Colonel Myron C Harrington Award

The Colonel Myron C. Harrington Award honors Colonel Harrington, Citadel graduate, Citadel former faculty member and former president of the Charleston Foreign Affairs Forum, predecessor of the World Affairs Council of Charleston. It is given annually to a Citadel cadet with outstanding academic qualifications, especially in the study of international affairs. Dr. Dubose Kapeluck,  chair of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice directed the selection. The award is presented by WACC member Caroline Thibault. SSGT Jeffrey Smeriglio received this year’s award.


2017 award winner

SSgt jeffrey smeriglio

Originally from Greenwich CT,  Staff Sergeant Smeriglio enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2007.  Upon completion of basic training at Parris Island he was promoted to Private First Class and completed Marine Combat Training. Deployed to Camp Lejeune, he was an honors graduate of 2nd Battalion  6th Marines Corporals Course. 

In August 2010,  Corporal  Smeriglio deployed to Afghanistan as Platoon Ammunition chief. In April 2011, he re-enlisted and was promoted to Sergeant, returning to the United States the following month. He has held a variety of leadership positions at the Marine platoon and company level and has been active throughout as a Martial Arts instructor.  In June 2012, he was selected for the Marine Corps Commissioning Education Program. He completed Officer Candidate School in 2013, and came to The Citadel, being promoted to Staff Sergeant.

He is a double major in Political Science International and Military Affairs and Spanish, receiving the Gold Star award for a 4.0 grade point average in every semester at the Citadel. He has also received the Daughters of the American Revolution award for demonstrating qualities of dependability and good character, leadership ability and a deep understanding of the patriotic importance of ROTC training. 

Jeffrey Smeriglio’s military awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He currently serves the local community as a medical translator at the Dreamcenter free medical clinic in Mt. Pleasant.


2016 award winner

Luis Miguel Parrado

Originally from Columbus, Georgia,  Mr. Parrado is a senior cadet at The Citadel who will graduate in May 2016 with honors in Political Science with a focus on Pre-law and Legal Studies. He is an Eagle Scout and a Citadel Scholar who twice received the Star of the West Summer Scholarship, studying at universities in Estonia and Latvia and at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.  He was an intern with the Superior Court of Muscogee County in Columbus and in the Washington office of U.S. Representative Marshall Sanford.

Captain of The Citadel’s Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Team since 2013, he researches and plans case studies, assisting the faculty coach at the Regional Ethics Bowl in Florida.  Both in 2015 and 2016, Mr. Parrado was a Citadel delegate to the NATO Bowl, held in Washington,  where  he represented Canada in the “Emerging Threats Committee.” He is also Editor of the Gold Star Journal, The Citadel’s scholarly journal, compiling and editing academic paper submissions, also formatting the paper and photograph submissions.

Within the Corps of Cadets, Mr. Parrado is a Company Commander, responsible for approximately 100 cadets, including their morale, academic proficiency, military  training, and intramural athletics, and provides feedback to the Commandant for the improvement and daily functioning of the Corps.  He is on the Dean’s List, the President’s List and the Commandant’s Distinguished Service List, and is a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies.