Kappa Alpha Order

Brother Named to Academic All-American Team

2018 Google Cloud program recognizes extraordinary student athletes

Both on the track and in the classroom, Will Braddock (Theta Commission—The Citadel ’18) makes an impression. The College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) named him to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-American first-team for his accomplishments at The Citadel.

Braddock represents the Southern Conference as the only male athlete to make the cut—becoming The Citadel’s first track and field/cross country athlete to clinch a coveted spot on the first team.

“I could never have done this without the support of my coaches, teammates, classmates, and professors pushing me to be better than I thought I could be and helping me along the way when I most needed it,” said Will, who served as a first lieutenant in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

He graduated with a 4.0 grade point average in the university’s Honor College, where he studied electrical engineering and earned his place on both the Dean’s List and the SoCon (Southern Conference) Academic Honor Roll.

Braddock boasts three top-10 finishes of the eight track and field meets in his senior season. He competed in every cross-country meet for the Bulldogs.

Will joined the Theta Commission in May of last year alongside 76 other initiates. He said the values of KA played a role in his decision to join the brotherhood. “These values help to give me a code to live by, a way to help guide me when times get tough so that I know I am going in the right direction and that I am living the most honest life I can.”

Along with his brothers-in-arms of The Citadel, Will joins the ranks of The Order alongside his father and older brother. “This brotherhood gives us all another connection that we share and therefore helps strengthen the bonds between us.”

Deepening existing connections and forging new ones, Will said his membership in The Order made a difference in his transition into graduate school, as he began a Ph.D. program at Georgia Tech this fall. “I am able to go to another school, meet someone I never knew, and as soon as we both realize we’re both in KA there is that instant connection.”

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