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Cope native helps company earn Kelly Cup at Citadel
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Cope native helps company earn Kelly Cup at Citadel

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Cadet Sergeant Aaron Daninger congratulates Echo Company after they earned this year's Kelly Cup at The Citadel.

CHARLESTON — William Workman of Cope, South Carolina is one of the outstanding cadets to help Echo Company earn this year's Kelly Cup at The Citadel.

One of the primary responsibilities for upperclassmen at The Citadel is to provide military instruction to the freshmen class, and one of the college's annual traditions the drill competition. Each company sends ten knobs, and two alternates, to compete — with one upperclassmen leading the squad.

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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