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Citadel News Service
15 Oct 2005

Parents' Weekend awards presented

Five awards were presented during Parents' Weekend 2005 festivities at The Citadel. Three cadets and two cadet companies were honored.

During the Friday, Oct. 14 military dress parade the Widder Award, the Col. Walter Ballard Clark Award, the Todd L. Dorney Memorial Sword and The Todd L. Dorney Memorial Scholarship were presented.

Cadets Scott R. Butler, Joseph C. Miller and Terrance A. Marshall salute after receiving their awards during the Oct. 14 military dress parade.

Cadet Capt. Joseph C. Miller, Mike Company commander, received both the Widder and Dorney Memorial Sword.

Cadet 2nd Lt. Scott R. Butler of Echo Company received the Clark award and Cadet Staff Sgt. Terrance A. Marshall, Alpha Company platoon sergeant, received the Dorney Scholarship.

Members of The Citadel's Army ROTC instructor group established the Col. Walter Ballard Clark award in 1977 to honor 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.

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.

The Todd L. Dorney Memorial Sword and Scholarship 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.

During Saturday's Parents' Weekend events the Regimental Commander's Bowl and the Kelly Cup were presented to Palmetto Battery.

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. Accepiting the award was Palmetto Battery Commander Philip Wingo.

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 Alpha, Hotel, Regimental Band and Palmetto Battery. Cadet Sgt. Caleb Ling, who led the Palmetto Battery squad, accepted the award on his company's behalf.

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