Students – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Fri, 02 Oct 2020 18:57:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Students – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 Most distinguished cadets named to fall 2019 President’s List https://today.citadel.edu/most-distinguished-cadets-named-to-fall-2019-presidents-list-2/ Fri, 02 Oct 2020 18:56:58 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=19139 The President’s List, recognizing academic and military excellence, is one of the most distinguished cadet awards presented by The Citadel.]]>

The President’s List is one of the most distinguished cadet awards presented by The Citadel. It indicates excellence in academics and military duties. The list is a combination of the Dean’s List and the Commandant’s Distinguished List and is composed of cadets who contribute the most to their companies while maintaining excellent military and academic records.

The following cadets have been recognized for their outstanding work during the spring 2020 semester:

FirstLast
ZacharyAdkins
ShannonArias
JaceBaer
MaryBallentine
MichelleBanzon
MadelaineBarbee
KielBilton
JaydonBinstock
MichaelBrunet
RyanCherrier
RobertClement
WilliamClements
HannahCollee
JonathanCribb
JesseCrook
MatthewDahlen
ChadDuncan
JohnEggers
AaronFannin
TrentonGambrell
GraysonGasque
ZavierGebrayel
WilliamGreene
SylvesterGuillermo
NoahHammond
HamiltonHardman
AlecHart
MichaelHocutt
KienenHolmes
Mao-XiangHou
MatthewHurtt
KalebHyland
IanJenkins
JulianJenkins
RobertJennings
PatrickJohnson
KarlJohnson
JamesKober
BenjaminLigons
JosefinoLubang
MadisonMatthews
AnnabelleMiller
DonovanO'Dea
IsaacPatterson
NicholasPiacentini
CalebRaab
GeorgeSchlageter
JohnSimone
LukeSolomon
NicoleSpohn
IanStephan
DanielStone
DavidStringer
TimothyToomer
NoelTurner
MatthewWall
BraxtonWeaver
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Gold stars for spring 2020 awarded to Citadel cadets and students https://today.citadel.edu/gold-stars-for-spring-2020-awarded-to-citadel-cadets-and-students/ Fri, 02 Oct 2020 18:41:59 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18655 Gold stars are awarded each semester to cadets and students who have earned a grade point ratio of 3.7 or higher. ]]>

Recognizing the academic successes of Citadel cadets and students is a special tradition each semester, even one as atypical as this. But these cadets and students earned their grades in unique circumstances and were able to focus on their studies while transitioning to virtual learning in March 2020.

Gold stars are awarded to cadets and students who have earned a grade point ratio of 3.7 or higher.

The following are cadets and students who received the honor for their work accomplished in the spring semester of 2020:

