Edelman Wins '12 Corps-Wide Speaking Contest
Junior Harry R. (Cody) Edelman V won the 2012 Corps-Wide Speaking Competition with his speech titled, There Was a Time, about bridges in his hometown of Pittsburgh, and building bridges in life. The junior political science major, with a minor in German and East Asian Studies, was one of five cadets who made it to the final round. Cadet Edelman has traveled all over the East Coast and even to Canada, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, and China. He is contracted with the Army as a 4 year scholarship and plans to be commissioned into the Army after graduation as a 2nd Lt. After serving his time in the Army, he plans to attend graduate school and pursue some type of international work.
Runner-up in the competition was Peter Falciani, a freshman pre-business major from Asbury, NJ. Falciani's speech, Who's going to be Batman?, followed the theme of keeping childhood dreams alive. Peter is one of six children. He was homeschooled his entire life up until senior year of high school, when he spent two semesters in community college. He spent eleven years in the Boy Scouts of America, and is an Eagle Scout and a Vigil honor member in the Order of the Arrow. His hobbies include mixed martial arts and carpentry. Falciani plans on going into construction management after graduation.
Other finalists in the competition included education major Julie O'Meara, biology major Jimmy DeRosa, and criminal justice major Ryan McCoy.
The competition is sponsored annually by the Oral Communications Lab to showcase public speaking as a noteworthy skill. The OCL also sponsors El Cid Toastdawgs, the campus charter of Toastmasters International.