Corps of Cadets recognizes first and second honor graduates
The Citadel on Saturday, May 7, during commencement exercises for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets named its honor graduates from the Class of 2011.
First Honor Graduate is Noah Koubenec of Pilot Mountain, N.C., and the Second Honor Graduate is Hamad Khahil Al-Meer of East Raffa, Bahrain.
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.
Koubenec, commander of Sierra Company, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in both Spanish and Political Science and a four-year cumulative GPR of a perfect 4.0.
A participant in The Citadel Honors Program, Koubenec has an established track record of winning scholarships. In the summers of 2008 and 2009 he did coursework and research in Mexico City through a Star-of-the-West International Summer Scholarship. Last summer, he studied in Ecuador as one of only 22 students nationwide to receive a scholarship from the national collegiate Hispanic honor society, Sigma Delta Pi. Just this week, Koubenec was named a 2011 Boren Scholar – an award that will allow him to study in a country critical to U.S. interests that is also under-represented in study-abroad programs.
Koubenec is also one of just 60 college students nationwide to receive a prestigious Truman Scholarship. Koubenec will enter the Global Policy Studies Program at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin this fall.
Hamad Khahil Al-Meer, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and graduates with a 4.0 grade average, is the 2011 Second Honor Graduate.
Al-Meer was one of only a few cadets at the Royal Police Academy in Bahrain to be sponsored for study abroad at The Citadel. A business major with an accounting concentration, Al-Meer was valedictorian of his high school class, an honor that earned him a scholarship from the U.S. Embassy to study in the United States for one year. He then returned to Bahrain and entered the Royal Police Academy where he was selected for another scholarship that brought him to The Citadel.
While at The Citadel, Al-Meer has served as president of The International Club and as Academic Officer for Bravo Company. He also participated in the Model United Nations, where he represented Palestine in the Arab League Union. After graduation, Cadet Al-Meer will return to Bahrain to work in the Ministry of Interior.
Al-Meer dedicated his graduation to his parents who were unable to attend the ceremony, but who watched it on The Citadel webcast from their home in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Both honor graduates receive an inscribed plaque and a stipend to be used for educational expenses at the graduate level or at the discretion of the recipient.