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Citadel News Service

For Release
Oct. 7, 2003

Outstanding achievement honors presented at Parents' Weekend

          Romeo and Hotel companies walked away with two of the top awards presented during Parents' Weekend each year.     

Romeo Cadet Staff Sgt. Kyle O'Donohoe (left) accepts the Regimental Comanders Cup streamer from 2004 Regimental Commander Keane Philips.

       The Regimental Commander's Bowl was established in 1972 to recognize the cadet company with the most successful cadre as demonstrated by the fourth-class attrition rate, fourth-class performance in close order drill, physical training and knob knowledge.

         This year's winner was Romeo Company. Romeo Company Commander Russell Frierson accepted the award during the parade Saturday, Oct. 4. Romeo Staff Sgt. Kyle O'Donohoe of San Diego, Calif., accepted the Regimental Commander's Cup streamer during an earlier ceremony in Law Barracks.

          Each year cadet companies compete for the Kelly Cup, which is awarded to the best-drilled fourth-class squad in the Corps of Cadets. The four best-drilled squads were chosen after preliminary competitions among all 18 cadet companies. The four that competed for the Kelly Cup Saturday morning were Foxtrot, Hotel, Mike and Romeo.

Hotel Company Squad Sergeant Cadet Sgt. Luke Moore (right) accepts the Kelly Cup streamer from Regimental Commander Keane Philips

        The third squad of the first platoon in Hotel Company, led by Company Squad Sergeant Cadet Sgt. Luke Moore of Chuluota, Fla., won the Kelly Cup for the 2003-2004 school year. Moore accepted the streamer following the competition in Law Barracks and later accepted the Kelly Cup award at parade on Saturday.

          The companies will display the streamers on the unit guidon for the next year.

          During Friday's dress parade, Army ROTC awards were presented to two cadets.

          The Widder Award is presented annually in memory of Capt. David Widder, a 1959 Citadel graduate who was killed in Vietnam while serving in the Army.

          The award 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.

          This year's recipient is Cadet Maj. Nicholas D. Goshen, regimental athletic officer, of Stow, Ohio.           

Retired Army Col. Walter Ballard Clark presents Golf Compnay Platoon Leader 2nd Lt. Timothy Grantonic (right) with the Col. Walter Ballard Clark Award. Cadet Maj. Nicholas D. Goshen (center, rear) received the Todd L. Dorney Memorial Sword and Scholarship and the Widder Award.

       The Col. Walter Ballard Clark Award was established in 1977 by members of The Citadel's Army ROTC instructor group to honor Col. Walter Ballard Clark's service in the military and at The Citadel. Clark, 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.

          This year the award was presented to Cadet 2nd Lt. Timothy E. Grantonic, Golf Company platoon leader, of Charleston.

          The Todd L. Dorney Memorial Sword and Scholarship is presented annually in memory of retired Army Lt. Todd L. Dorney, a 1980 Citadel graduate. The award goes to a senior under Army ROTC contract whose ROTC performance is in the top 10 percent of the class.

          During advanced summer training, the cadet who receives this award must have performed in a satisfactory manner during training and have demonstrated marked qualities of character, leadership, tolerance, humanitarianism and respect for peers.

          Cadet Maj. Nicholas D. Goshen, regimental athletic officer, of Stow Ohio, received the award this year.




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