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Citadel News Service

Office of Public Affairs

March, 16, 1999


Highest Ranking Citadel Cadet Will Receive Palmetto Medal

          Cadet Colonel Reed Wilson, Regimental Commander, will receive the Palmetto Medal on Saturday, March 20, during the 11:00 a.m. dress parade on Summerall Field. The chairman of The Citadel’s Board of Visitors, Frank Mood, will present the award.

          Cadet Colonel Steven Reed Wilson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Wilson of Honea Path, South Carolina, has continuously demonstrated an exemplary degree of maturity, judgment, loyalty, and leadership as an academic and military role model at The Citadel.

          Throughout his college career, Cadet Wilson has held significant rank within the Corps of Cadets. As a sophomore, he served as Regimental Operations Clerk. In his junior year, he was Regimental Sergeant Major and was selected to receive the Major William Marks Hutson Most Outstanding Second Classman Award. As a senior, he reached the pinnacle of cadet leadership when he was chosen Regimental Commander of the 1700- member South Carolina Corps of Cadets. His constant leadership presence and sincere concern for the welfare of each member of the Corps are exhibited on a daily basis and are a principal factor in the continued success of coeducation.

          Cadet Wilson's outstanding military and academic performances are evident in his campus activities. His merits include membership on the Presidential Advisory Committee, the Round Table, The Citadel Inn of Court, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He served as a cadet chapel usher and was the Outreach Coordinator for the Baptist Student Union.

          Majoring in English, Cadet Wilson is the recipient of the Life Scholarship, General Pickett Scholarship, and the United Daughters of Confederacy Scholarship. He has maintained a cumulative grade point average above 3.0, consistently earning him a place on the college's Dean's List and achieving Gold Star status. His name has also appeared on the President's and Commandant's Lists for superior academic excellence and military service.

          The Palmetto Medal Award, second only to an honorary degree at The Citadel, recognizes performance that reflects great credit on the military college and the state of South Carolina. Recipients of the award may be cadets, alumni, faculty, staff, or any other person whose service is deemed worthy of consideration.



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