Tyler Paul Smith presented with John O. Willson Ring
Graduating cadet Tyler Paul Smith of Bremen, Ga., is the 2013 recipient of the John O. Willson Ring. The ring was presented today during commencement exercises at The Citadel.
The Willson Ring has been awarded annually since 1911 to a senior elected by his or her peers as the finest, purest and most courteous member of the class. Willson, who was a Citadel student until 1862 when he left to join the Confederate Army, established the award to honor the most popular student among his or her peers.
Smith is a political science major with a pre-law emphasis.
In addition to being a Gold Star and Dean's List student, Smith has held one of the most challenging and cherished leadership positions within the South Carolina Corps of Cadets: chairman of the Honor Committee. In that role he has overall responsibility for running the cadet-led honor system and ensuring that members of the Corps understand the tenets of the code that says, "A cadet does not lie, cheat or steal, nor tolerate those who do."
Smith has also served as president of The Citadel Class of 2013. He is a member of The Citadel's Mock Trial Team and this past spring was elected Chief Justice of the South Carolina Student Legislature.
This fall, Cadet Smith intends to enroll in law school.