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Citadel News Service
6 May 2016

The Citadel Class of 2016 graduates recognized for leadership and achievements

Lt. Brian Bilbo received Air Force ROTC award from Col. Clay Hall



Lt. Brian Bilbo receives Air Force ROTC award from Col. Clay Hall




Many leaders in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets have new awards to add to their resumes. More than 50 cadets and students were recognized for excellence in areas of academics, leadership and civic and military ROTC service at the 2016 Awards Convocation. The event was held Thursday, May 5, at The Citadel’s McAlister Field House.

Air Force ROTC Distinguished Graduates Award
This award recognizes the senior cadet(s) scheduled for commissioning who most exemplify the core values of the United States Air Force, as chosen by The Citadel Air Force ROTC Department, taking into consideration leadership skills, scholastic aptitude, integrity, service to others, and overall excellence.

  • Lt. Brian Bilbo - 3.6, electrical engineering. (Also chosen as top Air Force ROTC cadet by USAF in 2015. See video here.) From Winder, Georgia. Reporting to specialized undergraduate pilot training at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi.
  • Lt. Matthew Nedolast - 3.5, political science, from Akron, Ohio.

Air Force ROTC Academic Excellence Award
This award recognized the senior cadet, scheduled for commission, who has achieved the highest cumulative grade point average.

  • Lt. John Tippetts - 4.0, business administration, from Boerne, Texas.

American Legion College Award
Presented to a senior cadet(s) who has demonstrated qualities of military leadership, discipline, and citizenship through service to others, dedication to values, and honor to self and country.

  • Lt. Kane McManus - U.S. Air Force pilot training school; from Charleston, South Carolina.

Association of Military Colleges and Schools of The United States President’s Award
Presented annually to a graduating member of the Corps of Cadets who exemplifies the finest traditions of The Citadel and best represents the end result of its mission.

  • Cadet Luis Parrado - Honors Program, 4.0, political science with pre-law concentration. Will enter The London Parliamentary Fellows Program with goal of becoming a federal prosecutor.

Top Company Athletic Officer
Recognized by his/her peers out of the 21 company athletic officers for top engagement and success in managing the college physical effectiveness program, tests, remedial training and weigh management program as well as managing the Corps’ intramural program.

  • Cadet Chris Vanacore of Echo Company. Eagle Scout from Fleming, New Jersey. Planning career in law enforcement.

Top Non-Varsity Athletics Cadets
Criteria include outstanding performance, athleticism, sportsmanship, spirit of competition.

  • Cadet Jeff Benedict - 3.9, business administration. Led Alpha Company to repeat championships in flag football and a first in arena football. From Greenville, South Carolina.
  • Cadet Kimberly Maldonado - intramural soccer with Delta Company, helping lead the team to top 1/3 tier in category. (Also a varsity soccer player.)

The Citadel Board of Visitors Trophy
Awarded annually to the cadet company that excels in physical effectiveness, one of the four pillars of the college.

  • Echo Company

Club Sport Captain of the Year Award
Presented In Honor Of Harry G. Hitopoulos, Citadel Class Of 1952, and Citadel Boxing Coach From 1982 To 2006. Designated for the club sport captain who has provided exemplary leadership on and off the playing field and chosen by the club sports’ captains with the battalion and company athletic officers.

  • Lt. Eraina Manor - four-year letter winner and captain of Bulldogs’ golf team. She is the first Bulldog to record a sub-81 career scoring average. Leaving for U.S. Army Military Intelligence training. From Roanoke, Texas.

The Colonel Floyd W. Brown Memorial Award
Presented to senior cadet who contributed to the success of cadet life and exhibits highest degree in customs and courtesies of a cadet, citizen and solders.

  • Cadet Dylan Green - physics major. Moves on to Clemson University for Ph.D. in atomic, molecular and optical physics. Goal is to work with ion trap-based quantum computers. From Greenville, South Carolina.

Mark W. Clark Honor Committee Award for Exemplary Service
Presented to the member of the honor committee judged to have made the greatest contribution to the honor system throughout the school year.

  • Cadet Aaron Hutchinson, moving to Charlotte, North Carolina to begin career at Babson Capital Management. From Gainesville, Georgia.

The Walter B. Clark Award
Given in honor of the former commandant of cadets, Citadel Class of 1951, to the cadet who achieves the highest overall standing at the Army ROTC advanced camp.

  • Lt. Nicholas Alford - U.S. Army Chemical Corps.

