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2020 Lecture

The 5th Annual Gold Star Journal Academic Conference (GSJAC)

"A Celebration of Scholarship"

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 (Canceled)

6-8:30 pm

Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall

Citadel Students, Faculty, and Staff Welcome

This spectular evening would have marked the fifth anniversary conference.  The featured speakers would have included the published authors from The 2020 Gold Star Journal (GSJ) and Renowned Author Jason Ryan.   Nonfiction author Jason Ryan would have discussed the thrills of investigatory research, the importance of narrative storytelling, and the crucial roles several Citadel alumni played in South Carolina’s famous drug smuggling case, Operation Jackpot.

Picture of a trophy.
  • The conference would have included dinner, presentations, awards, a journal signing and cake cutting. 
  • Free copies of the journal would have been available for signing. 
  • Copies of Jason Ryan’s book would have been available for sale and signing.

Jason Ryan, Author of Race to Hawaii Elizabeth Spoehel Grant Speer

Jason Ryan

Author the following books:

  • Jackpot: High Times, High Seas, and the Sting That Launched the War of Drugs
  • Hell-Bent: One Man’s Crusade to Crush the Hawaiian Mob
  • Race to Hawaii: The 1927 Dole Air Derby and the Thrilling First Flights that Opened the Pacific.

Elizabeth Spoehel

Class of 2020

Mathematics and Computer Science Major

"Ethics of Artificial Intelligence"

Grant Speer

Class of 2022

Politocal Science Major

"Antarctica: Continued Cooperation?"

Matthew Blair Mark Vowels trophy for best overall submission

Matthew Blair

Class of 2020

Mathematics and Computer Science Major

"Wisdom of the Crowd"

Mark Vowels II

Class of 2020

Intelligence and Security Studies Major

"Human Trafficking: A Major Issue for the US"

Best Oral Presentation

This recognition comes with a monetary award of $600.

Mark Vowels II

Luke Timmerman Kennedy Fravel Harrison Wedgeworth

Luke Timmerman

Class of 2022

Mechanical Engineering Major

"American Nuclear Energy in the Twenty-First Century"

Kennedy Fravel

Class of 2023

Biology Major

"Defining the Gap between Reality and the Fantastic in E.T.A. Hoffman's Romantic Literature"

Harrison Wedgeworth

Class of 2021

English and French Double Major

"Identifying the Impacts Due to the Correlation Between Charleston’s Crime Rate and Gentrification"

2019-2020 GSJ Staff

Jake Norris, Editor-in-Chief (2022, Computer Science)

Taylor Diggs, Assistant Editor-in-Chief (2022, Political Science)

Carleton Bailiff III, Assistant Editor-in-Chief (2021, Psychology Major)

Daniel Wilkes, Editor (2021, Political Science and History)

Steven Jones, Editor (2022, Mechanical Engineering)

Ashley Ruiz, Editor (2022, Political Science and Intelligence)

Dr. Suzanne T. Mabrouk, Advisor (Chemistry)



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