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Citadel News Service
2 Sep 2011

Company awards honor academics, military performance


Oscar and Charlie Companies, Palmetto Battery and the Regimental Band and Pipes will be presented Friday with five of The Citadel’s highest awards recognizing cadet company achievement.

The awards will be presented during a military dress parade at 3:45 p.m. today (Friday, Sept. 2, 2011) on Summerall Field. The awards recognize outstanding leadership, academic and military performance during the 2010-2011 academic year.

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Company awards recognize outstanding leadership, academic and military performance during the previous academic year. Today 2010-2011 honors will be presented. 

The President’s Cup, the highest honor given to a cadet company, will be presented to Oscar Company. The company earned the best combined scores in academic achievement, military performance, extracurricular participation and freshman retention during the previous academic year. Cadet Capt. Gregory Smith, company commander, will receive the honor on behalf of Oscar Company. The winning company receives the title of Honor Company and will serve as college ambassadors during special functions statewide. The award was established by Gen. Hugh P. Harris, president of The Citadel from 1965 to 1970.

Palmetto Battery has again earned the Gen. Charles P. Summerall Cup for best company-wide grade point average. The award, named for The Citadel’s president from 1931-1953 and donated by the European Citadel Association, recognizes the company’s combined GPA of 3.08 for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Palmetto Battery also will be honored with the Commandant’s Cup for earning the highest points in parade and squad drill performance. The award was established by Lt. Col. William C. Miller, commandant from 1926 to 1931.

Company Commander Cadet Capt. Charles Smith will be accepting both the Summerall and Commandant’s Cup on behalf of Palmetto Battery.

Receiving the Milton A. Pearlstine Award for the highest freshman class GPA will be the Regimental Band and Pipes, whose fourth class cadets completed their year with an overall 3.00 GPA. Cadet Lt. Matthew Fann, academic officer, will accept the award, given annually by The Citadel Alumni Association and named in honor of a past association president.

The Murray D. Bonnoit Award will be presented to Charlie Company for the best freshman class retention rate. On behalf of his company, Company Commander Capt. Glenn Ellison will accept the award, named in honor of a past president of The Citadel Alumni Association.

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