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society Award
Awarded annually to the graduating senior considered the most outstanding in the performance of cadet and military activities who will be commissioned into the armed forces.

  • Lt. Brian Bilbo, who will report to specialized undergraduate pilot training at Columbus air force base, Mississippi.

Lieutenant Colonel Harvey M. Dick Official United States Army Sword
Presented annually by the society of the sons of the American Revolution to the most outstanding cadet being commissioned in the United States Army. The sword is awarded in recognition of the superior academic and leadership skills which the recipient has demonstrated as a cadet.

  • Cadet Wil Hooker - to be commissioned spring of 2017 in U.S. Army.

Todd L. Dorney Award
Presented annually to an Army contract cadet ranked in the top 10% of his or her class with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Must exemplify qualities of leadership and respect of peers. Lt. Dorney was a member of the class of 1980. His parents established this award in his memory.

  • Cadet Joel Smith - civil and environmental engineering major. Hopes to join the National Guard upon commissioning in 2017 as a civil engineer.

The William Porcher Dubose Award
Presented annually by the General Organization of the United Daughters of the Confederacy to the First Honor Graduate in memory of Cadet Dubose, who was a citizen soldier, First Honor Graduate and ranking cadet of the Class of 1855.

  • Cadet Matthew Scalise - First Honor Graduate, biology. From Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The Wade Hampton Saber
Awarded annually by the South Carolina division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, to the cadet who is outstanding in leadership and who makes the greatest contribution to The Citadel while a cadet.

  • Lt. Colin Graham - political science. Commissioning in U.S. Marine Corps.

Carlisle Norwood Hastie Award
Given annually to the graduating cadet who selected by classmates for showing the most tact, consideration, and courtesy to fellow cadets.

  • Lt. Brooks Wagstaff - 3.95, political science major with Chinese minor. Commissioning into United States Army.

Hemingway Award
Given to senior who throughout his or her cadet career made the greatest contribution as a Christian cadet on the athletic field and to the spiritual life of the corps of cadets. It is named for Marine Corps Lt. Colonel Thomas e. Hemingway, Citadel Class of 1960.

  • Cadet Craig Miller - member of the Bulldog football team, 3.7 electrical engineering.

Lieutenant Colonel Leigh Arnold Hochreich Memorial Award
Given annually to a first class cadet who best displays strong character, love of fellow man, patriotism, loyalty, and devotion to The Citadel.

  • Cadet John Raad - 3.8, business administration, supply chain management concentration.

Major William Marks Hutson Award
Presented each year to the rising senior cadet who portrays outstanding leadership ability, academic standing, and devotion to duty.

  • Cadet Joel Neuder - 4.0, civil engineering.

John Paul Jones Sword
Sponsored by the Charleston Commandery Naval Order of the United States, it recognizes a Navy ROTC Midshipman Second Class who has demonstrated leadership excellence and military bearing personifying the high ideals and principles which motivated and sustained our naval forefathers. The Citadel Professor of Naval Science selects the recipient.

  • ENS Samuel Douglas - civil engineering. Originally adopted from Ethiopia along with his twin sister who will be commissioned in the United States Army.

Brigadier General James E. Mace Leadership Award
Presented annually to a senior commissioned in the military who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the day to day running of the corps of cadets. The individual must exhibit unswerving love for The Citadel along with the leadership traits of honor, self-discipline, courage, patriotism, high moral standards, and service to fellow cadets.

  • Cadet Louis Boyd -will be commissioned into the United States Marines after summer training with hopes to becoming an infantry officer.

Lt. Dan Malcomb, Jr., Memorial Sword
Given in memory of Malcomb, United States Marine Corps and Citadel Class of 2001. Malcomb was struck by a sniper’s bullet in 2004 during Operation Al Fajr in Iraq and was posthumously awarded the bronze star with combat distinguishing service.

  • Lt. Matthew Kraft - in recognition of his leadership and dedication while a member of The Citadel Naval ROTC unit. Commissioning as a ground intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps.

General George C. Marshall Award
Presented annually to a senior being commissioned in the United States Army. Recipient must be the top graduating senior from the cadet’s battalion, have completed the leadership development and assessment course, and have demonstrated leadership and scholastic qualities that epitomize the career of General George C. Marshall.

  • Lt. Brooks Wagstaff - reporting to U.S. Army Ranger School with assignment to the 101st Airborne Division.

D. S. McAlister Student Activities Award
Presented annually to the senior who has made the greatest contribution to the Department of Cadet Activities.

