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2021 – 2022 Editors and Advisor
of The Gold Star Journal
Elissa, a third-class student from Hotel company, comes from Andrews, South Carolina. She is a Second Battalion legacy as her father graduated from Hotel, Class of ’93.
Elissa is an Intelligence and Security Studies and Spanish double major with a double minor in Cyber Interdisciplinary Studies and Leadership Studies. She has excelled in the classroom, receiving Gold Stars every semester. Academically, Elissa is a member of the Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program and the Citadel Leadership Scholars Program. She was recently inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, known for being the nation’s oldest and most selective multidisciplinary collegiate honor society. Elissa is currently an intern for Congresswoman Nancy Mace’s Charleston office, where she assists the Constituent Services team and the District Director. In her free time, Elissa enjoys going to the beach, listening to podcasts, and watching investigational-related media. Following graduation, Elissa hopes to be accepted into a prestigious post-graduate program, where she will study Foreign Relations and International Affairs.
Kenneth is a junior from Sierra Company. He is from Los Altos, California, where he graduated from Los Altos High School. Kenneth is a Political Science major and English minor with a focus on Pre-Law.
He has excelled in the classroom, receiving gold stars or dean’s list every semester. Upon graduation, Kenneth hopes to attend a top-tier law school in Southern California, pursue a career in privacy law, and work in the Silicon Valley. Kenneth has always had a passion for literature, especially in the fields of law, politics, and history. Kenneth’s others activities involve being a member of the American Conservation Coalition. One of his strong passions is volunteering for environmental conservation. While volunteering with the Low Country Branch of the ACC, Kenneth was asked to assist in media and legislative relations, specifically helping to craft policy ideas and messaging. In his free time, he enjoys reading works from the great philosophers and freewriting about a variety of topics. Kenneth is extremely eager to be involved in civil discourse and wants to work towards bringing people together to solve world problems.
John is a junior from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He is majoring in Political Science with a focus on Pre-Law and Legal Studies and minoring in Philosophy.
At The Citadel, John is a member of the Distinguished Scholars Program and the Honors Program. This Fall, John is interning in Washington, D.C. for the United States Senate Budget Committee. Having won a Gilman scholarship, John will be participating in a virtual, internship focused on analyzing refugee dynamics or a virtual study abroad program on refugee studies. In the last year, he has interned with criminal defense and civil pro bono attorneys, as well as Senator Tim Scott’s North Charleston office. John also volunteers as a grant writer for P&G Purpose Australia, a nonprofit aimed at assisting refugees through innovative initiatives such as long-term housing solutions. John serves as a student representative for Monday.com, a project management company. At The Citadel, John founded the Debate Club. He participates in the Citadel’s Toastmaster’s chapter. He was a finalist in the Corps-Wide Speaking Contest in 2021, delivering a speech entitled “Social Media: A Pandemic of Sheep.” With his interests in global politics, humanitarian efforts, and a passion for speech, he represents the Citadel delegation in the Model Arab League. Ultimately, John aspires to become an attorney practicing international law through litigation and arbitration. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, exercising, surfing and volunteers with local outreach organizations and city government to assist the J1 International Student populations in his hometown.
Dylan, a sophomore, is in Sierra Company. He hails from North Myrtle Beach, SC. He is currently pursuing a degree in Intelligence and Security Studies and plans to minor in psychology.
Dylan has obtained Dean’s List status throughout his cadet career while engaged in various organizations on campus. He is an athlete on the Citadel Rifle Team. He has been selected to serve as Sierra Company’s representative on the Company Community Engagement Council and the Student Diversity Council. He is the Founder and President of the Citadel Intelligence Club. He is also President of the National Coalition Building Institute chapter on campus. He holds the position of Secretary for the Judo Club. Dylan has served as a Summer SUCCEED fellow and AmeriCorps Vista for the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. Dylan is passionate about leadership and in his free time engages in community service to give back to the community and to sharpen his servant leadership skills. Upon graduating, Dylan plans on commissioning as an Intelligence officer in the United States Army and attending online school to obtain his master’s and doctorate degrees.
Trey is a Senior from Charlie Company. He hails from Blythewood, SC. He is currently pursuing four degrees: a B.S in both Computer Science and Cyber Operations and a B.A in both Intelligence and Security Studies and Criminal Justice along with a Double Minor in Cybersecurity and Fine Arts.
Trey has obtained Dean’s List and Gold Stars throughout his cadet career while performing multiple extra and co-curricular activities. Trey was just recently selected to serve as Charlie Company’s Honor Representative and Charlie Company’s Company Community Engagement Council Representative. Trey currently holds the position of Treasurer and Secretary of The Citadel’s Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society Chapter. He has served as a Cyber mentor to a high school and middle school during his time as a cadet and is the most senior member of the Citadel’s Cyber Unit. As a Department of Defense scholar, Trey will serve in the federal space after graduation. He plans on obtaining a master’s degree and eventually his Ph.D. Trey will continue to give back to those who have helped him along the way.
Jesse is a junior from Band Company. He is from York, South Carolina, where he graduated from York Preparatory Academy. Jesse is a dual major in physics and mathematics with a minor in fine arts.
He has received gold stars every semester. He was recently selected to serve as Band’s academic NCO. Jesse is the vice president of both the Math club and the Society of Physics Students. He is also an officer for the gaming club. He is currently employed by The Citadel as a cadet tour guide and as a tutor for physics. This past summer, Jesse was an intern for NASA at Clemson University, where he worked to develop carbon nanoparticles. Jesse hopes to continue his education in graduate school and earn a degree in an engineering field.
Hampton is a Junior with an English major and a minor in Biology. He is currently in Echo Company. He comes from McClellanville, South Carolina.
Hampton is a legacy from 1952 graduate William Robert Spillers. He is a member of the Citadel Episcopalian group and the Huguenot Church. Hampton enjoys hunting and shad fishing every spring in Moncks Corner, as long as the fish are swimming. His aspirations range from working for SCDNR to teaching English, but his future is always in the making.
Dr. Suzanne Mabrouk
Advisor and Founder
Dr. Mabrouk has been teaching chemistry at The Citadel since fall 1993. Her areas of expertise include organic chemistry, introductory chemistry, and the chemistry of art. She enjoys helping students learn chemistry and working with the editors on The Gold Star Journal . In her spare time, she enjoys scroll sawing, turning wood on the lathe, making soap and toiletries, and reading.