Elks Boys All-Sports Banquet May 11; Cody Edwards guest speaker
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April 26, 2018
(Du Quoin, Ill.) - The annual Elks Boys All-Sports Banquet will be held this year on May 11 at 7:00 p.m., and Du Quoin native Cody Edwards will be this year's guest speaker.
Cody Edwards is the son of June McDaniel and the deceased Randy Edwards. His humble roots began on a small farm near Cutler Illinois where he learned the value of hard work. In Junior High he moved to Du Quoin and lived on State Route 152. With encouragement from his Family, Teachers, and Coaches, Cody was a dedicated academic and athletic stand-out. He graduated Valedictorian from DHS in 2003. On the football field he was a four year Varsity letterman, a member of the weight lifting team, and a member of the track and field team. His teams were in the Playoffs every year, and as Co-Captain he helped lead his senior team to finish the season as runner-up in the State Championship. His many accolades include selection to the All South Team, All-State Team, Chicago Sun Times Top 25 Team, the Whitey Miller Award, William G. Theobald Academic Award, and the Carroll L. Doerner Memorial Award.
After his success at DHS, Cody pursued his passion for science and math by seeking higher education. He continue to challenge himself by attending the most rigorous technical school in the country and in 2007 he earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After four bone chilling years in Boston he then traveled west to sunny California to study at Stanford University. Here he received a Master of Science in Civil Engineering with a focus in construction management. With the guidance of his Stanford Mentor, he discovered his niche in the construction business, and continued to hone his personality, leadership, and negotiation skills.
During his college years he worked hard as a coal miner to help finance his education. This experience sparked his interest in heavy civil construction and since finding his passion, Mr. Edwards has spent the past 10 years travelling the country building power plants, oil and gas facilities, and numerous tunnels in California and Hawaii. He has learned the trade from the ground up, working as a miner, superintendent, and project engineer. His experience in Du Quoin athletics continue to serve him well as he utilizes his skills to build, encourage, and lead teams in the business world. Presently he lives and works in San Francisco and is a construction manager on the city's first subway system. He enjoys hiking, surfing, and sailing, and is happily married to his newlywed wife, McKensie. He aspires to be a great builder and bring society the structures that sustain and improve peoples daily lives.
Various awards for DHS athletics will be presented at the banquet, including Outstanding Senior Athlete of the Year. Admission to the banquet is $10, which includes a meal and program. Admission is free for DHS athletes and sponsors.