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First African American women to graduate from The Citadel, Class of 2002

The Magnificent 7 - the first African American women to graduate from The Citadel


“We are paving the way for other Black women, all women really, to have the chance to be here.”1First African American women to graduate from The Citadel, Class of 2002

Genieve Hardney

Genieve Hardney, ’02 – BADM – Charlie/November, Rifle Team

"I am thankful for my experiences at The Citadel. They have helped make me the person I am today. Whatever comes my way, big or small, I come off as a positive individual and always keep moving forward."

Genieve Marshall (nee Hardney) keeps herself very busy working at Newark Airport, helping others as a Beach Body Coach, and caring for two active daughters. Her husband is a Marine Engineer who sails throughout the world keeping the boats he’s on in good working order.

Source and image: Ms. Marshall

Toshika Hudson

Toshika J. Hudson – Psychology, Company Commander for Lima Company (2001-02), Track and Field and Cross Country, First woman cadet to place second in an event (heptathalon) at the SoCon Track and Field Championships

"The true test of an individual is the ability to endure hardships and overcome adversity. These attributes build character. I can truly say that my experiences as a cadet in the long gray line have greatly shaped the woman I am today."

Toshika Hudson married Dan Cannon (Mike Company) soon after both graduated from The Citadel. Ms. Hudson-Cannon worked as a special education teacher for a number of years. Currently, she is a stay-at-home mom, with three children (the youngest just born in February).

Source: Ms. Hudson-Cannon

Renee Hypolite

Dr. Renee E. Hypolite, ’02 – Biology – Palmetto Battery, Track and Field, Tau Nu Chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the national honor society for undergraduate biology students at The Citadel

Dr. Renee Hypolite earned her medical degree and subsequently completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Hypolite is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Hypolite is proud to work in a practice where caring and compassion, combined with education and experience, provide the best in women’s health.

Dr. Hypolite is married to Chukwumaobi Onyeanusi, who is a commercial pilot and flies for a regional airline. They are the proud parents of a son, Ajani

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Jamey Mccloud

Jamey McCloud – Hotel, Human Affairs Officer, African American Society

"After graduating from The Citadel I knew I wanted to work in the healthcare profession and make an impact on helping others. I knew there was something more I needed to do. I went back to school and obtained a second degree, which is an Associate’s Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology from Trident Technical College. After graduating from Trident Technical College I worked a various hospitals and later on became a certified Traveling Medical Laboratory Scientist. I got a wonderful opportunity to work as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in Hematology, Chemistry, and Microbiology on an Indian Reservation in Ogema, Minnesota. I enjoyed serving the Native American Community and being able to give back what I have learned and to make an impact on their lives. One of my most memorable experiences was serving the veteran population at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. I have a deep admiration for veterans that protect our country and our freedom."

"I am currently working as a Medical Laboratory Scientist at the University of North Carolina at Eastowne in Chapel Hill, NC. I work in the areas of Hematology, Chemistry, and Immunology. In this role I review Quality Control results per laboratory protocol, perform calibrations, and perform repeatability and carryover procedures. I am a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathology and an honorary member of The Girl Scouts of America. In my spare time I enjoy reading, hiking, and traveling. I will always remember that it takes a team of people to be successful, no one can build success alone."

Natosha Mitchell

Natosha Mitchell, ’02 BADM, Bravo Company, Women’s Volleyball, Track/Cross Country (freshman year), Gospel Choir, African American Society.

"I often ask myself, knowing what I know now and how my experience was, would I still make the choice to attend The Citadel. My answer without hesitation is yes. For every bad experience there were two good ones to replace it. It made me a stronger and more determined person and let me know that there is nothing that can stop me from accomplishing any goal I set my mind too. While race is still an issue in our society it should never be a hindrance."

Natosha Mitchell has been working in the auto insurance industry for a number of years. Currently, she is a Liability Supervisor for Assurance America Corp. She has been working in their Auto Claims Dept since December 2008.

Ms. Mitchell has a 7 year old son. She is engaged to be married to Andrew L. Johnson, III who was The Citadel’s quarterback in 1999-2000. Her younger brother, Christopher Jefferson, graduated from The Citadel (Mike Co) in 2009. She is very proud of him for that!

Source and image: Natosha Mitchell

Sha Peterson, The Citadel

Lesjanusar “Sha” Peterson – Political Science, India Company (for three years), Human Affairs Officer (Junior Year), Regimental Public Affairs Officer (Senior Year), Gold Stars (two semesters), Dean’s List (seven semesters), SC Cadet Medal of Merit, National Industrial Association ROTC award, member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Association, Bulldog/Bullpup mentoring program, Citadel Gospel Choir, President of African American Society, Scripture reader, Volleyball team manager (one year)

“Choosing to attend The Citadel was one of the best decisions I've ever made. It took confidence, resilience, and determination to not only survive, but to thrive in The Citadel's unique environment. I am the person I am today because I dared to step up to the challenge and refused to back down. I know I can conquer anything, and it's because I'm a Citadel woman.”

After graduating from The Citadel, Ms. Peterson served our country in the Air Force (4 years active duty) and the Illinois Air National Guard (5 years). She deployed to the Middle East three times, including once to Iraq. She is a life-long learner, earning an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2008 and currently in her second year at Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, GA.

She has been married for six years to a “fantastic man” whom she met while on active duty.

Source: Sha Peterson

AJ Watson, The Citadel

Adrienne "AJ" Watson, '02 -- Platoon Leader for Hotel Company. Women's Volleyball, Gospel Choir, African American Society, Dean's List

Adrienne received her commission on 11 May 2002, immediately after graduation, as a 2LT in the United States Army. MAJ. Crosby (nee Watson) has served in the US Army for almost 11 years as a Signal Officer (25A).

She has served in various positions such as Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Signal Advisor to the Iraqi Army, Brigade S6, and Network Operations Officer.

Her deployments include:
- Haiti (March 2004) in support of Operation Secure Tomorrow
- Nicaragua (June 2005)
- Iraq (2007-2008)

The Citadel prepared Adrienne by defining her leadership skills, discipline, and "WON'T QUIT" attitude which allowed for a smooth transition into being a senior leader in the United States Army. "I try to instill, loyalty, a sense of duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage (7 Army Values) into all of my Soldiers under my leadership. I encourage them to "give nothing less than their very best in all areas of their life."

MAJ Crosby married her AWESOME husband, Special Agent Richard J. Crosby on 24 July 2010. He is a former United States Marine who now works with the U.S. Department of State.

Crosby was also featured in the 2014 edition of Women's History Month.

Source: MAJ Crosby


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