South Carolina Corps of Cadets

FirstLast
FletcherAbee
JennaAdcock
AdrianAlizadeh
IsaacAl-Tamimi
ChristalAltidor
AllysonAnsell
ShannonArias
BrentBachelor
JaceBaer
EmmaBaguer
ChaseBailey
CarletonBailiff
ChristopherBaker
HeathBaker
JohnBaker
MaryBallentine
EverettBarkley
WilliamBarnes
JoelBaslot
JoshuaBaxa
JasonBeal
PorterBeal
JenniferBeare
RiversBenton
RyanBilitski
WilhelmBirkholz
JackBlackburn
KingslandBland
ChristianBlase
MarquiseBlount
SamuelBlumer
BrianBolchoz
RubyBolden
JaydenBossian
RobertBrabston
MynaBrainos
JustinBrannon
RobertBraucht
JacksonBridges
ConnorBrownlee
MichaelBrunet
TamiaBurch
NolanBurdette
TylerBurgess
ColeBurke
IanButler
MirabellaCalabrase
CameronCamacho
MatthewCampbell
ThomasCampbell
AveryCanady
AlexandriaCarter
AlbertCastro
JordanCavender
ChristopherCelli
JohnCharles
ChristianChekroun
Yen-RuChen
SeanCherney
Chia-FengChiang
ChristianChristianson
DylanChristmas
KathrynChristmas
CameronClark
RobertClement
WilliamClements
MicahCohen
HannahCollee
TrevorCompton
GavinConnolly
KeeganConnolly
WilliamConnor
MariaContreras
JohnCooke
TylerCorbitt
AristaCouture
BraxtonCrawford
RobertCrawford
JonathanCribb
JacksonCrimminger
CarlCuster
JonathanCyrus
LukeDarling
AndrewDavis
RileyDavis
EvanDawkins
DylanDeCosty
ChristiandeJong
BryanDela Cruz
RobertDeMarre
MicahDersch
HayleyDettenmayer
MatthewDevine
TaylorDiggs
HannahDion
MatthewDittrich
LoganDix
JamesDixon
MatthewDixon
MyaDollard
JamesDorman
GrantDowis
LeonardoPlooy
TylerDuben
JacobDukes
MichaelDulin
OwenDunne
LukeEafano
RebekahEarhart
SethEdwards
MayaElassal
SamanthaEngel
Sean-ThomasFaulkner
JohnFeeney
WilliamFenlayson
RobertFenney
JosephField
EvanFish
JasonFlowers
RonaldFlowers
EtienneFonteneau
AnnikaFord
JacksonFord
BrentForrest
KennedyFravel
NicholasFricchione
DavisFuhrman
CameronFuller
NorthGaines
TrentonGambrell
JacksonGammons
BryceGarcia
BlakeGarwood
GraysonGasque
ZavierGebrayel
JoshuaGibson
ThomasGiles
WilliamGinn
DanielGladwell
ThomasGomes
KyleGoodwin
MichaelGoodwin
GarrettGraettinger
WilliamGraham
ColtonGray
ThomasGrealy
CodyGreen
StephenGriffin
CatherineGuenther
SylvesterGuillermo
HenryHamilton
MitchellHamm
ThomasonHand
JesseHarbaugh
JacobHardee
AlecHart
ConnerHays
JustinHedges
DevonHeisler
HarrisonHemminghaus
RyanHenrickson
JoshuaHewey
OliviaHime
CollinHinkle
MichaelHocutt
ElijahHolder
AllenHolladay
KienenHolmes
MichaelHooks
MatthewHorvath
Mao-XiangHou
BennettHoward
Ja'vierHoward
WilliamHowl
WilliamHudson
HunterHutton
JacobIngoe
OmarItani
GrayhamIves
EthanJackson
MalcolmJackson
AshleyJames
ErnestJames
JonathanJarrett
JamesJeffcoat
IanJenkins
RobertJennings
WilliamJensen
JaredJohnson
MasonJohnson
AndrewJones
StevenJones
ChristopherJordan
JacksonJoye
JosephJustis
ThomasKeller
WesleyKelley
SydneyKemp
TannerKennaw
BenjaminKicklighter
MellanieKing
GriffinKistler
GarrettKlein
JacobKnapp
JamesKober
RomanKokowsky
PatrickKress
KyleKretzer
RichardKrug
ThomasKyte
AngeleaLance
JosephLandstreet
JohnLanier
EmmaLarsen
EmoryLatimer
MarieLe Gallo
AnthonyLee
DavidLee
BenjaminLigons
EricLilling
AndrewLindenmeyer
NathanaelLing
SamuelLittle
AveryLollis
JacksonLong
TravisLott
PeiLu
JosefinoLubang
BennettLucas
EmilyLund
HarrisonMartin
WilliamMartin
MadisonMatthews
KaytlynneMcCord
EmmaMcCorkle
CullenMcCoy
WilliamMcDannald
MarshallMcKee
WilliamMckenzie
KennethMcSheehan
ChaseyMercado
ChotipatMetreethummaporn
WilliamMetts
LoganMichael
MelanieMikoy
ReginaMiles
AustinMiles-Curtsinger
AnnabelleMiller
TylerMiller
CelesteMontero
ZacharyMooney
HaydenMoore
JamesMoore
WilliamMoorman
WilliamMoran
JohnMorris
CalebMoseley
ChaseMuehl
JesseMurdaugh
ChristianNajjar
KevinNakai
DustinNeumann
TreonteNewton
BrooksO'Brien
BrandonOerman
AdebowaleOladimeji
JeraldOliver
KaitlynnO'Melia
RobertO'Neal
NathanOrosco
BoPan
AnsleyPantsari
ColtonParcell
JiePark
MasonPatnoude
IsaacPatterson
GarrettPeal
NoahPearson
WilliamPeeler
NathanPerry
PatrickPeters
NicholasPiacentini
LucyPincus
AkhilPrathipati
JaretPrice
BenjaminPrins
JacobProctor
HayesPruitt
JamesPruskowski
AidanPuzzio
JesseQuimby
PhillipQuinn
CalebRaab
WilliamRathke
JohnRaynor
KianRazzaghy
ElissaReckdenwald
MerrittReeves
VanessaReyes
PeterRiazzi
NicholasRoberson
ClarkRoberts
IanRodgers
BlakeRogers
ChristopherRohrer
JosephRoland
RobertRoser
HannahRoth
JohnRourke
DanteRovere
KrishawnRoyal
AshleyRuiz
RyanSalter
JosiahSchainblatt
EvanSchickel
GeorgeSchlageter
JackSchwartz
AlexeiSevernyak
DavidSeymour
SamuelSharnas
BrandonShively
BriannaSikes
JohnSimone
EricSkinner
ShilohSmiles
AndrewSmith
DanteSmith
SarahSmith
LukeSolomon
MadisonSomogyi
GrantSpeer
BradySpence
NicoleSpohn
JohnSprinkle
JacksonStancell
EthanStanley
WilliamStanley
HaydenStansbury
DavidStem
AlexanderStensland
IanStephan
BenjaminStephens
KallanStephens
GavinStewart
SamuelStockdale
GabrielStokes
JonathanStone
EmmaStrong
GarettSummers
MatthewSwain
AdamSwanson
TaylorSwiger
CliffordSwindel
EthanTaddy
JacobTaunton
AmandaTeague
MartynasTendzegolskis
TuckerThaggard
JacquelynTheriault
CameronThomas
ConnorThomas
SethThomas
CharlesThorne
PeterTillman
CharlesTompkins
IvanTran
KarrinaTremblay
NoelTurner
DerekVande
JacksonVanHerwynen
EricVettel
LukeVettel
JeremyWalker
MatthewWall
CooperWallace
JoshuaWallen
Yu-ChingWang
CorbetWarren
PhilipWatson
BraxtonWeaver
MatthewWeaver
HarrisonWedgeworth
KaterinaWelby
ChaseWengerd
DanielWentley
JonathanWestmoreland
ChristianWeyrich
StevenWhite
GarrettWhitfield
LaithWilliams
SydneyWilliams
JoAnnaWinborn
MadelynWojciechowski
DylanWood
BenjaminYeatrakas
ZacharyYoung
RonaldZappendorf
JustinZeilstra
SamuelZuschlag

