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Citadel News Service
5 May 2012

Franklin Clay Settle named 2012 John. O. Willson Ring recipient


Franklin Clay Settle of Inman, S.C., is the 2012 recipient of the John O. Willson Ring. Settle was recognized during today’s South Carolina Corps of Cadets Commencement Exercises in the McAlister Field House.

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.

In addition to the ring, Settle received a letter from the 2011 recipient Zachary Thomas Honeycutt.

As the commander of Delta Company and the top-ranked Civil Engineering major, Settle has been an exceptional student. He received the Colonel Loring K. Himelright Scholarship, which is awarded annually to the student selected as number one by the Civil Engineering faculty. Furthermore, Settle has been named to the President’s List and Commandant’s List, and earned Gold Stars multiple times.

This year, Settle served as president of The Citadel chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, which was recently recognized nationally as the best student chapter in the United States. Settle also served as the vice president of the Class of 2012.

Settle will begin his engineering career with the Flour Corporation in Greenville, S.C.

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