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Citadel News Service

For Release
March 16, 2002

The Citadel presents five awards during Corps Day festivities

          Four cadets and a member of The Citadel business administration faculty were honored Saturday for their leadership, academic achievements, athleticism and contributions to The Military College of South Carolina.

          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 academics and providing leadership in the Corps of Cadets.

          This year's MacArthur Cadet of the Year is Sharon K. Hacker of Tampa, Fla.

          A biology major with a 4.0 grade average, Hacker is commander of India Company, and a member of the cross-country and track teams and Bio Cid, The Citadel Biology Club. She plans to be commissioned into the Navy upon graduation this May.

          The Palmetto Medal is presented annually to cadets, faculty, staff or alumni by The Citadel Board of Visitors to recognize exceptional performance that reflects great credit on The Citadel or the state of South Carolina. This year Regimental Commander Bobby J. Cox and Associate Dean of Business Mark Bebensee of Charleston, S.C., are the recipients.

          Cox, who is from Travelers Rest, S.C., is an English major and the highest-ranking cadet officer in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. A Gold Star and Dean's List student, he intends to be an officer in the Army. This weekend he performed for the last time as a member of the 2002 Summerall Guard, The Citadel's elite silent drill platoon. The 2003 Guard assumed command today.

          Bebensee has been a major player in The Citadel business department's evolution toward national recognition by the prestigious accrediting agency, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. He began his career at the military college in 1977 as a teacher and went on to become undergraduate dean, then head of the business administration department.

          The Brigadier Foundation Award, which is voted on annually by members of the senior class, recognizes a senior athlete who has contributed the most to The Citadels athletic program and the Corps of Cadets. This year the honor goes to basketball standout Travis Cantrell.

          Cantrell, who tied the school record with 113 career games played, is co-captain of the basketball team and maintains a perfect 4.0 grade point average. He holds the school record of 255 career three-point field goals and with teammate Alan Puckett, owns the Southern Conference record for most three-point field goals in a career by a two-some (497).

          The Clubb Award is presented to the member of the Summerall Guard voted by his peers as most outstanding member. The award is named for Harold K. Clubb, Class of '68, who died in a plane crash in 1971.

          Voted most outstanding this year was Cadet Adrian Vasquez of Atlanta, Ga. Cadet Vasquez is an Air Force scholarship student majoring in computer science. After graduation in May he will be commissioned as a second lieutenant and attend pilot training school. Vasquez is commander of the 2002 Summerall Guard.

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