Mohawk grad will attend The Citadel

Mohawk High graduate Derek Earl Waddington has been selected by the Army to attend The Citadel.

Waddington was named by the United States Army Cadet Command in Fort Knox, Ky., as an Army ROTC three-year Advance Designee National Winner to attend the Charleston, S.C., military academy, for having achieved a meritorious record in academic studies, extracurricular participation and athletic activities, and having demonstrated exceptional leadership potential, as well as having expressed a desire to serve as an officer in the United States Army. He has been conditionally selected for the $92,000 Army ROTC Scholarship.

For the fourth consecutive year, The Citadel has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the top public college in the south for institutions granting up to a master’s degree. Waddington plans to major in The School of Business’ Supply Chain Management Professional Pathway.

Waddington, the first recipient of a $2,500 scholarship from The Greater Pittsburgh Area Citadel Club, was awarded the scholarship by Timothy D. Grant, president of the The Citadel Club..  The purpose of the scholarship is to support the development of ethical leadership with the South Carolina Corps of Cadets by providing an annual award to an outstanding student from western Pennsylvania. The club note that Derek had demonstrate the qualities of leadership, academic achievement, self-discipline, and service. 

The First Lt. Andrew J. Zelesnak, Corps of Engineers,$1,2000 Scholarship was presented to Waddington for his exceptional performance at Mohawk.

Waddington’s athletic achievements include that of a PADI scuba diver with certifications as an Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, Deep Diver, Underwater Navigator, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Enriched Air Diver, Digital Underwater Photographer, Dry Suit Diver, Search & Recovery Diver, Equipment Specialist, and Master Scuba Diver with fewer than two percent of divers ever achieve this rating logging 52 dives. He participated in cross country, track and field and PSAA Archery Bowhunter Unlimited AA.

Waddington played the alto saxophone for the Mohawk marching, concert, jazz, pep and honors bands and is a Highland Bagpipe player for the Balmoral Pipes and Drums Band in Pittsburgh. 

As an Eagle Scout candidate, Waddington volunteered 937 hours within a 22-month period to help refurbish the third floor of the Lawrence County Historical Society mansion.  

He is a lector at St. Camillus Church and has participated in the Scottish Rite Cathedral Foundation; Mohawk Future Business Leaders of America “Remembering the Heroes” annual Veterans Day Program, providing the music on the Highland Bagpipes; serving on the Lawrence County Historical Society Archives Committee; acting as a monthly program presenter, “Recycling Plastic Milk Bottles in the Cafeteria Program” at Mohawk High School; and belonging to the Eastern U.S. Pipe Band Association, and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

The Citadel’s Regimental Band and Pipes, of which Waddington is a Highland bagpipe player, will return in August to the invitation-only, world famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland. It is a month-long nightly event of music, pageantry and demonstrations by military organizations from around the world. The Citadel’s band and pipes is the only U.S. military college band to ever have been invited and will be “America’s Band” in 2015.

Waddington lives with his grandparents, Dr. Robert D. and Judith Waddington, in Mahoning Township.

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