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Citadel News Service
29 May 2012

Cadet Cody Edelman wins 2012 public speaking contest

Harry R. (Cody) Edelman V won the 2012 Corps-wide Speaking Competition this spring with his speech about bridges in his hometown of Pittsburgh and bridges in life.

Edelman’s winning speech entitled “There Was a Time,” was the best of five speeches presented in the final round of the Corps-wide Speaking Competition. Edelman, a junior political science major, received the Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Award at the graduation convocation.

Pre-Business major Peter Faliciani, a freshman from Asbury, N.J., was the runner-up. Falciani’s speech “Who’s Going to be Batman” followed the theme of keeping childhood dreams alive. Other finalists in the competition included sophomore biology major Jimmy DeRosa of Winchester, Mass.; junior criminal justice major Ryan McCoy of Flanders, N.J., and junior education major Julie O’Meara of Indianapolis, Ind.

The competition is sponsored annually by the Oral Communications Lab to showcase excellent public speakers in the Corps. The championship award is named in honor of Henry Dale Smith, a 1947 graduate of The Citadel and CEO Emeritus of H.D. Smith, who gave the original gift to establish the Oral Communications Lab.

The Oral Communications Lab hosts the competition to highlight the talents of excellent cadet speakers and to promote the services of the lab. The lab films and assists with presentations by cadets and Citadel Graduate College students as well as faculty and staff. The Oral Communications Lab also sponsors El Cid Toastdawgs, the campus chapter of Toastmasters International. 

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