April 13, 2000
The top six ranking cadets for the 2000-2001 academic year were announced this week at The Citadel after weeks of interviews. Col. George Powers, assistant commandant of operations and training says, "Rank Boards are a very structured and an intense process. Members of the faculty, staff and cadets meet with and interview the candidates numerous times. These meetings enable the college to match the cadets' strengths with the correct position."
Cadet Craig Wilson of Minneapolis earned the rank of regimental commander, the highest-ranking cadet position on campus. Cadet Wilson, a history major, has consistently earned Gold Stars-maintaining a GPA of 3.7 or higher. Upon graduation in 2001, Wilson is scheduled to join the U.S. Navy. Throughout his past three years at the college, Cadet Wilson has held significant rank from regimental operations and administrative clerk to regimental sergeant major. His number one goal for next year is to "restore pride and a sense of collective responsibility to the Corps of Cadets."
Cadet Mandy Garcia will be the regimental executive officer, the second in command. Cadet Garcia, an English major, has a pilot slot for the U.S. Air Force after graduation in 2001. She is the first female to earn athletic scholarship aid and the institution's first female cadet-student-athlete. Cadet Garcia has earned rank throughout her time at The Citadel from athletic cadre clerk to serving as Charlie Company's first sergeant her junior year. Cadet Garcia is from Fayetteville, NC.
Four battalion commanders, each in charge of one of The Citadel's four barracks, were also named. Cadet Kevin Spellacy will serve as the first battalion commander for the upcoming academic year. A business administration major, Spellacy has consistently earned Gold Stars during his tenure at the military college. Cadet Spellacy is from St. Louis, Mo.
Cadet Brandon Peak of Gastonia, N.C., will command the second battalion. A business administration major, Peak has earned Gold Stars and is a member of the honor society Phi Kappa Phi.
Cadet David Huffstetler will be the commander of the third battalion. He is a Gold Star student from Toledo, Ohio. Huffstetler, a math major, has a military contract with the U.S. Air Force.
Cadet Scott Shelley of Hartsville, S.C., will serve as the fourth battalion commander. A Dean's List student, Shelley is a business administration major and has a contract with the U.S. Army.