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Citadel News Service
6 May 2010

Awards Convocation honors nearly 50 cadets, active duty students

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Academic excellence, leadership and community service among cadets and active duty students were recognized Thursday, May 6, 2010, during The Citadel's annual Commencement Week Awards Convocation. Nearly 50 awards were presented during the event, one of several that will take place between now and commencement ceremonies on May 8 and May 9.

Commencement for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets is Saturday, May 8 and The Citadel Graduate College is Sunday, May 9. A complete schedule of events on other activities and information about commencment is available here.

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Al Gurganus (far right), retiring director of fellowships, was presented with the Federal Republic of Germany Award. The award is given annually by the German ambassador to extraordinary citizens to thank them for ongoing support of the German-American cause, creating mutual understanding and the continued international exchange of thoughts and ideas.

During the Awards Convocation, a surprise presentation was made to Al Gurganus, director of fellowships. Gurganus, who is retiring this year, was presented with the Federal Republic of Germany Friendship Award. The award is given annually by the German ambassador to extraordinary citizens to thank them for ongoing support of the German-American cause, creating mutual understanding and the continued international exchange of thoughts and ideas.

Gurganus’ career as a high school teacher and college professor spans 35 years with 21 of those spent at The Citadel. He has mentored numerous cadets and had a role in the selection of The Citadel’s Fulbright Truman scholars and the award of cadet grants to study across the U.S. and abroad at such places at Yale, Cambridge and universities in Austria, Germany and Turkey. Since 1992, 13 Citadel cadets have been awarded Fulbright scholarships and four have been selected as Truman Scholars.

Also recognized were the recipients of the 2010 ROTC Awards and the 2010 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Awards presented Thursday are as follows:

Air Force ROTC Distinguished Graduate for 2010
Chosen annually by The Citadel Air Force ROTC Department, this award recognizes a senior who will be commissioned who most exemplifies the core values of the U.S. Air Force. The recipient must also demonstrate throughout his or her cadet career exceptional leadership skill, scholastic aptitude, integrity, service to others and overall excellence.
Cadet Lt. Col. Jared Zentz, 4th Battalion commander

Air Force ROTC Award for Academic Excellence
The Air Force ROTC Award for Academic Excellence recognizes a senior who will be commissioned for achieving the highest cumulative grade point average in all academic coursework at The Citadel.
Cadet Capt. William Piepenbring, Palmetto Battery commander

American Legion College Award
This award is presented to the senior who has demonstrated qualities of military leadership, discipline and citizenship along with dedication to values and honor to self and country.
Cadet Lt. Col. Donald Dyer, regimental executive officer and chairman of the 2010 Honor Court

Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the U.S. President’s Award
The award is given to at first-class (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.
Cadet Lt. Col. Ryan Compton, 2nd Battalion commander

Board of Visitors Trophy
This trophy is awarded annually to the cadet company that wins the regimental intramural championship.
Oscar Company

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.
Cadet Lt. Jonathan Winfiled, Oscar Company
Cadet Krystal Brown, Golf Company

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, to the club sport captain who has provided exemplary leadership on and off the playing field.
Cadet Lt. Vivek V. Shah, 1st Battalion human affairs officer, captain of the soccer team

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, sportsmanship and enthusiasm in administration of unit athletics and the management of the college physical effectiveness program, which includes coordination of the intramural program, Corps physical fitness test, weight management program and remedial physical training.
Cadet Lt. Julian Walters, Golf Company Athletic Officer

The Brigadier Foundation President’s Award
The President’s Award is presented each year to a senior athlete who has brought credit to him or herself and The Citadel as a member of a Bulldog athletic team.
Cadet Capt. Jordan Gilmore, Lima Company and member of the football team

The Cadet Medal of Merit
The adjutant general of South Carolina presents the award to an outstanding first-class (senior) cadet who exemplifies the traits of leadership, scholastic achievement, conduct and participation in cadet and college activities.
Cadet Lt. Andrew D. Sakmar, Oscar Company platoon leader

Carlisle Norwood Hastie Award
The award is presented annually at The Citadel to the graduating first-class (senior) cadet who is selected by classmates as showing the greatest concern for the well being of other cadets.
Cadet Maj. William J. Swinton III, regimental human affairs officer

