the Year; First Team All-Conference and All Freshman Team this year. After winning three straight matches at the NCAA championships he became the first Citadel wrestler to reach the national semi-finals.

Click on these links to go to this year's:
Academic department awards
Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges

Here is a list of all the cadets honored and awards presented 2012-2013.

The Special Forces Association Award of Excellence

The Special Forces Association Award of Excellence is being presented this year for the first time. It will be given annually to a freshman or sophomore cadet who is contracted to enter the military after graduation and who displays scholastic excellence, military proficiency, leadership and dedication to mission.
Kevin Lowring

William Porcher Dubose Award

The award is presented annually by the General Organization of the United Daughters of the Confederacy to an honor graduate in memory of Cadet Dubose, who was a citizen soldier, first honor graduate and ranking cadet in the class of 1855.
Charles Michael Sackett

star of the west winner 2013

Cadet Capt. Michael Czyrnik won the 2013 Star of the West Best Drilled cadet competition again this year.

Star of the West

This award has been presented annually since 1886 to the best drilled cadet in the Corps of Cadets. Two cadets from each battalion complete prior to the winner being named.
Michael Czyrnik

Air Force ROTC Distinguished Graduate

Chosen annually by The Citadel Air Force ROTC Department, this award recognizes a senior who will commission and most exemplifies the core values of the U.S. Air Force. The recipient must also have demonstrated exceptional leadership skill, scholastic aptitude, integrity, service to others and overall excellence throughout his or her cadet career.
Djordan-Lee Porter

Air Force ROTC Award for Academic Excellence

The Air Force ROTC Award for Academic Excellence recognizes a commissioning senior who achieved the highest cumulative grade point average in all academic coursework at The Citadel.
Leleia Hsia

American Legion College Award

The award is presented to a senior cadet in recognition of the qualities of honor, courage, scholarship, military leadership, discipline and citizenship. Key attributes are service to others, dedication to values as well as honor to self and country.
Micah Moore

Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States

The award is given to a senior who best exemplifies the finest traditions of The Citadel and best represents the college's mission of achieving excellence in the education of principled leaders.
Carter Elms

Distinguished Instrumentalist Award

The Distinguished Instrumentalist Award was established to encourage musical growth and excellence for a Citadel piper. Known as one of the most difficult instruments to master, the bagpipe requires enormous memorization and the ability to tackle challenging musical arrangements.
Andrew McManus

Board of Visitors Trophy

This trophy is awarded annually to the cadet company that wins the regimental intramural championship.
Delta Company

The Club Sport Captain of the Year

The award is presented in honor of Harry G. Hitopoulos, Class of 1952, and Citadel boxing coach from 1982 to 2006. It is awarded to the club sport captain who has provided exemplary leadership on and off the playing field.
Brian Taptick

Athletic Officer of the Year Award

The award is presented to the athletic officer who, in the opinion of fellow athletic officers, demonstrates outstanding leadership in administration of unit athletics.
Cameron Hooks

Intramural Athletes of the Year

Each year the battalion and company athletic officers nominate and select cadets who have shown outstanding performance in intramural competition demonstrating athleticism, sportsmanship and competitive spirit.
Donavan Bennett
Paris Scott

The Brigadier Foundation President's Award

The Brigadier Foundation President's Award is voted on annually by members of the graduating class. It recognizes a senior athlete who has contributed the most to The Citadel's athletic program and the Corps of Cadets.
Odie Delaney

The Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Award

The Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Award is named in honor of Henry Smith, a 1947 graduate of The Citadel and chairman emeritus of H.D. Smith & Co., one of the nation's largest wholesale drug companies. The award goes to the winner of the annual cadet public speaking competition sponsored by The Citadel Oral Communications Lab.
Navy OC Michael Lacey

The South Carolina Cadet Medal of Merit Award

The adjutant general of South Carolina presents the award to an outstanding senior cadet who exemplifies the traits of leadership, scholastic achievement, good conduct as well as participation in cadet and college activities.
Chelsea Marsh

Carlisle Norwood Hastie Award

The award is presented annually at The Citadel to the graduating senior cadet who is selected by classmates as showing the greatest concern for the well-being of other cadets.
Tyler Smith

Col. Floyd W. Brown, Jr. Memorial Award

The award is presented annually to a senior cadet who will commission into the military. It recognizes the cadet who has contributed to the success of the Department of Cadet Activities and best exhibits the highest degree of customs and courtesies as a cadet, citizen and soldier. He or she must possess love and loyalty to The Citadel traditions of courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship, loyalty, high moral standards and service.
Caleb Black

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society Award

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society Award is presented annually to the graduating senior cadet considered the most outstanding in the performance of the Corps of Cadets as well as military activities and will commission into the armed forces. The commandant of cadets as well as the professors of the aerospace studies, military and naval science departments pick the recipient.
Matthew Holliday

Lt. Dan Malcom Jr. Memorial Sword

The Marine Officer's Mameluck Sword is presented in memory of 1st Lt. Dan Malcom Jr., Class of 2001, who was killed in 2004 in Iraq. It recognizes a cadet for leadership and dedication while a member of The Citadel Naval ROTC.
Marine Staff Sgt. John Vroom

The Todd L. Dorney Award

The award is presented annually in memory of Army Lt. Todd L. Dorney, a 1980 Citadel graduate. The sword goes to a senior under Army ROTC contract whose ROTC performance is in the top 10 percent of the class.
Phillip Martin

The General George C. Marshall Award

This award is presented annually to a senior cadet commissioning into the Army. The recipient must be the top graduating senior in his or her cadet battalion, have completed the Leadership Development and Assessment Course and have demonstrated the leadership and scholastic qualities that epitomize the career of George C. Marshall.
Geoffrey Dennis

