BLACKSBURG, April 1, 1999 — Cadet Edward Maggio ‘s experiences at Virginia Tech transformed this self-described shy guy into the 1998-99 Man of the Year. Maggio, a history and political science major with aspirations to study law, joined the Corps of Cadets his freshman year and found a new sense of accomplishment and direction.
“Joining the Corps of Cadets became one of the best decisions in my life, for in the hardship of learning discipline I found new ways of life. I got a chance to contribute to the university, from firing a cannon at football games to winning drill competitions with the Gregory Guard Unit,” Maggio said about his years at Tech. “Cadet life … showed me that it is best in life to become part of something and make things happen.”
Maggio, who is the Corps’ executive officer and second in command, played an integral part in increasing its involvement with the university and the Greek system. However, his involvement at Tech didn’t stop there. He is a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society; Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, an organization for liberal arts and science majors; and Phi Alpha Delta, the Pre Law Fraternity.
Colonel F. Edward Schwabe Jr, deputy commandant of the Corps of Cadets, wrote of Maggio, “Throughout his academic and military career at Virginia Tech, Ed has developed all the attributes of a leader to a marked degree. He is morally and ethically sound, mentally tough, and well prepared physically for the demands of leadership.”
Maggio’s ability to lead surfaced in the organizations he is actively involved. Since spring 1996 he has been a member of the Association of the U.S. Army and a part of the Skipper Crew — including cadet cannon detail and serving as an executive officer. He also joined The Gregory Guard in 1996 and has been on the drill team and served as the Old Guard Chairman. During his junior year, Maggio was also active in the Ranger Challenge/Company, served as vice president of the Italian American Society, UT Prosim Ambassadors, Recruiting Outstanding Cadets, and the Virginia Tech Union movie committee. He continues to be active with the Inside Guard Knights of Columbus and the Residence Hall Federation. He is also proud of his work outside the university’s boundaries at the New River Community Action Group’s Adult Clothes Bank.
Maggio’s academic success has put him on the deans list since fall 1995, earned him the Commandant’s Award, Class of ’54 scholarship, Emerging Leader Scholarship, and an Army ROTC scholarship. His awards outside of the university have included the American Legion Outstanding Achievement Award, Addison Caldwell Memorial March Award, Association of the U.S. Army Top Historian Award, and the Daughters and Founders of Patriots Award.
After graduation and after completing Army Advanced Camp at Fort Lewis in Washington, Maggio will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.