Non-cadet undergraduate students

FirstLast
CadeAdams
DanielAdams
ParkerBass
CurtisBaynes
DanielleBeck
NicholasBeveridge
JacquelineBigach
WilliamBishop
DrexylBlair
TaylorBlanton
LauraBonilla
TyBouscal
CatherineBrooks
JoshuaBrown
StevenBuckwalter
EricBurchfield
ZacheryCampbell
JoshuaCastillo
RaquelClark
ChristopherClifton
ThomasConrad
JoshuaDavidson
BrettDavis
SharlissaDe Jesus Lopez
Jahdielde la Torre Palermo
BrittneyDeckard
JosephDemelis
EzekielDurand
JohnEast
ZacharyEngland
BrianneFredericks
GaryGarner
MichaelGreco
AdamGuercio
KevinHaddad
AveryHanulcik
MatthewHart
NicholasHorton
BenjaminKnight
LeinyuyLaisin
AndrewMappus
CourtneyMarsh
CharlesMartin
CodyMartin
AllysonMcRae
DustinMiller
BarryMorehart
LoganNelson
CraigNiswender
ConorNuelle
KevinNye
MeghanNyers
JasonPark
LyndsayPires
ColbyPoplin
JasonRajabi
JohnRay
RonaldReid
BriannaRice
CameronRichard
TyroneRichardson Tanco
GrantRitter
AbbyRovick
NicholasScholly
RyanSkibicki
KyleSmith
JustinStaley
JohnStork
SaraSurrett
JonathanSwartz
AshleyTowers
TaylorTugya
TiernanVanDyke
BryceWasser
ChristopherWeddell
BrandonWelch
PhillipWellons
TrevorWest
JonathanWorkman
LandenYork

Graduate students

FirstLast
MatthewBlair
JesseBrooks
ElenaBurgess
CoreyByrd
MichaelKahly
DavidMcDonald
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Drilling down into the details; freshmen cadets compete in Kelly Cup 2020 https://today.citadel.edu/drilling-down-into-the-details-freshmen-cadets-compete-in-kelly-cup-2020/ Thu, 01 Oct 2020 16:15:51 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=19062 One company can spend the year bragging about the quality of their military training after ten of their freshmen cadets proved best-drilled.]]>

One of the primary responsibilities for upperclassmen at The Citadel is to provide military instruction to the freshmen class. And now, one company on campus can spend the year bragging about the quality of their training.

Just before the clock on the tower of Padgett-Thomas Barracks struck 7 p.m., the cheers from Echo Company, the winner of this year’s Kelly Cup, reverberated off the walls.

One of the annual traditions at The Citadel is the drill competition. This year, under a Citadel-blue sky as clear as the knobs’ stripe-less shoulder boards, was no different.

“Even with the obstacles that COVID-19 has brought us, we were still in it to win it,” said Cadet Sergeant Aaron Daninger, Echo squad’s leader. “Every single person on the squad had a hunger to win and to be the best they could possibly be.”

The Kelly Cup usually occurs on the Saturday during Parents Weekend — but, as with most everything else in the world, the pandemic forced the college to make adjustments.

However, like every year before, each of the college’s companies chose their ten best-drilled freshmen cadets for their squad. The 21 companies participated in a preliminary competition; four of those moved onto the finals, held on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

After Echo, in order of their final scores, the other competitors were Golf, Lima and Charlie Companies.

