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Citadel News Service
18 Mar 2006

Citadel awards two Palmetto Medals

A Columbia businessman and the highest ranking cadet on campus were honored Saturday with Palmetto Medals as part of Corps Day festivities. This year marks the 163rd anniversary of the founding of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

The Citadel awarded Palmetto Medals to Fred Lewis Price Jr., '75, and Frederick Ogden Nash, '06.

Cadet Owen Broom

Also during Corps Day, The Clubb Award was presented to the member of the Summerall Guards voted by his peers as the most outstanding member. The award is named for Harold K. Clubb, Class of '68, who died in a plane crash in 1971.

The Summerall Guards is a 61-member silent drill platoon at The Citadel. Voted its most outstanding member was Cadet Owen Michael Broom, the Guard first sergeant.

"He excelled in ensuring the unit was in place, on time, and in the correct uniform for every event the unit went to this year," said Maj. Ken Boes, the staff advisor to the Summerall Guards. Broom is a member of Oscar Company and a political science major from Houston, Texas.

The Palmetto Medal is the highest honor the college can bestow with the exception of honorary degrees. The Citadel Board of Visitors annually presents the Palmetto Medal to cadets, faculty, staff or alumni in recognition of exceptional performance that reflects great credit on The Citadel or the state of South Carolina.

Fred Price

Price, a member of Class of 1975, exemplifies The Citadel's teachings of leadership through service to others by his many professional achievements and his service to his alma mater.

A Columbia businessman and president of Ace Glass Company, Inc., Price has been a devoted supporter of The Citadel as well as a leader in organizations that focus on professional and community improvements.

He has served as board chairman for the Better Business Bureau of South Carolina as well as chair of the board of directors for the Carolina Children's Home. He is a board member of the Palmetto Health Alliance and served for 12 years on the board of directors for the Hammond School in Columbia. His leadership in Citadel organizations includes service as president of The Citadel Alumni Association and as the association's representative on The Citadel Board of Visitors from homecoming of 2002 until homecoming of 2003. He has also been president of the Columbia Area Citadel Club and a district director for the former Association of Citadel Men. A life member of The Citadel Alumni Association, he has served on the association's board of directors since 1981.

Cadet Ogden Nash

Cadet Nash fulfills the requirements of his position as regimental commander of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets exemplifying the highest ideals of a cadet, knowing that his actions will set the tone for leadership and the example for others to follow.

Cadet Nash, who is from Hilton Head Island, is a psychology major and holds an Army contract. He was awarded the Maj. William Marks Hutson Award for leadership, academic excellence and devotion to duty during his junior year.

He demonstrated leadership abilities early in his career as a regimental operations clerk and later as battalion administrative clerk and first battalion sergeant major.

His high academic achievement has earned Nash Gold Stars as well as multiple Dean's List, President's List and Commandant's List designations. He also served as president of The Citadel's chapter of Psi Chi, the national psychology honor society, during his sophomore and junior years.

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