Marcinak tops senior class at The CitadelCHARLESTON, S.C. -- While the official announcement will not be made until a few days before graduation, Fredric Marcinak, III of Walhalla, S.C., is likely to be The Citadels top graduate in the Class of 2001. Graduation is May 12 and the straight-A Citadel Scholar does not foresee any problems that are likely to tarnish his perfect academic record.
Marcinak has the usual list of impressive credentials befitting a likely first honor graduate and national finalist in the Rhodes Scholarship competition. A history major in the Honors Program, Marcinak has long-term interests in law and politics. Next year, however, he will study in England on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. In 2002, he will return to South Carolina to enter the University of South Carolina Law School.
Marcinak cultivated his interest in politics during his four years in the South Carolina Student Legislature. As a sophomore, he was voted "Best Senator" of the collegiate student assembly. He served as president pro tempore of the senate during his junior year and was elected governor by his peers from colleges statewide last year. While collegiate governor, Marcinak presented several bills to Gov. Jim Hodges that addressed the concerns of college students. The bills dealt with such issues as lowering speed limits for trucks, offering sales tax holidays for back-to-school shopping and endorsing educational vouchers. Marcinak considers politics a vehicle for making communities better and would like to see more political activism among young people. "Many young people feel that they dont have a stake in the political process and so they dont vote," Marcinak said. "They did not see how whether Bush or Gore won the last election would affect their lives. But if you look closely at the issues, there is a big difference." The Class of 2001 at The Citadel includes more than 300 seniors and nine active duty military students. About a third of the class traditionally goes into the military while the remaining graduates enter graduate schools or the work force.