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Hispanic Heritage spotlight: Citadel cadet, Maria Contreras-Muñoz https://today.citadel.edu/hispanic-heritage-spotlight-citadel-cadet-maria-contreras-munoz/ Mon, 28 Sep 2020 18:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18896 Contreras-Muñoz is as impressive off the field as she is on. The Computer Science major, minoring in Cyber Security and Information Systems, also serves as Academic Officer for Third Battalion."]]>

Photo above: Citadel soccer captain, Cadet Maria Contreras-Munoz (lower left) leading the team during a game.

As seen on News2, WCBD-TV
By Sophia deSaussure

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD)– This month, WCBD is celebrating Hispanic heritage by honoring the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the culture, history, and achievements of the United States.

Maria Contreras-Muñoz was born in Guatemala and moved to the United States to attend and play soccer at Montverde Academy in Florida. During her time on the team, they ranked No. 1 nationally by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and she finished with a 21-2-0 record as a senior.

In 2017, Contreras-Muñoz joined the Citadel’s soccer team. Citadel Soccer Coach Ciaran Traquair said the cadet – who now serves as the Bulldog’s team captain – is passionate about the game.

“She enjoys being under pressure with the ball at her feet,” he said.

Traquair said her sportsmanship and genuine care for others sets her apart from other players.

“I would say out of the 28 kids I have on my team she has the highest level of respect out of the group,” he said.

Contreras-Muñoz is as impressive off the field as she is on. The Computer Science major, minoring in Cyber Security and Information Systems, also serves as Academic Officer for Third Battalion.

As Academic Officer, she is responsible for leading the academic success of about 500 cadets in her battalion, with the help of eight other of officer cadets who report to her.

“As an Academic Officer I get to teach them and help them without punting that much pressure on them,” she said.

Traquair said nominating the midfielder as team captain was a big decision given her already intense workload.

“Putting Maria in that position, obviously I had to consider how would she handle the demands of the day to day routine. She has to manage over discipline issues [in the Corps of Cadets] and just being in a leadership position in general,” he said. “I would say she has handled that better than any kid I could ever bring on– whether they were from Charleston, South Carolina or Guatemala,” he continued.

She said she balances it all thanks to her upbringing that had an immense emphasis on education.

“Everything you put in, the commitment you put in, that is the same result you are going to get back, so it is very important to commit yourself to what you want,” she said.

Maria said it’s the emphasis on education along with a deep respect for faith and family that sets her ‘Hispanic Heritage’ apart.

“I think that is what makes us unique,” she said. “We are very family-oriented and we just bring that to the work place to them team that’s in you– you care for people,” she added.

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Lowe, The Citadel launch educational program for Civil and Construction Engineering cadets and students https://today.citadel.edu/lowe-the-citadel-launch-educational-program-for-civil-and-construction-engineering-cadets-and-students/ Sun, 27 Sep 2020 23:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18877 Citadel engineering cadets and students tour Cooper Hotel construction site in Charleston courtesy of Lowe, a real estate development companyCitadel engineering cadets and students tour Cooper Hotel construction site in Charleston courtesy of Lowe, a real estate development companyBeginning in spring 2021, Lowe’s internship program will be offered to juniors and seniors within The Citadel School of Engineering.]]> Citadel engineering cadets and students tour Cooper Hotel construction site in Charleston courtesy of Lowe, a real estate development companyCitadel engineering cadets and students tour Cooper Hotel construction site in Charleston courtesy of Lowe, a real estate development company

Photo above: Citadel engineering cadets and students tour The Cooper Hotel construction site in Charleston courtesy of Lowe, a real estate development company

On September 23, Lowe announced its partnership with The Citadel to launch a construction educational program, featuring an in-class lecture series with Lowe executives, on-site project tours and an internship program at Lowe’s Southeast regional office in Charleston for students enrolled in The Citadel School of Engineering. The program aims to provide cadets with real-world construction analysis and experiences to supplement classroom learning.

Beginning in spring 2021, Lowe’s internship program will be offered to juniors and seniors within the School of Engineering. The internship will provide participating cadets and students with real estate and construction management experiences. Interns will also work closely with Lowe senior project managers, attend construction team meetings and experience real-world construction activities with tours of active construction sites.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for these young adults to learn meaningful life skills and experience first-hand the many different components that are involved in successfully managing a multifaceted construction project,” said Mike Mansager, vice president of Lowe. Mansager adds that “through classroom lectures and in-field learning, Lowe will provide unmatched opportunities for students to learn about our local projects and take away real-world applications that will help them find great success in their careers after graduation.”

