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Citadel News Service

Oct. 14, 2002

Parents' Weekend report

Cadet Morgan Williamson proudly displays his ring.

          The Class of 2006 became official members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and seniors got their class rings during two of the many activities held during Parents' Day Weekend Oct. 11 and 12.

          At 537 men and women strong, the Class of 2006 has successfully completed the cadre-training period, which began on Aug. 17, and each was been promoted from cadet recruit to cadet private during parade on Friday, Oct. 11.

          Earlier in the day, 334 members of the Class of 2003 celebrated receiving their class rings during the traditional ceremony in Summerall Chapel. Afterward, the cadets greeted family and friends outside the chapel before racing back to the barracks to celebrate with their classmates.

          The Citadel ring signifies a host of accomplishments. It not only symbolizes a partial history of the state of South Carolina and The Citadel, but it also relates the ideals for which the college was founded. Almost every feature of the ring is symbolic of a goal or an attainment of past members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

          From the oval crest of the ring dominated by the reproduction of the palmetto tree to the concept of victory blessed by peace represented by the laurel and the wreath, ideals of the military college are presented artistically.

          Cadets are eligible to wear the rings upon becoming academic first class cadets. They wear the ring with the class numeral facing toward them. After graduation, the rings are turned outward.

          Several awards were also presented during Parents' Weekend.

          Cadet Daniel B. Cannon of Ocala, Fla., received the Widder Award which is presented annually in memory of Capt. David Widder, a 1959 Citadel graduate who was killed in Vietnam while serving in the Army. It recognizes the distinguished military student who has best exhibited the qualities of devotion to duty, exemplary conduct, military and academic excellence and unquestionable character as determined by cadets in The Citadel's Army ROTC program.

          A senior psychology major, Canon is the third battalion adjutant at The Citadel. A graduate of Forest High School, he is the son of Daniel C. Cannon of 56th Avenue in Ocala.

          Cadet Lee W. Ferguson received the Col. Walter Ballard Clark award, which was established by members of The Citadel's Army ROTC instructor group in 1977 to honor Col. Walter Ballard Clark's service in the military and at The Citadel. Clark, Citadel Class of 1951, was a professor of military science and commandant of cadets from 1974 to 1977.

          The award is presented annually to the Army ROTC cadet who achieves the highest overall standing among cadets at the Army ROTC Advanced Camp.

          A senior business administration major, Ferguson is the first battalion adjutant. A graduate of Lawrence County High School, he is the son of JoAnn and Stanley C. Ferguson of Apache Avenue in Savannah.

          Cadet Robert A. Redmond of North Charleston received the Todd L. Dorney Memorial Sword and Scholarship in memory of retired Army Lt. Todd L. Dorney, a 1980 Citadel graduate. The sword and scholarship goes to a cadet under Army ROTC contract whose ROTC performance is in the top 10 percent of the class.

          Redmond is Alpha Company platoon leader and a biology major. A graduate to Stall High School, he is the son of Susan and Robert Redmond of Courtwood Road in North Charleston.

          This year the Regimental Commander's Bowl went to Hotel Company. The award, which was established in 1972, recognizes the cadet company with the most successful cadre as demonstrated by fourth class attrition rate, and fourth class performance in close order drill, physical training and knob knowledge.

          The Kelly Cup was presented go Alpha Company's fourth squad of the first platoon. Alpha Company went up against Echo, Hotel and Palmetto Battery during final competition on Saturday, Oct. 12.