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Woman Sends Her Application To Enter Citadel

The woman who wants to follow Shannon Faulkner into the Citadel’s corps of cadets made her formal application to the state military college on Monday.

The school won’t consider Nancy Mellette’s application until the courts decide whether the corps can remain all-male, spokesman Terry Leedom said.

“She will be sent a letter saying the issue is being adjudicated,” he said. “The application will be put on hold pending resolution of the case, and the trial begins Nov. 6.”

After the trial U.S. District Court Judge C. Weston Houck will consider whether a women’s leadership program at Converse College, a private women’s school in Spartanburg, is an acceptable alternative to admitting women to the Citadel corps.

Mellette, 17, is a senior at Oak Ridge Military Academy, a coed preparatory school in North Carolina. Her father is a Citadel graduate and her brother is a Citadel cadet. She wants to intervene in the lawsuit Faulkner filed challenging the constitutionality of a public school barring women from the corps.

Faulkner became a cadet last month after a 2-1/2-year court fight but dropped out after less than a week, citing stress.