Mike Mansager, vice president of Lowe, instructing cadets and students during tour

In early September, Lowe hosted a group of Citadel cadets from professor Rebekah Burke’s Construction Engineering Materials and Methods class at the company’s construction site for The Cooper Hotel, downtown Charleston’s new full-service waterfront hotel, which broke ground in February 2020. The site tour was used to illustrate the construction process and discuss the challenges associated with building foundations for large waterfront developments.

“In talking with Mr. Mansager and the Lowe construction team, the cadets and students experienced firsthand the application and execution of technical engineering topics discussed in class,” said Burke. “As a result of this partnership between industry and academia, the students commonly described profound realizations about their career path in construction and engineering in their site visit reports and guest lecture reflections.”

Lowe is also currently hosting in-class lectures as part of a reoccurring, visiting lecture series at The Citadel School of Engineering. The most recent educational lecture, led by Mansager, focused on the topic of construction contracts. In his upcoming lectures, Mansager will discuss a variety of topics to assist cadets in better understanding how what they are learning in the classroom applies in real world applications for construction and development.

For more information about the Construction Engineering Program at The Citadel, please call (843) 953- 5083, or email sfye@citadel.edu.

Citadel engineering cadets and students tour Cooper Hotel construction site in Charleston courtesy of Lowe, a real estate development company

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My ring story: Inspired by my grandfather https://today.citadel.edu/my-ring-story-inspired-by-my-grandfather/ Sat, 26 Sep 2020 10:00:01 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18978 Cadet Dettrich and grandfatherCadet Dettrich and grandfather"The ring holds me to a higher standard."]]> Cadet Dettrich and grandfatherCadet Dettrich and grandfather

Meet Cadet Matthew Dittrich, Lawrenceville, Georgia, ’21

Who or what inspired you to attend The Citadel?

My grandfather, Louis A. Wilken, Class of 1960, would never miss an opportunity to tell me about one of his many stories about The Citadel. From marching in the heat of Charleston to having his room inspected every Saturday morning, I didn’t see how he could enjoy such a school. Nonetheless, he would wear his band of gold every day with pride.

Then came the time for me to attend college and I thought my plans would never change: I would go to Georgia Tech and join the USAF. But I started to think about the man my grandfather had become by attending the Citadel. I thought about all he taught me, and I knew that is what I wanted for my life.

In what ways has this institution impacted your life?

Before coming here, I thought leadership was just about getting the job done. I never considered about the obligations that a leader has to his or her people. Now, I realize it is about taking care of the people first and mission comes second.

“We wear the ring” is a repeated phrase amongst Alumni. What does it mean?

To me, it reminds me that I am part of a larger group myself. A group of alumni that hold themselves to a higher standard and have chosen to be leaders in their communities and their country.

What is inscribed on the inside of your ring and what is the significance?

“Part of the Journey is the End.” I put this in my ring to remind myself that The Citadel will always be a part of my life, but the time is coming to move on and use what I have learned and experienced for the rest of my life.

The Citadel is a crucible for life: like everything that goes into a crucible, it must eventually come out.  

Cadet Matthew Dittrich, Regimental Academic Officer, double-majoring in Physics and Mathematics, ’21

When you finally look down at the band on your finger, what memories will come to mind?

I think about the times my grandfather sat me down and told me stories and taught me lessons. I will think about how I can now relate to each story, and how even after 60 years, this school is still able to teach the same lessons and instill the same values in its Cadets.

What obligations do you feel you have in the future as a member of the Long Grey Line who wears the ring?

The ring holds me to a higher standard. I am not just some college graduate trying to get a job, but I will be a Citadel graduate. I will take the lessons I have learned and use them to lead and mentor others as many people have done for me.

Note: This is one in a series stories intended to show the different journeys members of The Citadel Class of 2021 have undertaken to earn their bands of gold. The Regimental Public Affairs team, Cadet Ruby Bolden, public affairs officer, and Cadet Samantha Walton, public affairs NCO sent a list of questions to participating cadets. These are the resulting stories.

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My ring story: I am stronger https://today.citadel.edu/my-ring-story-i-am-stronger/ Fri, 25 Sep 2020 18:46:40 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18949 The Citadel Volleyball team takes part in their first practice of the season in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, August 6, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)The Citadel Volleyball team takes part in their first practice of the season in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, August 6, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)"I vividly remember coming for my pre-knob visit and immediately thinking I could never survive at this school."]]> The Citadel Volleyball team takes part in their first practice of the season in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, August 6, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)The Citadel Volleyball team takes part in their first practice of the season in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, August 6, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)

Meet Cadet Mellanie King, Southlake, Texas, ’21

Who or what inspired you to attend The Citadel?

Originally, volleyball called me to The Citadel, but it is not what kept me here. For starters, there was no way I was going to another college with that haircut! But in all seriousness, I loved that I was doing something different and knew that when I looked back on my college experience, I knew I made the right decision. This institution challenged me and inspired me to be better every day.  Not only that, but the friends I made here, will continue to be a part of my life even after graduation, and for that I am forever grateful to this school for bringing us together.

