On May 22, 2017, at the Minford High School Senior Awards Assembly, Mary Pica (daughter of Jeff and Nancy Pica) and Tyler McCormick (son of Shannon and Michael McCormick) each were awarded a $500.00 scholarship, honoring the memory of Jared “Hammer” Dever, who passed away Jan. 1, 2005.
Jared, son of Anita McGinnis and Terry Dever of Minford, Ohio, was a 1997 graduate of Minford High School, where he was a three sport athlete (baseball, basketball, soccer). He excelled in the game of baseball, earning many awards including being selected for the State of Ohio First Team for the school’s division. He was awarded a collegiate baseball scholarship from Malone College in Canton, Ohio. At Malone, he continued to excel in his baseball career, being selected as captain by his Malone teammates for his last two years of participation and breaking several long standing records for the college. To date, Jared still holds the personal records for most home runs during a Malone College career with 50; runs batted in with 148; on base percentage with .489; and slugging percentage with .730.
Jared’s Malone Assistant Coach, Tom Crank (now holding the Head Coach position at Malone), shared the following: “Jared was a very competitive player and leader for his teammates as well as for others around him. He would always strive for and work hard towards his goals and would expect nor accept anything less from those around him.” Mary and Tyler both exhibit these same traits, which was just one of the many reasons for their selections for the scholarship awards.
Through the awarding of these scholarships, not only will they provide financial assistance to these very deserving students for furthering their education, but most of all, Jared’s memory will continue to be honored.
The Jared “Hammer” Dever Memorial Scholarships are made possible through donations from many loving family members. Donations can be made at any location of the Atomic Credit Union for those that may wish to make donations in Jared’s memory.