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Citadel News Service
8 May 2010

Engineering and history majors named Class of 2010 honor graduates


Joshua M. Olson

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A civil engineering student and a history major are this year’s honor graduates from The Citadel. Both cadets were recognized during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement today.

Cadet Joshua Michael Olson is the first honor graduate. Cadet Kevin Andrew Chaney is the second honor graduate.

The David Shingler Spell Honor Graduates awards program recognizes the two cadets with the highest academic achievement. Spell, who sponsors the award, is a member of The Citadel Class of 1950 and a resident of Charleston, S.C.

Olson graduated today with a perfect grade point average and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. A resident of Cary, N.C., Olson served as regimental academic officer during his senior year and was a member of The Citadel Regimental Band and a leader of data acquisitions and analysis for The Citadel Isle of Palms Marina Traffic Study.  


Kevin A. Chaney

Olson served as president of The Citadel’s chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society, and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and the Honors Program. He also is the recipient of the Col. Louis S. LeTellier Award and Benjamin W. Sammis Award for outstanding academic achievement and leadership abilities.

Chaney, who is from Joplin, Mo., also has a perfect grade point average and earned a Bachelors of Arts in History. During his cadet career, Chaney studied abroad in both England and Spain and has received a series of prestigious awards from The Citadel, including the American Legion ROTC Scholastic Excellence Award, the Harry S. Dent Prize in 2010 for the best undergraduate essay in American History, and the Pitt Reserve Scholarship. The Pitt Scholarship honors a cadet who possesses the attributes of ability, character, temperament, and personality that are in accord with the high standards of The Citadel.
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