What was the most difficult obstacle you conquered that made you feel you earned the honor of wearing the ring?

Cutting my hair. I know it sounds superficial, but my hair used to be a part of my identity, and I think that is the case for a lot of girls. But I understood the purpose of it. The school breaks you down to build you back up again, principled, disciplined, and stronger than ever. (Note: The grooming policy changed in 2018, matching the standards of America’s Armed Forces. Freshmen women are no longer required to cut their hair.)

This photo was taken on my Recognition y with my roommates…honestly couldn’t have gotten through know year without them. Left to right: Ally Ansell, Me, and Sharlissa De Jesus

In what ways has this institution impacted your life?

This institution impacted me most in my faith and perseverance. There were many times I thought, “I can’t do this anymore,” and sure enough there was always something that kept me going. Whether it was my friends, Jesus, my coaches, or simply my will to be there that grew stronger and stronger each and every day that I got through. When I speak about my testimony, a lot of the hardships I faced here are what I speak about.

“We wear the ring” is a repeated phrase amongst Alumni. What does it mean?

I vividly remember coming for my pre-knob visit and immediately thinking I could never survive at this school.

Personally, wearing that ring is a statement to overcoming my self-doubt and distrust in my own head. So, I think it means you worked hard for everything you accomplished here and deserve everything it has to offer. I also think it signifies unity and a sense of comfort knowing that there will always be people that have your back because of the shared experiences.

What is inscribed on the inside of your ring and what is the significance?

Romans 8:18. This verse says, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed to us.” This is significant because knob year was TOUGH. As I look back, I realize that the suffering that I was enduring, was nothing compared to what is to come from those very sufferings. Not only have I already benefited from those experiences with improvements to the way I view things and approach situations, but I am stronger. I now will be able to wear the ring and that is just another reason to give glory to God for the doors it will open.

What is a song that describes your emotions leading up to Ring Day/Parent’s Weekend and why that song selection?

As cheesy as it sounds, We Are The Champions, by Queen, definitely comes to mind. It makes me think of victory and success, which is exactly what I will be feeling as soon as I am able to say I wear the ring. I will feel like a champion!

These are my teammates on Student Athlete Appreciation Day and our strength coach who was more like a mentor to us. Back row left to right: Sharlissa De Jesus, Alicia Roberts, Sarah Dobrich, Coach, Faith Justice, Megan Fuhr, Emma Strong. Front row left to right: Me, Jen Barbot, Carcia Rodriquez, Maya Elassal.

When you finally look down at the band on your finger, what memories will come to mind?

When I look at my ring, I do not expect to just remember the good, but also the bad. I will remember my company mates, and that awesome feeling after Parents Weekend and Recognition Day, as we all knew that we were becoming stronger in bond.

I will remember the large meetings and the constant struggle with trying to stay awake in classes and during addresses. I will remember the glorious volleyball wins over Furman, Chattanooga, Mercer, and others at home when cadets were cheering us on, but I will also remember the stigma that came with being an athlete here. I can’t forget President Rosa cancelling Presidents address my knob year.

There are too many memories with my friends to reflect upon at once, but those will come up most often. I look forward to the days we can look back and laugh together.

King is captain of the Volleyball Corps this year. She is a Criminal Justice Major, and plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Psychology after graduation and playing volleyball as long as she is able.

Note: This is one in a series stories intended to show the different journeys members of The Citadel Class of 2021 have undertaken to earn their bands of gold. The Regimental Public Affairs team, Cadet Ruby Bolden, public affairs officer, and Cadet Samantha Walton, public affairs NCO sent a list of questions to participating cadets. These are the resulting stories.

King in action at the net during a match against Mercer in 2018-19.

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My ring story: I would choose The Citadel all over again https://today.citadel.edu/my-ring-story-i-would-choose-the-citadel-all-over-again/ Fri, 25 Sep 2020 10:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18908 Hill family pictureHill family pictureI come from a big military family of eight and it became a family tradition to attend a military college]]> Hill family pictureHill family picture

Meet Catherine Hill, Charlottesville, Virginia, ’21

Photo above: Cadet Catherine Hill is fourth from the right. “This is when my brother got married in August at The Citadel. It’s the only picture we have of all of us, my family is huge! My mother is Pamela and my father is LTC Ruston Hill. My older sister is 2nd LT Alexandra Gibbs and her husband is 1st LT Aaron Gibbs. My oldest brother is 2nd LT Russ Hill and his wife is Lauren. My fiancé is Ryan Jackson. My little sisters are Sophia and Victoria, and our youngest brother is Caleb.

Who or what inspired you to attend The Citadel?

