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Citadel News Service

For Release
April 15. 2004

Cadets to be honored for excellence

           Ten awards will be presented to cadets and a cadet company during Friday's military dress parade.

           Awards recognizing accomplishments in military endeavors, academics, leadership and community service will be presented, beginning at 4:20 p.m. on Summerall Field. Awards and the honorees are:

American Legion School Award
Cadet 2nd Lt. Ricardo Salva Cruz Flores Jr. of San Francisco, Calif.

           The award is presented to a first-class (senior) cadet 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.

           Cadet Flores, who will graduate in May, is a physics major and the recipient of a four-year Marine NRTOC Scholarship, American Legion Scholastic Excellence Award and Military Order of World Wars Award. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Pi Sigma. He has received Gold Stars for academic excellence and is currently a platoon leader from Foxtrot Company. His campus activities include intramural sports, the Society of Physics Students, Semper Fidelis Society and Citadel Raiders.


Navy Memorial Sword
Col. Floyd W. Brown Jr. Memorial Award

Cadet Maj. Josiah Keefe Barker of Marion, Ark., will receive both of the above named awards.

           The Brown award is presented annually to a first-class (senior) cadet who will be commission 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 of courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship, loyalty, high moral standards and service.

           The Charleston Council of the Navy League presents the Navy Sword annually to the most outstanding cadet being commissioned in the U.S. Navy. The sword is awarded in recognition of superior academic and leadership skills demonstrated during Barker's four years as a Citadel cadet.

           Cadet Barker is a political science major and recipient of a four-year Navy scholarship, the William G. Williard Award and is a Distinguished Naval Student. During his cadet career he has been named several times to the Dean's List and received Gold Stars for academic achievement. He is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha and the Baptist Collegiate Ministry. He is currently commander of November Company.


Brig. Gen. William Lee Smith Marine Corps Sword
Cadet Capt. Kyle Austin Bozarth of Mayo, Md.

           The Charleston Council of the Navy League presents the award annually to the most outstanding cadet being commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps. The sword recognizes superior academic and leadership skills demonstrated during Bozarth's four years at The Citadel.

           Bozarth is an electrical engineering major and has received The Citadel Intermediate Val Scholarship, the Tim Dusenberry Scholarship and the Marine Corps NROTC Scholarship. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Semper Fi Society, The Round Table and the Marine Raider Platoon where he is platoon commander. Bozarth has been honored for academic achievement on the Dean's, President's and Commandant's lists and has received Gold Stars.

           Bozarth is scheduled to graduate May 8 and will be commissioned into the Marine Corps after which he will attend The Basic School this summer in Quantico, Va.

Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States Award
Cadet Lt. Col. Keith Garrett Laws of Kannapolis, N.C.

           The award is presented annually to the first-class (senior) cadet 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 Laws, a computer science major, is a charter member of the Association of Computer Machinery, co-founder of The Citadel Weightlifting Club and has been a member of the Cordell Airborne Ranger Club, Honors Program, Phi Kappa Phi and the sophomore, junior and senior boards of directors and the Bulldog-Bullpup Program. A Citadel Scholar, he also participates in intramural football, volleyball, handball, softball, weightlifting, track and field and basketball. He is currently commander of 3rd Battalion.

Reeves-White ROTC Medal
Cadet Staff Sgt. Joshua Colt Brock of Pinopolis, S.C.

           The award is presented annually to a second-class (junior) from Charleston, Berkeley or Dorchester county 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 Brock is a business administration major and has served as an athletic, cadre and squad sergeant. He is the recipient of the South Carolina Life Scholarship and Air Force Scholarship and was honored for superior performance at field training and received an athletic award and flight warrior spirit award. His campus activities include intramural team triathlon, wrestling, soccer, softball, volleyball, and swimming and team handball. He was recently named a member of the 2005 Summerall Guards, a silent drill platoon.

           Cadet Brock intends to be commissioned to the U.S. Air Force upon his graduation in May 2005.

Cadet Medal of Merit
Cadet Lt. Col. Viann Victoria Bolick of Greenville, S.C

           The award is presented annually to a first-class (senior) cadet who has exhibited outstanding performance and dedicated service to the South Carolina Corps of Cadets through leadership, personal endeavor and devotion to duty.
Cadet Bolick, who as regimental executive officer is the second highest-ranking cadet on campus, is scheduled graduate in May.

           During her Citadel career, Cadet Bolick has been named to the Commandant's, President's and Dean's lists and received Gold Stars for academic excellence. A biology and history major, she is a Citadel Scholar, Honors Program participant and a member of The Citadel Honor Committee. During her cadet career she has participated in varsity track and cross-country and the Bulldog-Bullpup Program and Bio Cid.

Andrew Mazur Citizenship Medal
Cadet First Class Eric Gregory Kirsch of Airmont, N.Y.

           The award is named for Andrew Mazur, Class of 2001, who was killed in the line of duty in August while working with the Greenville County Sheriff's Department. It recognizes a Citadel cadet who has distinguished him or herself by an act of outstanding citizenship that goes far beyond the normal expectations of a cadet.

           Kirsch distinguished himself by assisting a woman who had stopped breathing at a Shem Creek restaurant in nearby Mount Pleasant. The calm demeanor, professionalism and composed actions of Cadet Kirsch in this emergency situation reflect credit upon himself, The Citadel and the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

           A history major, Cadet Kirsch is a member of the Education Leaders Club, Citadel Republican Society, and the Honor Court. His past awards include a four-year NROTC Marine Corps Scholarship, the NRTOC 2002 Military Excellence Award and the Commandant's List for academic achievement. He is also a Marine Corps platoon sergeant and squad leader and Semper Fi Society financial officer. He is scheduled to graduate in May.

J.D. Sehorne Trophy
Hotel Company

           The J.D. Sehorne Trophy is presented annually to the cadet platoon that wins the regimental platoon drill competition. Accepting the award on behalf of Hotel Company and leader of the winning platoon is Cadet 2nd Lt. Thomas H. Welsh Jr. of White Marsh, Md.

Air Force Watch
Cadet 2nd Lt. Le T. Nguyen of Cypress, Calif.

           The award is presented each year to the outstanding first-class (senior) aerospace science cadet who possesses outstanding leadership characteristics, a positive attitude, great personal appearance, ethics and superior growth potential as a future commissioned officer.

           Cadet Nguyen is a criminal justice major who will graduate May 8. A member of Hotel Company, he has been recognized with Gold Stars and Dean's List honors for academic achievement. He is the recipient of the American Legion ROTC Leadership Medal and the Reeves-White ROTC Medal. After graduation, Nguyen will be commissioned in the Air Force and has plans to work in Air Force OSI in Misawa AFB Japan.

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