Col. Floyd W. Brown, Jr. Memorial Award
The award is presented annually to a first-class (senior) cadet who will be commissioned into the military. It recognizes the cadet who has contributed to the success of the Department of Cadet Activities, who best exhibits the highest degree of customs and courtesies of a cadet, citizen and soldier and who possesses love and loyalty to The Citadel traditions of courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship, loyalty, high moral standards and service.
Cadet Maj. William J. Swinton III, regimental human affairs officer

Congressional Medal of Honor Society Award
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society Award is presented annually to the graduating first-class (senior) cadet considered the most outstanding in the performance of Corps of Cadets and military activities and will be commissioned into the armed forces. The commandant of cadets and the professors of the aerospace studies and military and naval science departments pick the recipient.
Cadet Corey Baldwin, Mike Company executive officer

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.
Staff Sgt. Harold Coates, U.S. Marine Corps

Todd L. Dorney Memorial Sword and Scholarship
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.
Cadet Lt. Andrew D. Sakmar, Oscar Company platoon leader

George C. Marshall Award
This award is presented annually to the first class cadet being commissioned in the Army. The recipient must be the top graduating senior in the cadet battalion, must have completed the Leadership Development and Assessment Course and have demonstrated the leadership and scholastic qualities that epitomize the career of George C. Marshal.
Cadet Lt. Andrew D. Sakmar, Oscar Company platoon leader 

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.
Cadet Ryan N. Keiper, Bravo Company platoon leaders, member of football team

Lt. Col. Leigh Arnold Hochreich Memorial Award
This award is presented annually to a first-class (senior) cadet based on patriotism, love of fellow man, loyalty, humor, and dedication to The Citadel.
Cadet Captain Michael B. Burris, Jr., Delta Company commander

Brig. Gen. James Emory Mace Leadership Award
The award is presented annually to a first-class (senior) cadet who will be commissioned in the military and who 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 former Commandant of Cadets and 1963 Citadel graduate.
Cadet Col. Zachary S. Holliday, 2010 regimental commander

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.
Cadet Maj. James S. Barlow, vice chairman of the 2010 Honor Committee

D.S. McAlister Student Activities Award
The award is presented to the first class (senior) cadet who has made the greatest contribution to the Department of Cadet Activities.
Cadet Capt. Kortney D. Fink, regimental spirit officer

Military Order of Foreign Wars
The award is presented annually at The Citadel to a first-class (senior) cadet who is in good academic and disciplinary standing, who has excelled in the ROTC program, leadership and study of military history and is a proactive cadet who will be commissioned into the United States military upon graduation.
Cadet Maj. Phillip C. Westbrook, 4th Battalion executive officer

Capt. Carl H. Josephson Navy Memorial Sword
The Charleston Council of the Navy League presents the award annually to the most outstanding cadet being commissioned in the U.S. Navy. The sword is awarded in recognition of superior academic and leadership skills demonstrated during four years as a Citadel cadet.
Officer Candidate Joshua Bergeron, U.S. Navy

Brig. Gen. William Lee Smith Marine Corps 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, The Military College of South Carolina.
Cadet Aaron A. Riva, Mike Company

Col. Joseph E. Perkins Honor Committee Award
This award is presented annually to a member of the Honor Committee in recognition of invaluable serves to the Corps of Cadets by upholding and promoting the high ideals of The Citadel Honor System.
Cadet Maj. Ian R. Sweet, 4th Battalion honor rep

The Reuben B. Pitts III Memorial Award
This award is given in memory of Cadet Reuben B. Pitts III, Class of 1963, to the second class (junior) cadet selected by his or her classmates as showing the greatest concern for the well being of others.
Cadet Master Sgt. Steven A. Munoz, regimental activities NCO 

Robert G. Miller Memorial Sword
This award is given to a graduating Navy midshipman or officer candidates who has excelled in a Navy Battalion leadership position, has devoted their life to public service, and is in the top 25 percent of their graduating class.
Cadet Maj. Stephen K. Spalding, regimental religious officer

North and South Carolina Society of the Order of Founders and Patriots Award
This award is given to the cadet who has best shown through his superior historical scholarship an exceptional understanding of and a respect for our founding forefathers and revolutionary patriots and their sacrifices in defense of our nation.
Cadet Capt. William R. Piepenbring, Palmetto Battery commander

Society of the 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.
Cadet Col. Zachary S. Holliday, 2010 regimental commander

The Lt. Col. Harvey Dick Official United States Award
This award is presented annually by the Gen. William Moultrie Chapter 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.
Cadet Capt. Robert R. Heos, Charlie Company commander.