My entire family inspired me to go to The Citadel.

I come from a big military family of eight and it became a family tradition to attend a military college. My Father, LTC Ruston Hill graduated from The Citadel in 1990, my older sister 2nd LT Alexandra Gibbs graduated from VMI in 2018 and my older brother 2nd LT Russ Hill graduated from The Citadel in 2020. When it was time to apply to college I couldn’t imagine myself going anywhere else.

The Citadel had just opened a new nursing program and I received an Army scholarship before I matriculated, I knew I wanted to come here. I have wanted to be a nurse for as long as I can remember. My mother, Pamela Hill who is a nurse, inspired me more than anyone to graduate from The Citadel with a BSN.  Without the support of my family I wouldn’t be here today.

This is me with my brother, 2nd Lt. Russ Hill taken at the annual Thanksgiving get together when I was a junior and he was a senior. My knob year, he came over to Echo and picked me up like this, then it became a tradition to take this picture in the quad each year.

What was the most difficult obstacle you conquered that made you feel you earned the honor of wearing the ring?

In short I would say that throughout my time here I have learned the importance of always doing the right thing, even when it wasn’t the popular decision to make. I can honestly say that at the end of the day, I know that I have always tried my best to do the right thing by my classmates and the knobs that I watched over while being an HA CPL, SGT, and officer.

What is inscribed on the inside of your ring and what is the significance?

Inside my ring is a Bible quote, “But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed,” (1 Peter 3:14). It’s significance to me refers to the moments that were the hardest to make decisions to stand up for what is right.

Note: You might remember Cadet Catherine Hill from her freshman year. She was featured in one of the college’s first Our Mighty Citadel stories. You can watch it at the bottom of this story. Seems like it was just yesterday, Catherine. Congratulations!

What is a song that describes your emotions leading up to Ring Day/Parent’s Weekend and why that song selection?

The song that comes to my mind is “5 More Minutes” by Scotty McCreery. The song talks about time flies and how we wish we could pause and have 5 more minutes to take it all in and be in the moment.

Why do you think it is important that cadets and/or people in general understand the symbolism and weight that the ring holds?

It is important because we chose to take “the road less traveled.” Anyone who has graduated from The Citadel will tell you that it wasn’t easy. Every year brought new challenges and we had to become more resilient and better leaders.

We wear the ring” is a repeated phrase amongst Alumni. What does it mean?

When we came to The Citadel we were just 18 year old young adults who had no clue what the next 4 years were going to hold for us. Here we learned the importance of Honor, Duty, and Respect. We learned how to follow and we learned how to lead. I don’t think you will find a single senior here that will tell you that they think they are the same person they were when they matriculated. We have learned so much here and will continue to carry our Citadel legacy for the rest of our lives.

What obligations do you feel you have in the future as a member of the Long Gray Line?

I am honored to be connected to a long line of alumni that I have shared similar experiences with. You just don’t get this experience and connection with people anywhere else. If i could go back in time I would make the decision to come here all over again.

I feel that I am obligated to uphold a standard as a nurse and an officer in the Army. We didn’t go through four years of The Citadel to throw away all that we have learned while we were here. It is our job as future graduates to take what we have learned here and apply it to our daily lives as we graduate and become adults.

Hill is 2nd Battalion human affairs officer, a nursing major and will commission as an officer in the U.S. Army upon graduating.

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My ring story: an active duty Marine’s journey https://today.citadel.edu/my-ring-story-an-active-duty-marines-journey/ Thu, 24 Sep 2020 17:17:44 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18863 Staff Sergeant Lyndsay Danielle Pires, Beaufort, South Carolina, ’21Staff Sergeant Lyndsay Danielle Pires, Beaufort, South Carolina, ’21"My time here at The Citadel has been crucial to my personal leadership development."]]> Staff Sergeant Lyndsay Danielle Pires, Beaufort, South Carolina, ’21Staff Sergeant Lyndsay Danielle Pires, Beaufort, South Carolina, ’21

Meet Staff Sgt. Lyndsay Danielle Pires, MECEP, ’21, Beaufort, South Carolina

Photo above: Staff Sgt. Lyndsay Danielle Pires, Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program active duty student, ’21, with son JJ

Who or what inspired you to attend The Citadel?

In addition to wanting to live in the Charleston area, The Citadel appealed to me for its prestigious reputation and alumni. This institution stands out for its unique educational experience, and opportunities within the Cadet and Veteran community to lead and learn from others within your four years here.

What was the most difficult obstacle you conquered that made you feel you earned the honor of wearing the Citadel Graduate College band of gold?

Being a dual major, a single mother, and an active duty Marine is demanding, but being entrusted with the responsibility to help mentor the future military leaders of America is just as heavy. The small part I had in these young men and women’s lives makes me feel most honored to wear the ring.

