Palmetto Battery, Alpha, Echo honored for achievements in '08-'09
Palmetto Battery, Alpha and Echo companies have been recognized for outstanding leadership, academic and military performance and community responsibility that occurred during the 2008-2009 academic year. The awards were presented during the Sept. 11, 2009 military dress parade at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.
The President’s Cup was established by Gen. Hugh P. Harris, president of The Citadel from 1967 to 1970. The cup is awarded annually to the cadet company that establishes the highest combined score in academic achievement, military performance, extracurricular participation and fourth-class retention during the previous academic year.
The President’s Cup is the highest honor that can be given to a cadet company. The winning company receives the title of Honor Company and this year will serve as ambassadors of The Citadel during special functions statewide.
The Honor Company is Alpha Company. Cadet Capt. Thomas Sullivan, company commander, accepted the award. Alpha won this award last year too.
The Gen. Charles P. Summerall Cup is named for The Citadel’s president from 1931 to 1953. It is donated by the European Citadel Association and is awarded annually to the cadet company with the best academic achievement. Companies are rated on average GPA for the fall and spring semesters with consideration for any increase or decrease between semesters.
This year’s Summerall Cup winner with an overall GPA 3.03 is Palmetto Battery. Cadet Capt. Wil Piepenbring, company commander, accepted the award. This is the 9th consecutive year Palmetto Battery has won this award.
The Commandant’s Cup is presented annually to the company earning the highest points in parade and squad drill performance. The award was established by Lt. Col. William C. Miller, commandant from 1926 to 1931.
The 2008-2009 winner of the Commandant’s Cup is Echo Company. Echo commander Cadet Capt. Robert Miller accepted the award.
The Milton A. Pearlstine Award is presented annually by The Citadel Alumni Association in honor of Milton A. Pearlstine, Citadel Class of 1919 and past association president. The award recognizes the cadet company achieving the highest freshman class GPA for the previous school year.
The winner is Palmetto Battery. Commander Cadet Capt. Wil Piepenbring accepted the award. Palmetto Battery has won this award eight times since 1998-1999. This is the sixth consecutive win.
The Murray D. Bonnoitt Award is presented annually in honor of Murray D. Bonnoitt, Citadel Class of 1962 and past president of the alumni association to the cadet company with the highest freshman class retention rate for the previous school year.
This year’s winner is Alpha Company. Commander Cadet Capt. Thomas Sullivan accepted the award.