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Citadel News Service
3 May 2012

Awards Convocation recipients

Leadership, community service and academic excellence among cadets and active duty students were recognized Thursday, May 3, 2012, during The Citadel's annual Commencement Week Awards Convocation.

Here are this year's award recipients:

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.
Ryan A. Schieber
Major: Criminal Justice

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.
Camden T. Hardison
Major: Business Administration
Matthew C. Knox
Major: History

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.
Caleb J. Bowers
Major: Political Science

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.
Justin K. Mackert
Major: Physical Education

Board of Visitors Trophy
This trophy is awarded annually to the cadet company that wins the regimental intramural championship.
Oscar 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.
Stephen M. Bowden
Major: Business Administration

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.
Oscar Company
Major: Business Administration

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. 
John E. Povelones
Major: Business Administration 
Angela I. Foyt
Major: Physical Education

The Brigadier Foundation 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.
Justin K. Mackert
Major: Physical Education

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.
Harry R. Edelman V
Major: Political Science

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.
Christian V. Jack
Major: Business Administration

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.
Matthew C. Collier
Major: Business Administration

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.
Mary E. Bennett
Major: English

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.
Christopher L. Gamble
Major: Biology

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.
Gunnery Sgt. Matthew Duncan
Major: History

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.
Cody B. Chick
Major: Political Science

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.
Charles L. Smith
Major: Political Science

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.
Michael W. Shore
Major: Pre-business Administration

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.
Brent W. Little
Major: Business Administration

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.
William R. Northcutt
Major: Civil Engineering

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.
Robert D. Roberson
Major: Business Administration

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.
Brian H. Leister
Major: History

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.
Kyle J. Hardester
Major: Political Science

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, demonstrates leadership and study of military history. He or she is a proactive cadet who will commission into the United States military upon graduation.
Matthew C. Knox
Major: History

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
Andrew G. Fender
Major: Electrical Engineering

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.
Staff Sgt. Justin S. Bennett
Major: Business Administration

The Navy League Sword in honor of Brig. Gen. William Lee Smith
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.
Collin C. Alexander
Major: Political Science

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.
Joseph C. Antwine
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 junior cadet selected by his or her classmates as showing the greatest concern for the well-being of others.
Eric B. Donaldson
Major: English

The Robert G. Miller Memorial 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.
Alexander W. Morgan
Major: English

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.
Alexa Bookhart
Major: Political Science

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.
Melissa A. Meyers
Major: Psychology

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.
Matthew C. Collier
Major: Business Administration

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.
Michael J. Fox
Major: Business Administration

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.
Christopher L. Gamble
Major: Biology

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.
Patrick D. Nugent
Major: Business Administration

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.
Julia M. McCullohs
Major: Criminal Justice

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. 
Shana Couch 
Major
: Physical Education

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 Czyrink
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.
Timothy N. Quinn
Major: Civil Engineering

Cadet Medal of Valor
The Cadet Medal of Valor was first awarded in 1999. It recognizes cadets that have distinguished themselves by acts of heroism that result in an accomplishment so exceptional or outstanding and/or involve danger or extraordinary responsibility so as to set them apart.
Christian Mundy
Major: Pre-business administration
Jarrod Branch
Major: Criminal Justice
Byron Addison
Major: Health, Exercise and Sport Science
Denzel Grant
Major: Electrical engineering

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