The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina


History of The Gold Star Journal

Year and Reason for The Gold Star Journal

  • July 1996, The Gold Star Journal was founded. The journal provides Citadel students, both graduate and undergraduate students, the opportunity to publish well written research papers, which were required for a class.

Journal Facts

  • The 1997 edition is the only one to have a hand-drawn cover.
  • The covers of the 1998-2004 editions featured a photograph taken by campus photographer Russ Pace.
  • Since 2005, the cover has included the stars and bars, the name of the journal, the year, and the Citadel seal. With the 2005 edition, the four color photograph moved to the inside cover.
  • The Gold Star Journal has been printed completely in color on a few occassions:
    • 2006 for the tenth year anniversary,
    • 2015 through the generous donation of Colonel and Mrs. Abraham Goldfarb, and
    • 2016 for the twentieth anniversary.
  • From 1997-2008, The Gold Star Journal was published on campus by the staff of The Citadel Print Shop. Sun Printing, now Sun Solutions, started printing the journal with the 2009 edition.
  • Mr. Kevin Metzger (previously of Multimedia); Dr. Suzanne Mabrouk; and the 2008 editors Leon Hontz, Trey Williams, and Thomas Sullivan designed a seal for the publication. The seal includes one star for each year that the journal existed prior to its design. Since 2008, the seal has been included in each edition. 2012, the GSJ seal replaced The Citadel seal on the cover. The GSJ seal appears in the banner at the top of all GSJ web pages. This seal includes the Latin words Honoris Causa, which means "for the sake of the honor."
  • In 2011, the Best Overall Paper Submission Award was first given.
  • In 2012, the Best Photograph Award was first given.
  • Since 2013, The Gold Star Journal has been printed on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper. FSC is devoted to responsibly and properly managing our forests so that they will continue to exist in the future.
  • In 2014, the Best Undergraduate Paper Submission Award was given.
  • In 2015, the editors Jane Ma, L. Miguel Parrado, Jennifer Burch, Ryan Leach, and Lauren Seedor and Mr. John Whitten (Multimedia) changed the GSJ seal by removing the feather pen and flipping the crescent. The revised seal was printed on the 2015 cover for the first time.
GSJ Seals
2008-2014 2015-present
GSJ logo 2008-2014 GSJ logo 2015-present


  • To celebrate the twentieth anniversary, The Gold Star Journal, The Friends of The Daniel Library, and The Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics co-hosted an Inaugural Lecture. The event was entitled "Scholarship at Its Best: An Evening with the Authors and Editors of The Gold Star Journal."  The authors spoke about their featured papers.  The editor-in-chief spoke about his multi-year experience with the publication.  A previous editor spoke about the influence of the publication on his career.


Editor Facts

  • 1996-1997 was the only year in which all editors were sophomores.
  • The founding editors (Bradley Moorer, Joshua Jenkins, and Christopher McFarland) served two sequential years, 1996-1998, as editors of the journal.
  • Since 2007, editors have served three sequential years.

Author Facts

  • Only three graduate students have ever been published in the journal: Priyadarshini Mukherjee (1997), Kathryn Hyman (2005), and Thomas A. Gorman, Jr. (2013).
  • Several freshmen have been published in the journal: Chris Paige (1999), Matthew Gryder (2007), Thomas Sullivan (2007), Frankie Dioguardi (2009), and Jane Ma (2012).

Hall of Fame

  • In 2005, The Gold Star Journal was a Special Merit Award Recipient in the Other Magazines Category of The Case District III Advancement Awards Program. The entry included the 2004, 2003, and 2002 editions of The Gold Star Journal.


  • The following editors served three academic years: Leon Hontz (2006-2009), Trey Williams (2007-2010), Thomas Sullivan (2007-2010), Taylor Gilliam (2008-2011), Mark Shaw (2009-2012), Lance Braye (2010-2013), Ryan Boodee (2011-2014), and Jane Ma (2012-2015).


  • The following editors served two academic years: Bradley Moorer (1996-1998), Joshua Jenkins (1996-1998), Christopher McFarland (1996-1998), Joseph Rohe (2001-2003), John Bergmans (2004-2006), Matthew Harakas (2004-2006), Timothy Devine (2004-2006), James Russell (2005-2007), Jennifer Burch (2014-2016), Ryan Leach (2014-2016), and Miguel Parrado (2014-2016).


  • The following published authors became an editor the subsequent academic year: Walter Zink (1998), Stephen Foland (2001), Thomas Sullivan (2007), Jane Ma (2012), Robert Keener III (2012), and L. Miguel Parrado (2014).


  • The following students were published multiple times in the journal: David Leaumont (twice in 1997), Dean Sproles (1997 & 1998), Anastasiya Smertina (2001 & 2002), Marttin Periola (2009, 2010, & 2011), Lance Braye (2011, 2012, & 2013), Matthew Selmasska (2011 & 2012), John Riser (2011 & 2012), Franklin McGuire, Jr. (2012 & 2013), Robert Keener (2012 & 2014), and Jane Ma (2012, 2014, & 2015).
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