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Citadel News Service
7 May 2011

Zachary Honeycutt named the 2011 John O. Willson Ring recipient

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Zachary Thomas Honeycutt of Albermarle, N.C., is the 2011 recipient of the John O. Willson Ring. Honeycutt was recognized during today’s South Carolina Corps of Cadets Commencement Exercises in McAlister Field House.


The Willson Ring has been awarded annually since 1911 to a senior elected by his or her peers as the finest, purest and most courteous member of the class. Willson, who was a Citadel student until 1862 when he left to join the Confederate Army, established the award to honor the most popular student among his or her peers.

In addition to the ring, Honeycutt received a letter from the 2010 recipient Ryan Keiper.

A cadet of deep and profound commitment to faith, Honeycutt has mentored subordinates and modeled the moral qualities found in leaders who impact our society. Always aware of the needs of others, he actively sought opportunities to encourage others who were struggling, and in so doing he distinguished himself as a leader and caretaker for peers and subordinates alike, said Citadel Board of Visitors member Claude Burns in presenting the award.

Honeycutt is a political science major and the Third Battalion Religious Officer, holding the rank of cadet captain. He has been selected for the Army ROTC’s Education Delay Program, which will lead to his commissioning as a chaplain in the U.S. Army.

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