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.
Cadet Lt. Col. Lauren A. Fleming, 5th Battalion commander

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.
Cadet Capt. Michael W. Helfrich, 5th Battalion operations officer

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.
Cadet Lt. Andrew D. Sakmar, Oscar Company platoon leader

William G. Willard Jr. Award
The award is presented annually to the second-class (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.
Cadet Sgt. Maj. Cory R. Moyer, 5th Battalion sergeant major

Maj. William Marks Hutson Award
The award is presented annually at The Citadel to a second-class (junior) cadet selected for outstanding leadership ability, academic standing and devotion to duty. It is given by Col. and Mrs. J.C. Hutson in memory of their son, Maj. William M. Hutson, U.S. Air Force, Class of 1939, who was killed in service in World War II.
Cadet Master Sgt. Mitchell J. Buchanan, 1st Battalion sergeant major

The Wall Street Journal Award
The Wall Street Journal Award is presented every year by the business faculty to the most outstanding graduating senior in the School of Business Administration.
Cadet Col. Zachary S. Holliday, 2010 regimental commander

Becker CPA Review Scholarship for Success Award
Each year the Becker Certified Public Accounting Review presents a scholarship to 50 students from across the United States so that they may complete the Becker CPA Review Course, a prep class for taking the CPA qualifying exam. Nominees must demonstrate high moral character and leadership qualities and aspire to achieve significant career goals.
Cadet Matthew Rankin, Oscar Company

Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Award
The award is presented annually 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 till 1974, and mayor of Charleston from 1975 to present.
Cadet Maj. Daniel Walters, 2nd Battalion executive officer

Charles Hirshey Award
Each year the School of Education recognizes the most outstanding graduate in teacher education. The award is named for Charles Hirshey who served as head of education from 1969 to 1979. Hirshey was a pioneer in graduate education for the Lowcountry and a founding member of The Citadel Graduate College.
Cadet Lt. Ross Engstrom, 5th Battalion spirit officer

Col. Louis S. Letellier Award
The Col. Louis Shephard Letellier Award is given annually to the graduating senior with the highest grade point ratio in civil engineering.
Cadet Lt. Col. Joshua Olson, regimental academic officer

Peter Gaillard Memorial Award
Presented annually in memory of an outstanding 1948 graduate of the electrical engineering program, the Peter Gaillard Memorial Award recognizes an exceptional electrical and computer engineering student for academic success, leadership and participation in extracurricular activities.
Cadet Capt. Jordan Gilmore, Lima Company

School of Science and Mathematics Outstanding Student Award
This award was created for the 2009-2010 academic year to recognize superior academic achievement by an undergraduate student majoring in one of the school’s disciplines.
Cadet Dewitt Jones

Francis Eugene Zemp Award
This is award is presented annually by the School of Science and Mathematics to a senior pre-med cadet with the highest academic average.
Cadet Maj. Eugene Quarshie, 3rd Battalion academic officer

Thomas Francis McGarey Award
Presented in memory of the 1914 graduate, the Thomas Francis McGarey Award is presented annually by School of Science and Mathematics to a senior with the highest scholastic ranking in the field of natural science.
Officer Candidate Joshua Bergeron, U.S. Navy

Falcon B. Hawkins Jr. Award
Established in 2010, this award recognizes a veteran cadet or day student who has demonstrated the qualities of patience, wisdom, humility, academic achievement, service leadership and outstanding judgment while also setting an example as a person of integrity. The award is in memory of the late Honorable Falcon B. Hawkins Jr., Class of 1958 and U.S. District Court judge for South Carolina until his death in 2005.
Cadet William Ellison, Kilo Company

William Porcher Dubose Award
The award is presented annually by the General Organization of the United Daughters of the Confederacy to the first honor graduate in memory of Cadet Dubose, who was a citizen soldier, first honor graduate and ranking cadet in the Class of 1855.
Cadet Joshua Michael Olson, regimental academic officer

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 J. Steinfeld, Alpha Company

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