STEWART - The first Lamarr Wilder memorial scholarship was presented earlier this month at Federal Hocking High School to a graduate of the Class of 2014.
Marietta resident Bob Springer, author of the book "Go Ahead and Break Your Child's Heart," presented the $1,000 scholarship to Peyton Seel.
Proceeds from Springer's book were donated to the school and were used to create the scholarship.
Photo courtesy of Sarah Hawley
Federal Hocking’s Peyton Seel, right, receives the first Lamarr Wilder memorial scholarship from former coach and Marietta resident Bob Springer, left.
Springer, a former football coach at Federal Hocking, dedicated his book to Wilder, who was killed at a graduation party in 2010. Wilder was a football player at Federal Hocking prior to his graduation that year.
"This is an exciting time as we are presenting the first scholarship," said Springer prior to the presentation.
"He was a wonderful young man," said Springer of Wilder. "I loved that smile."
In the dedication of his book, Springer wrote, "I am dedicating this book to Lamarr because he did not have a fair chance in life. His behavior was permitted to deteriorate, as it was unchecked by those in charge."
Springer spoke before the Federal Hocking High School student body, talking of his time at Federal Hocking, Wilder and a few life lessons for the students.
"Your dedication to something must match your skills or you will fall short or be average at best," said Springer of the hard work and dedication needed to succeed.
Springer also told the students at Federal Hocking to "steal pieces of learning and advice" from everyone you meet.
Springer led Federal Hocking to a share of the Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division title in 2005 as the head football coach.
Springer's book is available on Amazon.com as well as other bookstores.
The book is summarized online as being "designed to provide parents and leaders of student athletes with a considerable advantage as they manage their child's life in the Middle School and High School eras.
The book also goes right at parents and their 'new age inclination' to manage every aspect of their child's life during these developmental years. 'Back Home at Last,' the initial fiction story, is written in 'coach talk' and it sets up the need for parents to complete, study and dive into the Learning Considerations portion of the book?where you are ask to make important decisions about your style of leadership. In 'Lessons Learned,' the closing fiction section, you will learn that 'raising a child can be rewarding and successful.' Yes, inside every good child is a great child!"