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Citadel News Service
19 Feb 2010

MacArthur, Society of the Cincinnati awards honor two cadet leaders

Cadet Col. Zachary Sean McMurray Holliday and Cadet Lt. Col. Jared M. Zentz were honored Feb. 19, 2010 with two of The Citadel’s most prestigious awards recognizing cadet excellence and leadership.

Holliday received the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation award while Zentz was presented with Medal of the Society of the Cincinnati of South Carolina Award. 

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Cadet Col. Zach Holliday

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 and excelling by the standards set by the AMCSUS. It is among the college’s most prestigious annual awards presentations. The objective is to encourage students to emulate and practice the qualities exemplified by Douglas MacArthur as a cadet at the West Texas Military Institute and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

“Cadet Zach Holliday has excelled throughout his time at The Citadel. He has demonstrated a work ethic that stands outs among his peers and has provided exceptional principled leadership in the Corps of Cadets,” said Commandant of Cadets Col. Leo Mercado, USMC (Ret.). “These qualities were a key ingredient in his selection as regimental commander this year and make him a deserving recipient of the MacArthur cadet award and the legacy of one of our nation’s most prolific military leaders.”

A business administration major from Wilson, N.C., Holliday is commander of the 2,100-member South Carolina Corps of Cadets. He is the highest ranking cadet officer on campus. A graduate of Eastern High School, Holliday is a Citadel Scholar and the recipient of Naval ROTC scholarship.

While at The Citadel, Holliday has been recognized for outstanding academic achievement, personal conduct and military discipline numerous times. A member of the Regimental Band for three years, Holliday also was a member of the Chapel Choir and Pep Band, the Triathlon Club team. He is a member of the Class of 2010 Board of Directors, Beta Gamma Sigma, the national business honor society; and Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

Upon graduation in May, Holliday will be commissioned in the U.S. Navy where he has been assigned as a surface warfare officer. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Holliday of Wilson, N.C. 

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Cadet Lt. Col. Jared Zentz

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, include George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Marquis de Lafayette.

Zentz’s name will be engraved on the Society of the Cincinnati memorial plaque in the lobby of Bond Hall.

“Cadet Jared Zentz brings an impeccable level of professionalism to everything he does and is an outstanding role model and principled leader in the Corps of Cadets,” Mercado said. “He has consistently demonstrated the desired attributes and characteristics of the citizen soldier and is a deserving recipient of the Society of the Cincinnati award and what it represents.”

Zentz is commander of 4th Battalion where he oversees four companies totaling 500 cadets. A criminal justice major from Dover, Del., he is active in the Arnold Air Society, Campus Crusades and the Cadet Spirit Committee. Zentz is the recipient of an Air Force ROTC scholarship, the Military Order of World Wars Medal, the Military Officers Association Medal and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Medal along with several scholarships. In April 2009 he was named regimental operations officer effective his senior year but was promoted to regimental executive officer in July 2009 and promoted again in October 2009 to 4th Battalion commander.

Upon graduation in May, Zentz will be commissioned in the U.S. Air Force. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph R. Prange of Dover, Del.

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