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Citadel News Service
4 May 2012

Corps of Cadets first and second honor graduates recognized

During commencement exercises for the Corps of Cadets on Saturday, May 5, the Class of 2012’s David Shingler Spell first and second honor graduates were recognized.


Cadet Shanna Couch of Edwardsville, Kan., who graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade point average was named the first honor graduate.  Couch is a Health, Exercise and Sport Science major with a minor in Biology. 

Couch’s academic distinctions include being named this year’s Outstanding Student from the School of Science and Mathematics. Last summer, she studied in Spain as a Star of the West Summer Scholar.  She was named an Outstanding Major of the Year by the National Association of Sports and Physical Education.  She was also a member of The Citadel’s varsity soccer team.

Next month, Couch will begin work on her doctor of physical therapy degree at the University of Kansas Medical Center.  With more than 150 volunteer hours logged in at the Medical University of South Carolina and the Rehabilitation Centers of Charleston, she has gotten a head start on her career.


Cadet Alexandria Ray Burns of Pendleton, S.C., a Health, Exercise and Sports Science Major and participant in the Honors Program, was named second honor graduate.

Burns served as this year’s 4th Battalion academic officer.  Burns is planning a career in pharmacy—a field she has explored through volunteer work at Roper Hospital and as a registered technician at CVS Drug Company. This fall, Burns will enter the College of Pharmacy at the Medical University of South Carolina.

The awards recognizing the two cadets with the highest academic achievement are sponsored by David Shingler Spell, Class of 1950 and a resident of Charleston, S.C.

This is the first time a woman in the Corps of Cadets has earned first honor graduate, and it is the first time both first and second honor graduates have been women.

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