  • Lt. Brian Downey - 4th Battalion Activities Officer. Commissioning in United States Army Branched Medical Service Corps, reporting to 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

The Cadet Medal of Merit
Presented by the Adjutant General of South Carolina to an outstanding senior who exemplifies the traits of leadership, scholastic achievement, conduct and participation in cadet and college activities.

  • James McManus - 3.9, Education with a Fine Art minor. Representing the United States of America as a Fulbright Fellow teaching in Norway.

CNO Distinguished Midshipman Graduates Program
Established to honor naval reserve officers training Corps midshipmen who demonstrate the highest standards of leadership, scholarship, and military performance.

  • Lt. Jimmy Urban - The Citadel Class of 2016 Regimental Commander. 3.6, criminal justice. Commissioning in the United States Navy entering dive school, followed By Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal School.

Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States General Charles P. Summerall Award
Given annually to a senior who has excelled in ROTC, leadership, and the study of military history. The individual must be scheduled for commissioning in the United States military and in good academic and disciplinary standing.

  • Lt. Madison Mayleben - psychology, commissioning in United States Army Branch Air Defense Artillery. From Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Robert G. Miller Sword
Established by the children of Robert G. Miller, as a memorial to their father who dedicated his life to public service. During World War II, Miller served in the Army under General Patton seeing action in the “Battle of the Bulge.” The sword is awarded to a Navy midshipman or officer candidate who has excelled in a Navy battalion leadership position, devoted his/her time to public service, and is in the top 25% of his or her graduating class.

  • Lt. Taylor Scott - physics. Commissioning in U.S. Navy in pilot training at Pensacola, Florida.

Captain H. Carl Josephson Sword
Presented by The Charleston Council of The Navy League, awarded to a Navy option cadet or active duty student who has demonstrated superior academic and leadership skills during four years at The Citadel. The sword is sponsored by Fran Josephson-Suddeth in memory of her husband, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in 1952 and Commanding Officer of the USS Trumpetfish.

  • Lt. Jimmy Urban - The Citadel Class of 2016 Regimental Commander. 3.6, criminal justice. Commissioning in the United States Navy entering dive school, followed By Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal School.

Brigadier General William Lee Smith Sword
Presented by The Charleston Council of the Navy League, is awarded to a Marine Corps option cadet or active duty student who has demonstrated superior academic and leadership skills during four years at the citadel. In memory of her husband, Jane Williams-Mays established this award.

  • Lt. Miller Dial - Commissioning in the United States Marine Corps.

South Carolina Society of The Order of Founders and Patriots Award
Given to the cadet who has best shown, through his or her superior historical scholarship, an exceptional understanding of and a respect for our founding forefathers and revolutionary patriots and their sacrifices as well as those who have defended our nation since that time.

  • Lt. John Hope - 3.96, political science and German. Commissioning in the United States Army.

The Colonel Joseph E. Perkins Honor Committee Award
Presented to a member of the Honor Committee in recognition of invaluable service to the Corps of Cadets by upholding and promoting the high ideals of the citadel honor system.

  • Cadet Edward Kelley - Chairman of the 2016 honor committee.

R. B. Pitts III Memorial Award
Given in memory of Cadet Reuben B. Pitts III, Citadel Class of 1963, to the junior cadet who is selected by classmates as showing the greatest concern for the well-being of others. The poll is conducted by the junior class officers.

  • Stacy Coleman - electrical engineering. From Marion, South Carolina.

Society of the Daughters of American Colonists Silver Bowl Award
Presented annually by the Daughters of the American Colonists to the graduating cadet who has contributed to the idea of teamwork, morale, and service to others at the citadel and in the community.

  • Cadet Ashley Williams - criminal justice major, volunteer firefighter.

Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Award
Annual recognition of the cadet who wins the Corps-wide speaking competition. The award was established in 2011 by the Patricia McArver Oral Communications Lab to spotlight talented cadet speakers and to honor Smith, Citadel Class of 1947, who established the lab. Smith founded a privately owned company in 1954 which grew into one of the nation’s largest distributors of pharmaceutical products.

  • Cadet Ademola Salami - this is the second time Salami has been chosen for this award.

Special Forces Association Award of Excellence
Presented annually to a freshman or sophomore cadet who is contracted in one of ROTC departments, who displays scholastic excellence, military proficiency, leadership qualities, and dedication to mission.

  • Robert Weigand - 3.9, civil and environmental engineering. The Citadel Class of 2018.

