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Citadel News Service
5 May 2011

Leadership, academic success recognized at awards convocation

Academic excellence, leadership and community service among cadets and active duty students were recognized Thursday, May 5, 2011, during The Citadel's annual Commencement Week Awards Convocation.

Commencement for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets is at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 7, and The Citadel Graduate College commencement is at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7, both in McAlister Field House. A complete schedule of events on other activities and information about commencment is available here.

Here are this year's award recipients:

See the 2010-2011 Academic Awards

Air Force ROTC Distinguished Graduate
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.
Ryan L. Coker
Major: Business Administration

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.
Paul M. Rizkalla
Major: Business Administration

American Legion College Award
The award is presented to a first-class (senior) cadet in recognition of the qualities of honor, courage, scholarship, military leadership, discipline and citizenship. Key attributes are service to other, dedication to values and honor to self and country.
Samuel P. Keeler
Major: History

Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States
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.
Rebecca L. Edwards
Major: Psychology


Board of Visitors Trophy
This trophy is awarded annually to the cadet company that wins the regimental intramural championship.
Oscar 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.
Garland Moore
Major: Political Science

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.
Richard D. Kirkpatrick of Golf Company
Major: Business Administation

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.
Male: Raymond A. Anderson
Major: Business Administration
Female: Diana T. Bonete
Major: Political Science

The Brigadier Foundation President’s Award
The Brigadier Foundation Award is voted on annually by members of the graduating class, recognizes a senior athlete who has contributed the most to The Citadel's athletic program and the Corps of Cadets.
Matthew Talley
Major: Civil Engineering

The Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Award
The Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Award is named in honor Smith, a 1947 graduate of The Citadel who is chairman emeritus of H.D. Smith & Co., one of the largest drug wholesale companies in the country. The award goes to the winner of the annual cadet public speaking competition sponsored by The Citadel Oral Communications Lab.
Jason W. Green
Major: Physical Education

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.
Toluwalase E. Akindele
Major: Business Administration

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.
Steven A. Munoz
Major: Business Administration

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.
Sarah Creel
Major: Modern Languages

Congressional Medal of Honor Society Awards
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.
Cory R. Moyer
Major: Civil Engineering

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.
Cory R. Moyer
Major: Civil Engineering

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.
Caleb J. Bowers
Major: Political Science


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.
Coty R. Trivellin
Major: Physical Education

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.
Joseph A. Trippi
Major: History


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.
Joseph Washington, III
Major: Business Administration

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.
Alexander Player
Major: Electrical Engineering

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.
Frank Quinn
Major: History

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.
Steven A. Munoz
Major: Business Administration

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.
James R. Harrell
Major: Biology


The Navy League Sword in honor of Capt. H. Carl Josephson
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.
Navy Officer Candidate Sean Feeney
Major: Computer Science

Falcon B. Hawkins Jr. Award
Falcon Hawkins, The Citadel Class of 1958, was a dedicated United States District Court Judge for South Carolina, serving 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 the example as a person of integrity.
Marine Staff Sgt. Kristopher Turner
Major: Business Administration


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.
Marine Sgt. John Parry
Major: History

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.
Wesley G. Dempster
Major: Criminal Justice


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.
Charles L. Smith
Major: Political Science

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.
Erik Pratt
Major: Physics

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.
Nathanael A. Newton
Major: History

The 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.
Mitchell J. Buchanan
Major: Civil Engineering

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.
Michael J. Rowland
Major: Physics

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.
Coty R. Trivellin
Major: Physical Education

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.
William C. Walker
Major: Political Science


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.
Charlotte B. Perrott
Major: Political Science

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.
Matthew C. Collier
Major: Business Administration

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.
Noah Koubenec
Major: Political Science

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
Major: Criminal Justice

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.
Coty R. Trivellin
Major: Physical Education 

Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement Award
Sponsored by the Legion of Valor of the United States of America, this annual award is based on the following criteria: cadets must be in the top 25 percent in ROTC and academics and cadets must demonstrate the qualities required of an Army officers, which include scholarship in academics, leadership in student organizations, community involvement and athletic excellence.
Martin Periola
Major: English

Chief of Naval Operations Distinguished Midshipman Graduate Award
This award is in honor of those midshipmen who demonstrate the highest standards of leadership, scholarship and military performance.
Mitchell Buchanan
Major: Civil and Environmental Engineering

See the 2010-2011 Academic Awards

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