The Captain Ryan Hall Leadership Sword

The Captain Ryan Hall Leadership Sword is presented annually to the rising senior Air Force contract cadet who has excelled in academics and leadership. The recipient exemplifies the values and attributes of Hall: integrity, loyalty, strength of character, honor, dedication, leadership and service before self. Hall, Citadel Class of 2004, was killed Feb. 18, 2012 while in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The sword will be carried throughout the cadet's senior year, until it is again passed on to another deserving Air Force cadet.
Stewart Gress

The Hemingway Award

The award is given to the senior 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. Col. Thomas E. Hemingway, class of 1960.
Rachael Farrell

Lt. Col. Leigh Arnold Hochreich Memorial Fund Award

This award is presented annually to a senior cadet based on patriotism, love of fellow man, loyalty, humor and dedication to The Citadel.
Andrew Cerchio

Brig. Gen. James Emory Mace Leadership Award

The award is presented annually to a senior cadet who will commission in the military and demonstrates outstanding leadership in the day-to-day running of the Corps of Cadets. The cadet must exhibit unwavering love for The Citadel along with the leadership traits of honor, self-discipline, courage, patriotism, high moral standards and service to fellow cadets. The award is named after a former commandant of cadets and 1963 Citadel graduate.
Michael Sparks

Mark W. Clark Honor Committee Award for Exemplary Service

This award is presented to a member of the Honor Committee judged to have made the greatest contribution to the honor system throughout the school year.
Tyler Smith

Military Order of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Award

The award is presented annually at The Citadel to a senior cadet who is in good academic and disciplinary standing, has excelled in a ROTC program, and demonstrates leadership and study of military history. He or she is a proactive cadet who will commission into the United States military upon graduation.
Steven Foster

The Navy League Sword

The Charleston Council of the Navy League presents the award annually to the most outstanding cadet commissioning into the U.S. Navy. The sword is awarded in recognition of superior academic and leadership skills demonstrated during four years as a Citadel cadet. The award is presented in honor of Capt. H. Carl Josephson and family.
Dimitri Paspalaris

The Honorable Falcon Black Hawkins Jr. Award

Falcon Hawkins, Citadel class of 1958, was a dedicated United States District Court Judge for South Carolina and served as Chief Judge from 1990 until 1993. This award recognizes the veteran student at The Citadel who, like Hawkins, has demonstrated patience, wisdom, humility, academic achievement, servant leadership and sound judgment while always setting an example as a person of integrity.
Marine Staff Sgt. Jose Vigil

Brig. Gen. William Lee Smith Sword

The Charleston Council of the Navy League presents the award annually to the most outstanding cadet being commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps. The sword recognizes superior academic and leadership skills demonstrated during Joiner's four years at The Citadel.
Ryan Ayer

D.S. McAlister Student Activities Award

The award is presented to the senior cadet who has made the greatest contribution to the Department of Cadet Activities.
Tyler Smith

Col. Joseph E. Perkins Honor Committee Award

This award is presented annually 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.
Andrew Phillips

The Reuben B. Pitts III Memorial Award

This award is given in memory of Cadet Reuben B. Pitts III, class of 1963, to the junior cadet selected by his or her classmates as showing the greatest concern for the well-being of others.
Lawrence Jordan

The Robert G. Miller Sword

This award is given to a graduating Navy midshipman or officer candidate who has excelled in a Navy Battalion leadership position, devoted his or her life to public service and is in the top 25 percent of his or her graduating class.
Derek Bernsen

The South Carolina Societies of the Order of Founders and Patriots Award

This award is given to the cadet who has best shown, through his superior historical scholarship, exceptional understanding of and respect for our founding forefathers and revolutionary patriots as well as their sacrifices in defense of our nation.
Andrew Metz

Daughters of the American Colonists Silver Bowl Award

This award is presented annually by the Daughters of the American Colonists to the graduating cadet with the best record of conduct and discipline during the cadet's time at The Citadel.
Nicholas Slater

Wade Hampton Saber

The award is given annually by the South Carolina Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy to the first-class (senior) cadet who demonstrates outstanding leadership and who makes the greatest contribution to The Citadel while a cadet.
Patrick Nugent

Walter Ballard Clark Award

Members of The Citadel's Army ROTC instructor group established the award in 1977 to honor Col. Walter Ballard Clark's service in the military and at The Citadel. Clark, Citadel class of 1951, was a professor of military science and commandant of cadets from 1974 to 1977.
Carter Elms

Widder Award

The Widder Award is presented annually in memory of Capt. David Widder, a 1959 Citadel graduate who was killed in Vietnam while serving in the Army. The award recognizes the distinguished military student in Army ROTC who has best exhibited the qualities of devotion to duty, exemplary conduct, military and academic excellence and unquestionable character.
Caleb Black

William G. Willard Jr. Award

The award is presented annually to the junior cadet selected by the senior cadet leadership - the regimental commander, the executive officer and the four battalion commanders - for exemplifying the qualities of integrity, devotion to duty and service to The Citadel. The award was established by Willard's widow. Willard, Citadel Class of 1929, was founder of Willard Oil Co. in Spartanburg, S.C.
Austin May

Maj. William Marks Hutson Award

The award is presented annually at The Citadel to a junior cadet selected for outstanding leadership ability, academic standing and devotion to duty. It is presented in memory of Maj. William M. Hutson, U.S. Air Force and Citadel Class of 1939, who was killed in service in World War II.
Sam Seigler

The Lt. Col. Harvey M. Dick Official United States Army Sword

This award is presented annually by the Society of the Sons of the American Revolution to the most outstanding cadet being commissioned in the U.S. Army. The sword is awarded in recognition of the superior academic and leadership skills that the recipient has demonstrated during four years as a cadet.
Michael Hagen

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