Cadets Holliday and Porter receive MacArthur, Cincinnati awards
Cadet Lt. Col. Matthew Denver Hershey Holliday and Cadet Capt. Djordon-Lee Porter are the 2013 recipients of The Citadel's most prestigious awards recognizing cadet excellence and leadership.
Holliday will receive the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation Award and Porter will receive the Medal of the Society of the Cincinnati of South Carolina Award. Both awards will be presented at the Feb. 22 military dress parade.
"We are proud of what Cadet Porter and Cadet Holliday have accomplished while at The Citadel. Their actions are a great credit to the college and the Corps of Cadets," said Commandant of Cadets Col. Leo Mercado. "These awards signify that the cadets embody the qualities of a good citizens and soldiers as they work tirelessly to lead the Corps with a focus on our core values of honor, duty and respect."
The Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation presents its annual award to outstanding cadets of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States. Cadets are recognized for excelling in athletics, academics and leadership in the Corps of Cadets. It is among The Citadel's most prestigious annual awards presentations. The objective is to encourage students to emulate and practice the qualities exemplified by MacArthur as a cadet at the West Texas Military Institute and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Holliday, a senior political science major from Wilson, N.C., has excelled in numerous positions in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. This year he is serving as the regimental executive officer as well as a member of the Wesley Foundation and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He will be commissioned in the Marine Corps when he graduates in May.
The Society of the Cincinnati Award is given annually to the senior cadet officer who best exemplifies the combined qualities of a good soldier and a good citizen – characteristics of the patriots who fought to obtain America's freedom and which the Society pledges to perpetuate. These citizen-soldier characteristics are modeled after Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, a Roman farmer who became a successful general, and charter members of the Society of the Cincinnati, including George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Marquis de Lafayette.
Porter is currently serving as the Foxtrot Company Commander after having been recognized for outstanding performance in past leadership roles. A resident of Columbia S.C., Porter is an applied physics major as well as the president of the Society of Physics Students. He will be commissioned in the Air Force in May.