In what ways has this institution impacted your life?

My time here at The Citadel has been crucial to my personal leadership development. Not only has college given me the necessary critical thinking skills needed to succeed moving forward as a commissioned officer, but also the exposure and training within the Navy ROTC program has allowed me to network and continue to thrive in a military environment.

When you put your ring on your finger, what memories about The Citadel will you be thinking about?

Putting the ring on is the culmination of four years of opportunity. The opportunity to develop as an individual and a Marine, the opportunity to earn a valuable education, the opportunity to spend quality time raising my son, and most importantly, the opportunity to serve next to, and learn from some of the greatest men and women this country has to offer.

Like ranks in the military, the ring is a representation of past achievements and future responsibilities. In addition to the affiliation of honor and history within this great institution, the ring symbolizes that you are an individual of commendable moral character.

You are connected to thousands of alumni, not only through your Citadel experience but through the ring. How does that make you feel?

Empowered. I’m grateful to all those who paved the way before me, and hopeful for all those who will follow.

What is inscribed on the inside of your ring and what is the significance?

Next to being a mom, being a Marine is the most meaningful work I’ve ever done. The inside of my ring says both Semper Fidelis, signifying my commitment and gratitude to the Marine Corps – and JJ, my sons name and my ultimate reason why.

SSgt Pires is a Criminal Justice and English double major and an active duty Marine enrolled in the MECEP program. She will commission as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps upon graduation.

Citadel Class of 2021 MECEP student, Staff Sgt. Lindsay Danielle Pires with her son, JJ.
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My ring story: Self discipline and accountability https://today.citadel.edu/my-ring-story-self-discipline-and-accountability/ Wed, 23 Sep 2020 21:15:33 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18804 Regina-Amber-Mills-and-other-cadets-2Regina-Amber-Mills-and-other-cadets-2To “wear the ring” means that The Citadel is a unique and shared experience...that we have earned our right to be in the Long Grey Line.]]> Regina-Amber-Mills-and-other-cadets-2Regina-Amber-Mills-and-other-cadets-2

Meet Regina Amber Miles, Aiken, South Carolina, ’21

Photo above: Cadets in order of appearance are Thorne, Miles, Engel and Reen. This picture was taken right after they graduated from Marine Officer Candidate School.

Who or what inspired you to attend The Citadel?

I read Pat Conroy’s Lords of Discipline and In the Company of Men, by Nancy Mace, and that was what initially intrigued me. I also knew people who went here. But, the real selling point was when I attended a pre-knob overnight and just had this overwhelming feeling that this is where I belonged.

What was the most difficult obstacle you conquered that made you feel you earned the honor of wearing the ring?

I’d say just having the endurance to uphold your commitment to this school, no matter what personal hardships you’re going through, is reason enough to wear the ring. It can be very tempting to give into an easier alternative, especially after knob year, but this institution was not made to be easy or to become easier; that in itself is the whole point of The Citadel.

No one can better themselves by being complacent. There should never be a point in anyone’s life where they can say they “have made it.” One should always seek self-improvement whether they are a private or a general. That is the mindset The Citadel instills within us.

In what ways has this institution impacted your life?

This institution forces you to grow up in some ways, and I mean that in the best way possible. Self discipline and accountability are drilled into our heads from the start. If we fail, it is completely on us. We have to take responsibility for it, learn from it, and move on.

Why do you think it is important that cadets and/or people in general understand the symbolism and weight that the ring holds?

I don’t think that people outside of the Citadel – other than the alumni, will ever truly understand the magnitude of what the ring means to us because they have not experienced what we have endured. The ring symbolizes four years of pure sacrifice, I hope they understand that, at least.

What is inscribed on the inside of your ring and what is the significance?

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt. I live my life by this quote. Essentially, it just means your worth does not come from others nor should you let it be influenced by others.

What is a song that describes your emotions leading up to Ring Day?

“Humble Beginnings by Bazzi.” The chorus reflects how I imagine I’ll feel when I get my ring. We have been looking forward to this day for so long and it’s going to feel surreal when we have finally earned it: “Can’t believe that we made it, can’t believe that we made it. We was broke, we was breakin’…now I’m here and I’m stayin’…”

“We wear the ring” is a repeated phrase amongst Alumni. What does it mean?

It’s a really moving concept, honestly.

To “wear the ring” means that The Citadel is a unique and shared experience. The Ring also means that we have earned our right to be alumni in the Long Grey Line when we graduate. Historically speaking, every cadet does not undergo the exact same Citadel experience, but we are all connected in having been part of the Corps of Cadets. We will always have each other’s backs because we have that mutual respect.

Miles is a part of the mascot cadet handing team. She is the senior dog handler and team captain. Miles will commission as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps upon graduation. She was included in this local news story about the mascot handlers.

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