Palmetto Battery takes Kelly Cup, President's Cup
Parents' Weekend 2006 kicked into high gear Saturday as hundreds of parents, families and friends converged on campus for a day of activity - from drill contests and musical entertainment to an afternoon of tailgating and football.
The traditional Saturday military dress parade was held in honor of all parents. The highlight of the parade was the ceremonial induction of the Class of 2010 into the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.
With 574 men and women, the members of the Class of 2010 were promoted from cadet recruits to cadet privates. The ceremony, held on Parents’ Weekend each year, marks the end of the cadre training period, which began on Aug. 12. Cadre is disbanded and the freshmen are fully integrated into the structure of the cadet organization.
As is a Parents’ Weekend tradition, the parents of Regimental Commander Cadet Col. Tim Devine represented all parents at the parade. Charles Devine took part in the jeep review of the Corps of Cadets along with his son and Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa.
Three awards were presented Saturday to honor the outstanding achievements of cadets and cadet companies.
Todd L. Dorney Memorial Sword
The Todd L. Dorney Memorial Sword is presented annually in memory of Army Lt. Todd L. Dorney, a 1980 Citadel graduate. The sword 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.
This year’s recipient is Cadet Capt. Curtis T. Knie, Oscar Company commander.
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 Echo, Golf and Tango companies and Palmetto Battery.
Cadet Staff Sgt. James D. Horne, who led the winning Palmetto Battery squad, accepted the award on his company's behalf.
The President’s Cup was established by the president of the college in 1967. It is awarded annually to the cadet company that establishes the highest combine score in academic achievement, military performance, extracurricular participation, fourth-class retention and the fewest disciplinary cases during the previous academic year. The President’s Cup is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a cadet company.
This year’s winner is Palmetto Battery. Accepting the award on the company’s behalf was Cadet Capt. Raymond A. Kuderka, Palmetto Battery commander.