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Citadel News Service

For Release
April 23, 2003

Numerous cadets honored for outstanding achievements

          Each spring, The Citadel recognizes cadets for outstanding achievements in their academic, military, community service and leadership endeavors. Here's a look at some of those who were honored April 9:

Air Force Association Watch - Cadet Derek J. St. John

          The award is presented each year to the outstanding senior aerospace science cadets who possess outstanding leadership characteristics, a positive attitude, great personal appearance, ethics and superior growth potential as a future commissioned officer.

          St. John is a political science major and Lima Company platoon leader. He is the son of Donald and Genevieve St. John of Richmond Hill.


          American Legion School Award for 2003 - Cadet Robert Sturdy

          The award is presented in recognition of the qualities of honor, courage, scholarship, leadership and service, which are necessary to protect and preserve the fundamental institution of government and the advancement of society.

          Sturdy, a senior English major, is chairman of the Honor Committee. He is the son of Cheryl Sturdy of Fairhope, Ala.


          Reeves-White ROTC Medal - Cadet Le Trung Nguyen

          This is the first year for this award, which will be presented annually to a rising senior who is academically proficient, contracted to serve in of the U.S. armed forces and actively participates in military activities. In addition, the recipient must demonstrate leadership through selfless service.

          Cadet Nguyen is a junior criminal justice major and member of the 2004 Summerall Guards, a silent drill platoon at The Citadel. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Vinh D. Nguyen of Shrewsbury, Mass.


           Col. Floyd W. Brown Jr. Memorial Award - Cadet Paul Steketee

          The award is presented annually to a senior who will be commissioned into the military. It recognizes the cadet who has contributed to the success of cadet activities, best exhibits the highest degree of customs and courtesies of a cadet, citizen and soldier and who possesses love and loyalty to The Citadel traditions.

          Cadet Steketee is an education/social studies major and is regimental human affairs officer.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John William Steketee of the Ivory Coast.

          Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States Award - Cadet Damasio Davila

          This is the first year for this award, which recognizes a senior who is in good academic and disciplinary standing, who has excelled in the ROTC program, leadership and the study of military history and is a proactive cadet who will be commissioned into the military.

          Cadet Davila is a political science/international politics major and commander of Third Battalion. He is the son of Mrs. San Juanita S. Perez of San Antonio, Texas.


          Association of Military Colleges & Schools of the U.S. - Cadet Albert Drane Oliphant

          The award is presented to the senior who throughout his or her cadet career made the greatest contribution as a Christian cadet on the athletic field and to the spiritual life of the Corps of Cadets. It is named for Marine Corps Lt. Col. Thomas E. Hemingway, Class of 1960.

          Cadet Oliphant is a biology major and currently serves as regimental supply officer and is a member of The Citadel Honors Program. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Drane Oliphant III of Rock Hill, S.C.


          Four other cadets will be honored on May 8. They are:

          Ackerman Community Service Award - Cadet John Gregory Hyatt

          The award is presented annually to a senior in recognition of hard work, leadership, goal setting and the organization, development and accomplishments of community service projects. The recipient also must demonstrate the ability to complete timely projects that also improve the overall quality of life in the greater Charleston area.

          Cadet Hyatt is a junior business administration major, regimental human affairs sergeant and a member of Delta Company. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James William Hyatt of Tucson, Ariz.


          Wade Hampton Saber - Cadet Richard Neikirk

          The South Carolina Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy awards the Wade Hampton Saber annually to the senior who demonstrates outstanding leadership and who makes the greatest contribution to The Citadel while a cadet.

          Cadet Neikirk is a civil engineering major and currently leads the South Carolina Corps of Cadets as regimental commander. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Richard Neikirk of Volant, Pa.


          Daughters of the American Colonists Silver Bowl - Cadet Justin Tobias

          The award is presented annually to a graduating cadet with the best conduct and discipline record during his or her time at The Citadel. Tobias has received 547 merits and never received a punishment order.

          Cadet Tobias is a civil engineering major and currently serves as the Second Battalion commander. He recently was awarded a Massachusetts Institute of Technology assistantship and a Tau Beta Pi national engineering honor society fellowship for graduate studies in construction management and civil engineering. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Craig Tobias of Virginia Beach, Va.


          Congressional Medal of Honor Society Award - Cadet Adam Burch

         This award is presented annually to a graduating senior considered the most outstanding in the performance of Corps of Cadets and military activities and will be commissioned into the armed forces. The Commandant of Cadets and the professors of the aerospace studies and military and naval science departments pick the recipient.

          Cadet Burch is a political science major and currently serves as commander of the Fourth Battalion. He is the son Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Michael Burch of Fort Edward, N.Y.



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