Widder Award
Established By Mr. And Mrs. John D. Widder, in honor of their son, Captain David J. Widder, United States Army, Citadel Class of 1959, who was killed in action in Vietnam. It is presented to the most outstanding distinguished military student in Army ROTC. The Widders passed away, with no heirs and no funds for this award, so in honor of their classmate the Class of 1959 raised money in 2005 to cover the award for the next 100 years. Each spring another member of the class of 1959 has the honor of presenting the award.

  • Lt. Jacob Robbins - After commissioning in the United States Army he will report to the Maneuver Center of Excellence in Fort Benning, Georgia, for training which includes airborne and ranger schools.

William G. Willard, Jr. Award
Given annually to a junior cadet who has been selected by the senior cadet leadership for exemplifying the qualities of integrity, devotion to duty, and service to The Citadel.

  • Cadet Devin Oliver - a political science major, Oliver will be commissioned in the United States Army after graduation in 2017 and hopes to serve in military intelligence.

Undergraduate of the Year Award
Presented annually to the graduating senior selected by the business administration faculty as the most outstanding major in The Citadel School of Business.

  • Cadet Austin Winkler- business administration with concentration in supply chain and will work with Boeing in Puget Sound, Washington.

Col. Charles E. Hirshey Award
Charles Hirshey, Ph.D., served as head of The Citadel’s Department of Education (now the Zucker Family School of Education) from 1969 through 1979. He was a pioneer in education in the Low Country and a founding member of the Citadel Graduate College. The award recognizes the most outstanding graduate in teacher education.

  • Cadet Andrew Mai who earned a degree in secondary education with focus in biology and will teach at North Myrtle Beach High School.

Colonel Louis Shephard Letellier Award
Given annually to the member of the graduating class attaining the highest academic grade point ratio in civil engineering.

  • Lt. Marcus Padilla- 4.0, commissioning in the United States Navy and reporting to the naval nuclear power training command after graduation.

Peter Gaillard Memorial Award
Presented in memory of an outstanding 1948 graduate of The Citadel’s Department of Electrical Engineering. It recognizes an exceptional electrical and computer engineering senior cadet on the basis of scholastic attainment, leadership, and participation in extracurricular activities.

  • Cadet Craig Miller - 3.6

Society of American Military Engineers Award
Presented nationally each year to an ROTC cadet pursing either a 4 or 5 year engineering program. The cadet must be in the top 25 percent of her/his engineering and ROTC classes,

  • Lt. Anthony Milani - electrical engineering and commissioning in the United States Army
  • Lt. Marcus Padilla - civil engineering and commissioning in the United States Navy.

Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Award
Presented annually to the graduating senior in The Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences who best represents the commitment to academic excellence, the breadth of intellectual interests, and the dedication to public service exemplified by the life and career of Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Citadel Class of 1964; state legislator from 1968 through 1974; and Mayor of Charleston from 1975 until this year. The criterion is based on cumulative grade point ratio and successful completion of either a minor or second major within the school, a study abroad completion, or a significant service learning project.

  • Lt. Justine Zukowski - 3.8, international politics and military affairs, and minor in military and diplomatic history. Commissioning in the United States Army with deployment to South Korea.

School of Science and Mathematics Outstanding Student Award
Created to recognize superior academic achievement by an undergraduate student majoring in one of the school’s disciplines.

  • Cadet Matthew Scalise - First Honor Graduate who will present a research paper to the National Conference of the American Society of Microbiology in Boston, examining a more efficient and cost-effective way to conduct water quality testing.

Doctor Francis Eugene Zemp Award
Presented to the senior cadet in the field of pre-med with the highest academic average.

Cadet Matthew Scalise - First Honor Graduate, 4.0, biology with pre-med concentration. Scalise will enter the University of South Carolina School Of Medicine in Greenville.

Honorable Falcon Black Hawkins, Jr. Award
Dedicated to the late Falcon B. Hawkins, Citadel Class of 1958 and United States District Court Judge for South Carolina. He served as chief judge from 1990 through 1993. Hawkins was a man of great patience, wisdom, and humility, who consistently demonstrated integrity and sound judgment. This award recognizes The Citadel veteran cadet or day student who, Like Judge Hawkins, has demonstrated patience, wisdom, humility, academic achievement, servant leadership, and sound judgment while setting the example as a person of integrity.

  • Staff Sergeant Sean Yates, USMC - a student in The Citadel MECEP program, Yates graduates with a degree in business administration and minor in French after earning a 4.0 grade point average. He will continue his military career as a marine officer.

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